Acting is one of the hardest careers to achieve, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pursue it. But, even more, than you would prepare for an interview, you can’t just head into an audition and wing it. You need to prepare and practice if you want to have a shot at being cast for something. An audition, like anything else in life, is a chance to show your skills, and if this is your dream job, you need to be able to make a great first impression.
The first thing you need to do is to find an audition. Places like Auditions HQ – local audition finder, do exactly what they say on the tin. You can find auditions on sites like this, or you can sign up to an agency and find them that way. Be prepared to travel and for a lot of waiting around, but you never know which one will become your big break.
If you’re serious about becoming an actor, having an agent can help you immensely. Not only do they source auditions for you, but they don’t get paid until you do – so they want you to get work. Choose a reputable agency, and know the fakes from the real deal; if they ask for money up front, they’re fake. An agent will also negotiate contracts and wages on your behalf.
When you get an audition, it’s time to get Google up and start researching. If the role is for a sequel, a remake or a TV series, then you have a great platform to begin with. You can learn the storyline the plot twists, and the way characters have been portrayed in the past. If it’s something completely new, then look into the director and writers involved. Sites like IMDB can show you the full filmography of more than just actors. This way you get a sense of their filming style. If you know it’s set in a certain historical period, then dive into it, learn the common mannerisms, like how a woman would stand while wearing a full set of stays. Or how a man would walk in heels. These little things are what will set you apart from the other auditions.
For larger roles, you’ll be sent a sample script in advance of your audition. It might just be a page, or it could be a whole scene. Get those lines down. Be prepared to improvise and change the intonation of a line in reaction to another character. But having the lines in your head and not on a piece of paper looks a lot more professional. If you get to an audition and are given the lines then and there, do your best to get most of it off the paper. Learning lines quickly is something you will be expected to do throughout a career as an actor, so get practising at home to make it easier when you’re under pressure.