Thursday, April 3, 2014

How To Audition - Ace Your Next Audition

By Tim Waddell

Many, dare I say, most performers are their own worst enemies when it comes to getting the part. They create obstacles from their own self doubt which they put in front of themselves at audition time. It’s a bit like that old saying – if you set yourself up to fail then it doesn’t hurt so much when you do!

Change your attitude to auditions and change your luck at casting time. Really, in a nutshell, it is that simple. However, this article wouldn’t be of much value if I left it at that now would it! (But it’s still true! ) 

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As Gabriel Byrne, the successful movie actor admits, he was having no luck in auditions until, “one day I walked through a door and got two jobs – two movies on the same day – because I had changed my attitude. I no longer was in awe or fear of the audition process.”
In this series of articles, drawn from my new ebook, The Ultimate Audition Guide, you can learn how to de-mystify the audition and how to can take the awe and fear out of the whole process. Next time you audition you will arrive in front of a director or casting director ready, willing and able to deliver a top notch, all round performance that will give you the best shot of getting you the part you deserve.

Now, I can’t offer you an injection of talent or sure fire success but there is so much you can do to improve your own chances by being prepared and I’m going to help you get there.

You would be amazed at how many people have crossed my path as a casting director who are not just “unprepared” for the audition process, but who sadly believe that they deserved the part – despite their clear lack of effort in preparation.

You have probably run into them yourself if you have ever auditioned before. The people who think that however they audition they will get the part based on the way they look, the way they flirt with the director, the fact that they have always played the lead before etc.etc.


If you’re reading this though I’ll assume you are clearly not one of those people, (or maybe you are a reformed past offender), and you are on the right track.

Before we continue, however, I want you to make me a promise. I don’t care what you are auditioning for – and I strongly suggest you audition for as much as possible because at the end of the day winning auditions is a ‘numbers game’ (more of that later).

The promise I want you to make to yourself now is this:
When you go to your next audition you won’t just TRY your best you’ll DO your best. That means putting into practice EVERYTHING you’re about to learn. Making changes where you need to change and practicing where you need to practice.

I can already hear you saying “I’ll try” but let’s be honest here – “I’ll try” won’t cut it.

Let’s do a quick exercise. Put a pencil on the table in front of you.
Done that? 

OK, now TRY and pick it up. 


Did you PICK IT UP or Just TRY to pick it up?

That’s the thing see. You can’t just try. You either do it or you don’t do it.

There’s no room for doubt.

So promise me this: there’s no room for the word TRY in your pursuit of audition success. Either you are going to DO what is required and turn up for your next audition prepared to succeed and DOING things right or you’ll just be wasting yours and your would be director’s time and may as well stop reading now!

From this point on we are will always refer to Auditions not TRY OUTS. Because we are not going to be Tryers – we are going to be Do-ers. Auditionees. Well informed, confident capable and ready to succeed. 

Rule #1 – “You deserve to get the part so believe in yourself – because if you don’t they won’t.” 

Are you with me so far?

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