If you don’t audition well, you won’t get the job. No matter how great an
actor you are. Consider some of the following tips for auditioning-:
1.Instead of looking down when reading, grabbing a few words and looking up
all the time to say them, you look up only to communicate an important
thought. This method enables you to read with stronger intention and emphasize
certain passages. You’re able to focus more upon your relationship with your
scene partner as a result. And the scene has a more natural flow.
2.Break down the scene into beats, or thought units. Beats are changes in
thought and/or topic throughout each scene. Beats can vary from very long . .
. a couple of pages . . . to a single line or brief exchange . . . a baby
beat. Finding the beats in a scene reveals the rising and falling action . . .
also called the arc . . . of a scene and is the framework upon which to hang
your intentions and adjustments
3.You need to create the circumstances that lead up to the scene. Have you
just come from a painful, stressful, or peaceful place? What have just you
been saying or what has someone just said to you? Why are you even saying
these words? You need to define and then enter this reality before you utter a
word of the audition scene.
4.Think where am I? Create the place and enter it. Use a place you know or one
from your imagination, but make the place real for yourself. Who is in the
scene and what is my relationship to them? Even if you're doing a monologue,
you're in a scene with other people. Are they family, lovers, friends or
5.Ask yourself how am I feeling? Defining exactly how you feel the
moment-before about the place, the people and the circumstances can instantly
thrust you into the reality of the scene. Then explore how your thoughts and
feelings change throughout the scene. Choosing an activity not only helps your
acting reality but also creates place.
6.If you're auditioning, you don't have a lot of time to choose intentions and
adjustments. So materialize the strongest ones you can conjure up. The first
idea that bursts into your head about how to play the scene is usually the
best one. So go for it!
7.Intentions are, quite simply, what your character wants in the scene. I like
to define intention with a "To" followed by an active verb. For
example, in almost every scene of Kill Bill, Vol. I, the main character’s
intention is “to kill”. But sometimes . “to survive”. Intentions in
this movie are strong and not very subtle. In most scenes, however, intentions
have much more complexity. They can be revealed . . . obvious to the audience
by the character's actions and words . . . or concealed . . . hidden in some
way. Acting your intention strongly and cold-reading well are the two things
you must do to nail that part! You might also want to consider the layers of
feeling the character is experiencing in the scene.
8.Practice makes perfect, you have to be able to walk into that audition
confident in your skills and give a standout performance. In order to stand
out, you have to fine-tune your acting apparatus . . . your body, your voice
and your acting expression. Musicians and dancers practice four to eight hours
a day. You should, too. If you really want to be an actor practice your cold
reading daily. Grab any script and see how fast you can box it up and choose
intentions and adjustments. Practice reading and looking up for emphasis, you
owe it to yourself.
Reporting by Todd I.
Talent Relations Consultant
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