As with anything in life, luck favors the prepared. That definitely goes for acting. Are you prepared to have a room full of eyes watching your every move? Are you prepared to perform under pressure? In the film industry, there are a lot of things to consider and many unknowns to address. The New York Acting School for Film and Television is here to walk you through the unknown.
We can’t calm your nerves for you - but we can give you some pointers on keeping it smooth and rocking your audition confidently.
Usually, you'll audition before more than one person. They’ll likely be the director, the producer, casting director, possibly the writer and some others involved with the production. If they introduce themselves, they'll probably say ask you what you are going to perform for them. If they don't do that, simply take the lead. Introduce yourself and your audition piece by stating your name, the name of the play, character and writer.
If you are able to get a hold of the script or the background of the material, please make sure you read what you can before your audition. Depending on where you are auditioning, be aware of your body, your surroundings and the people watching you. Make sure your facial expressions and body language are visible to everyone so they have a chance to see your potential.
For the interview process, it can feel pretty unnatural to just be standing there on a stage while someone seated behind a desk asks you questions. But try to relax. Think of yourself as a (humble) expert in your field. Getting in front of a crowd or camera is not so different so try to get comfortable with this idea beforehand. The best way to prepare for this is to practice with a friend a mock interview. Just have them sit while you stand and make up questions about your resume or performance. Be aware of fiddling with your clothes, or body swaying. These are clear signs of insecurity. Work on relaxing your body (especially your hands) and keeping still.
I hope these tips help. Remember to stay flexible if the director wants to see you perform your piece in a different way. Once the audition is over, It’s time to let it go. It’s over and if you get a callback, great!. If not, there always more opportunities. Just learn from the ones you have and be ready for new ones.