An audition is your chance as an artist to show a Casting Director, Director and possibly Producers, what you will bring to the cast for their project. When you are requested, they already have shown interest in who you are from your resume, headshot and reel.
What TO Do
-Arrive 15 minutes early, but leave an extra 45 minutes driving time for Stupid Texas Traffic, or STT.
- Have your lines memorized! Be off book!
- Always be open to a re-direct if Director gives you another way to do your scene
- Go into the room with positive energy and enthusiasm, but not bouncing off the walls
- Be confident in the choices you make in your audition
- Understand the script and know your character before you begin
- Commit to your creative choice, regardless of what the Off Camera Reader does, then be open to the redirect.
-Ask SPECIFIC questions to help clarify, but don't just ask questions to ask questions
- Look like your headshot
What to Wear
- Wear jewel tones and rich autumn colors (except orange, yellow or gold) avoid blues, the backgrounds are usually blue
- V necks give good frame to your shoulders
- Avoid noisy patterns, logos, very thin stripes, anything fluorescent, shiny, white, black, or red, or nude colors
- Minimal jewelry unless told so in character breakdown
-Character appropriate shoes
-Suggest the character without becoming too costumey
-No props, other than a phone if it's in your scene, turned on Airplane mode, not just silent, or things you would naturally have on you, but don't bring lots of props, it shows your newbi-ness. They prefer you to pantomime out of frame if possible.
For more information, this Backstage article has more detail:
What NOT To Do
-Do not be late, it shows you will be late to set, and indicates your time is more valuable than theirs.
- Do not shake hands with casting director unless they initiate it, (you will know AFTER you hand them your HS & Resume if they then extend their hand to you). Many people are germaphobes!
- Never chew gum or have something in your mouth
- Making excuses for your audition and mistakes you make shows you are not prepared
- Do not bring props, except for personal props, such as a phone, (kept on Airplane mode, when the scene calls for it)
What to Bring
- 2 Heashots with resume stapled to the back, and TRIMMED To FIT THE Headshot!
- Water, so your mouth doesn't get dry
- Great Attitude!