Acting is a big career choice that comes with a lessons to learn in the process. What's the most bottom line tip you can understand? Well, in most careers, first impressions are everything. This is no less true for an actor is no different and the best place to start is with the audition. Acting auditions can spike your nerves in a make it or break it kind of way. How you show up at an acting audition is half the battle. So let's start there. Here are some basic tips to help you act with confidence at your next acting audition.
In preparing for an acting audition, it is vital to remember that your audition begins long before you ever enter the room. You are an actor the moment you wake up, so step in to your role. Do whatever you do to get into your zone and mental focus… and begin your audition the moment you walk into the building. Your role to play is the ‘talented actor’. Embrace it and be prepared to take control of the room.
AS YOU WAIT
Ah, the experience of waiting before an audition. Those golden minutes of sitting and wondering, going over your lines while surrounded by others both nervous and confident alike. It’s true. You will likely find yourself in that situation. But the fears and egos of those around you do not determine your ability or the success of your audition. This brings me to my next point-
Thought Influences Behavior. What you choose to think and focus on determines how you will behave and ultimately portray yourself. If you are surrounded by people afraid or nervous about failure, you will likely pick up on their anxiety and own it as if it were your own. Do not limit your opportunities by wearing the anxiety of others. Remind yourself of your talent, your passion, drive and goals. Be proud of your decision to follow your dreams and confidently wait – proud and thankful to have this opportunity.
Just as our thoughts influence our behaviors, our behaviors also influence our thoughts. If you are sitting with your posture slumped and shoulders rounded, you allow your body to tell both others and yourself that you are not worthy of the job. Rather, train your body to BE the confidence you desire to communicate. You’ll find that you’ll not only enjoy this proud stance, but that others will be drawn to it as well.
Your audition begins the moment you step into the room. The casting director is watching you the whole time. So be sure those steps as you enter the room are part of your act – your act of confidence. It doesn’t really matter if you feel it. Your goal should be to live it.
That first impression you give has the power to determine whether the viewers want to take those three minutes to read the you – or not. They want to see that you are confident, focused, prepared, and ready for the audition. You need to show that you can take control of the room. Make eye contact as the directors greet you. Believe it or not, they are rooting for your success, but in the end, if you walk into the room looking insecure, mumbling, or like you’d love to run away, your viewers will assume you are either very nervous, unprepared or simply inexperienced. With this, they will tune you out and won’t want to bother reading you even before you say your first line. So own that confident mind, behavior and connection… and then throw it into your presence.
Regardless of your experience or the budget of the jobs you’ve worked, always present yourself with professionalism and self-respect. I’m not recommending egotism or arrogance, rather knowing and respecting yourself enough to stand tall and be professional. Don’t underestimate the power of grooming and a tidy appearance. You don’t need to adopt a new identity or wardrobe, but by all means, show up with an aesthetic that says, ‘I care, I am prepared and I expect to be treated as a professional.” You can be as talented as ever, but show up without having showered and your pants in shreds and people may never really see your true colors.
Ultimately, nobody is going to own your talent until you do first. You know what you can do – so do it. Even if you don’t fully believe it, rehearse it in your mind and wear it when you sit, walk and talk until it fully becomes a part of you. Make eye contact and communicate readiness, excitement and professionalism.