6 Tips To Nail Your Audition
July 26th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
It’s no secret: auditioning can be a scary process! There is an undeniable pressure to be your best at the risk of losing out on an opportunity to perform. But auditions don’t have to be all doom and gloom! If you’ve got an audition coming up and it’s stressing you out, take a look at these 6 helpful tips that can help you out of your audition rut.
#1: Remember that the people watching your audition want you to succeed!
Although they can seem intimidating, they’re only trying to find their perfect fit, and it would make things a lot easier for them if you fit what they’re looking for! No one is holding auditions and hoping that everyone will fail, it’s better to have everyone do well so the casting team has an amazing pool to choose from! So when you feel that everyone is against you, remember: they’re on your side!
#2 Prepare, prepare, prepare!
One of the easiest ways to be your best in an audition and feel confident doing it is to prepare. Of course, you usually won’t know the choreography ahead of time, but there are still other things you can do to prepare. Get a good night’s sleep and make sure to eat a hearty breakfast. Be sure to stretch and warm up before the audition if you have time, and arrive early to make sure you do!
If you do know the steps already, repeat them until they’re so ingrained in your mind you simply couldn’t forget them! The same goes working on a song for any musical theatre auditions in which you may have to sing! The best auditioner is one who has put in all the work they can to shine their brightest. Oftentimes, you’ll also feel more confident if you put in the extra work ahead of time!
#3 Be your unique self!
The best way to stick out in an audition is to do something uniquely you. If it’s appropriate,putting your own personal flair on a move can show off something that only you can bring to the table. If you can confidently be yourself in an audition room, the casting team will take notice. This is your chance to take a risk and make a strong choice; better to try something big than to blend into the background. Shine like that star you are!
#4 If you fall, keep getting up again.
It’s inevitable that there will be mistakes in an audition here and there. What makes a good auditioner is not how frequently they make a misstep. But how they’re able to move on from one. Try your best to not get down on yourself if you fail, just move on with confidence. It happens on stage too, and the best approach is to move on like no accidents were made. Chances are, an audience won’t even notice. It’s that kind of tenacity that a casting team is looking for; they want to know that if you have a flop onstage, you’ll be able to keep going instead of getting down in the dumps about it. So, when the inevitable mistake happens, just smile and move on like you meant to do it!
#5 Plan something fun!
A useful tip to not being a nervous wreck before an audition is to plan something fun afterwards. You don’t want the whole day to just be about the dreaded audition you have coming up. Maybe you can plan to see a movie with friends or take a walk in the park. If you have something exciting to look forward to after the audition it will make take some of the focus away from the fear you might have. Go in with the confidence that no matter what happens in the audition room, you’re going to have a great day after!
#6 Think: performance appointments
Rather than thinking about auditions as auditions, try to look at them as “performance appointments.” If you love to dance, then an audition is just another opportunity for you to do what you love! Although it may seem scary, try to have some fun! Who knows, you may surprise yourself. Even if you don’t end up booking the project, at least you can say you had a good time in the process! So go up there and show them what you can do, but most importantly, have a good time doing it!
Even the most seasoned professionals can be intimidated at the thought of auditioning. Rejection is scary, but in time you’ll be able to brush off a rejection like it was nothing! Everyone is in the same boat as you and it’s important to remember not to take anything personally if things don’t go your way. Sometimes you’re not the right fit for a project and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean you’re not talented or that you didn’t slay your audition. And if you do happen to book an audition, that’s amazing too! When the inevitable audition heebie-jeebies come around, remind yourself of these 6 tips and you’ll be excited to give it your best shot!
Aran Abilock is a writer for StarQuest. He loves mac and cheese, theatre, and all things Pokémon!