Monday, March 28, 2016

First Audition? Don't Sweat It. These Tips Will Breeze You Through It!

First Audition? Don't Sweat It. These Tips Will Breeze You Through It!Finally hit that big audition? We know how you feel. You’ve been waiting forever to finally have the chance to get the audition and now that you have it, you’re a nervous wreck hoping you don’t mess it all up. We’ve been there. And the worry is totally unnecessary. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we have some tips for you to ease your nerves and prepare you for the best.

Be groomed:
No, don’t show up in  a suit and tie, but be clean and don’t show up with clothing that has any holes or stains on them. Avoid strong fragrances; they give the wrong impression. Shave appropriately and be sure your hair is tamed and presentable. Ladies, don’t overdo it on the make up. Show up like it’s a job interview. (because it is!)

Know how to listen and take direction:
This is a field that depends on people being able to take direction. So listen to what you are being told. Sometimes the casting director, writer or director will give you a bit of direction before or during your audition on a particular line. Listen carefully to what they’re saying and take the time you need to process it. Don't panic, if it’s during an audition, they will usually be happy to give you a few minutes to incorporate the new direction into the lines. So ask for it if you need it. They'll respect your effort more than you ignoring it all together.

Know your lines:
First of all, I want to clarify that you are not the writer.  Many actors feel the lines should be re-written, but that's not your role, and it's offensive to the actual writer. Simply memorize your lines. This might seem obvious, but there are too many actors who learn a few of their lines and then try to wing it (accidentally rewriting them) and fail miserably. Please spend the needed time preparing your lines. Don't just prepare what you’re going to say, but also how you’re going to say it.

Show your real face:
It is incredibly annoying to get a headshot that looks nothing like the actor that showed up. Don't be that actor. Please, make sure your headshot accurately portrays who you are right now. If you’ve gained weight, cut or drastically dyed your hair, or aged, then you've got to make sure your headshot shows this. Your headshot isn't the one getting the job and you won’t either if you look totally different than the face people were expecting to see.

Be on time:
I know this seems like a given, but you'd be surprised to find out how many actors just have no sense of time. Audition time slots are limited, pass quickly and are scheduled at odd times like 2:50 or 10:05. When they call you to be there, be there early.  Being late will definitely leave an impression, but not the one you are hoping for.

Write those down on a sticky note if you have to and hold your head up high.  Come to The New York Acting School for Film and Television and let us know how we can help you further succeed in your career.

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