How to Nail Your Acting Audition
Nailing an audition is tough, but try these audition tips
It is every actor’s worst nightmare; you’re perfect for a role, you prepare for the audition, and then you flub it. It’s all well and good if you’re the right person for the part, but if you don’t know how to nail an audition, the deck is stacked against you.
Never fear: we’ve assembled a list of tips for how to win an audition. These tips won’t just make you a better actor — they’ll significantly increase your chances of success. Read on and discover how to give an audition for acting parts in a way that blows people away.
Learn how to introduce yourself in an audition
Casting agents watch tens, hundreds, even thousands of auditions. It’s important to make an impact immediately. You can do this with something as simple as learning how to introduce yourself in an audition properly.
Give your full name, nice and clear, and any other information that is pertinent, like the name of your agent. Doing even that small thing right can help to make a good impression.
This is also true when considering what to say in an audition video. Get it right and tight, and you’ll be one step closer to nailing that audition.
Take some acting classes to improve your skills and confidence
The best way to nail an acting audition? Why, that is to be an incredible actor, brimming with talent, and possessing the right amount of confidence. Ah, but that begs the age-old question: how to be good at acting? Beginners should seek out some lessons as a first port of call. Indeed, even seasoned professionals can find something to learn from a good teacher.
You don’t have to commit to a course that runs for years. If you’re pressed for time, even part-time acting classes can make a big difference.
Ask yourself “what do casting directors look for in auditions?”
Empathy is a big part of acting. Good acting involves putting yourself in somebody else’s shoes, looking at the people around you, and responding to the situation. That’s true of acting technique, but it’s also true for nailing an audition.
Ask yourself, “what is the casting director looking for in this audition?” and the answers are likely to be:
- Somebody right for the role
- Somebody easy to work with, confident, and professional
- Somebody who is committed and is giving it their all
Getting stuck in your head is a sure way to fail at the audition stage. Keep your eyes open, think about what would most impress the people in decision-making positions, and move ahead with that in mind.
Billy Milionis is one of the few Australians to have ever studied under the legendary master teacher, the late Sanford Meisner. Billy has also studied story structure and scene analysis techniques with John Truby and later at UCLA. He has also spent several years doing improvisation in Hollywood with the L.A. Connection. In addition, he trained in the technique of Stella Adler, Practical Aesthetics and Lee Strasberg’s method.