How to Prepare For Audition
When you receive your audition sides, you are excited about what they can create. There are no boundaries. No restrictions.
Then you start to lock things down. You start to prepare exactly what you will do at any and every moment in the scene.
Many times this is driven by the writer notes. Most likely that a character reacts in a certain way. You interpret that as “I must deliver this moment” “I must react in this way”.
When preparing your audition, if you use the words ‘I must’ – or even think the words ‘I must’ – then your audition is doomed. You have stipulated a certain feeling or response at a specific time in the scene.
And guess what? If you have arrived at that decision, so have a lot of the other actors I am auditioning. And so you will all be the same.
I urge all actors to see things from where I sit. Where the casting directors sits.
If you are to succeed as an actor, you must try to understand what goes on in the minds of casting directors when they are watching you audition.
We are not looking at how GOOD an actor you are.
We want to know how INTERESTING you are.
The audition decision making process is the same the world over.
The person who engages us, who fascinates us, is the person who we remember and see again, and again and again.