Research your part

The first important thing to do is research your role and the show. If it’s a theatre performance, chances are that it’s been on stage before, so look up the characters and the production. You might find clips online, so this is a good place to start. All members of the cast and roles will follow a character arc, so if you can learn about this then getting into that persona shouldn’t become too difficult.

Learn your lines

Your lines of the script and lyrics of your song should be so ingrained in you that you can say them in your sleep! Practise in front of friends and family to help you confidently deliver your part. Perhaps practise ‘cold reading’ as well just in case the directors give you a new script to improvise from or a song to learn overnight.

The night before

Some auditions can last all day, so prepare some healthy snacks to take to keep your energy levels high. Get your outfit out ready the night before, too, so you’re not stressing in the morning – something comfy yet professional. Wearing something similar to the character could get your creative juices flowing during your performance.

On arrival

Bring something to keep you occupied while you wait – a crossword or a book, perhaps. Anything to keep you busy. We’re all for sparking conversations with fellow performers, but an audition is ‘me time’. Keep focused, as conversations with others can spark your nerves and district you. Having something to do will also stop you pacing the halls, reciting your lines. That will just serve to increase your nerves and, after all, you should know them by now!

First impressions

First impressions are key. When you walk into the room, you need to ooze confidence. You know you’re right for the role, now show them you are! In fact, it’s proven we make over 27 judgements about another person within seconds of meeting them. So from the minute you walk in, your posture, body language, voice tone, breathing rate, eye contact, etc. is already creating an impression. And keep this positive impression going by introducing yourself quickly and confidently – “Good evening, I’m x and this is x in the first act.” Always remember the 3 C’s: comfortable, charismatic, and confidence.

 The panel

Don’t put them on a pedestal. Doing so will just make you nervous and, after all, they are just like you. Don’t forget they want to find the right person for the role – they are willing for you to be fantastic! Use your time wisely, don’t waste too long with introduction, maximise your time showing off what you can do. You have a limited time, but within those minutes they are at your mercy and you have the ability to make them laugh or even cry. Above all, have fun – this is your time to shine!

Timing is key

You will usually get two minutes to deliver your piece. Stick to it! Two minutes is plenty, likelihood is that they’ve made their decision in the first 30 secs. Make sure you’ve rehearsed with a stopwatch and have your timing is correct. But if you do get cut off, don’t be down heartened, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed – it means they’re probably renting by the hour!

The aftermath

After the audition, try not to overthink your performance or dwell on what you could have done better. Directors and casting agents are busy people, but remember they will get back to you! If you get the role then the fun part is about to start, but if you’re not lucky enough this time, keep your chin up because there’s always next time.  Always ask for feedback, too, as  it’s a great way to move on and learn from the experience.

 

So there you have it, the definitive guide to nailing your audition – let us know how you prepare for your auditions by tweeting us @LMALiverpool.