It is very unlikely that the actors, singers or dancers you see on the screen just walked into a role. The audition process is something everyone in the Performing Arts industry will have to endure. This may seem daunting to many, but with the right preparation, you can tackle any audition that comes your way.
Here are some of our favourite tips to help you succeed:
Know the Message
Directors are looking for people who can help relay their message in the best way possible. For actors, this includes getting to know the character; their personality, relationships with other characters, and their role in the wider plot. For singers, ask yourself what type of emotion are producers trying to evoke?
Dancers too have a role to play in expressing a message in a production through movement. Understanding what the ultimate aim is will help you give the performance Directors and Producers are looking for.
Professionality is extremely important in Performing Arts. You should always maintain professionalism to everyone you meet in the industry, including those who are also auditioning for the same role. It’s a sad reality that not everyone adheres to this. Don’t let others’ actions affect yours, be polite and courteous, and tell all those part of the audition process “Thank you,” – even to the secretary who greeted you. Bring everything you need with you on the day (and make copies!) including CVs and headshots.
Have a 5-Minute Warm-Up
Before you’re due to take the stage, it is always a good idea to do a warm-up, so you feel more prepared. For singers, this often involves warming up the vocal cords. Dancers may need to stretch and get their muscles going before going on stage. Actors may also want to stretch so they feel physically ready for the audition. For mental preparedness, if you’re sure about your lines or routine, then consider doing a bit of meditation beforehand to help clear the mind and calm yourself.
This seems quite obvious to many, but sometimes it is easier said than done as our nerves can get the best of us. Take a deep breath and put on a smile before walking out on stage. Don’t let anything from the outside world distract you from this moment. Leave bad days behind and keep your head held high. Be very aware of what your body language is saying; Directors aren’t looking for people who can just do the role, but those who can do so confidently.
Take Care of Yourself
Like with any aspect of life, you need to look after yourself to be able to give the best performance possible. This includes eating and drinking right the day before and day of. Dancers may want to have some pasta or another dish with healthy carbs to help give you energy. You also want to take time for yourself too. Go to bed early the night before to get a good night’s rest so you feel refreshed and alert when walking into your audition. When you feel good, this will reflect in your performance.
Are you considering a career in the Performing Arts? To be truly prepared for the world of entertainment, TPAC covers audition preparation as part of our courses. Whether it be acting, singing, or dancing, our team of industry-experienced tutors will give you the tools you need to confidently walk into any audition.
Find out more about our Performing Arts courses or contact us with any questions you may have. Let us help you start your new exciting career!