Auditioning as A Professional – Investing in Yourself
If you’re going to audition, go in as a professional, not an amateur. When you walk into the casting director’s office, know that you’ve been given an opportunity not only to read for a part, but to also show your skills as an actor. You’ll either leave a great impression, which could get you called back for the part, or leave a bad impression and not get the opportunity again.
You always want to lead with your best foot forward, and have them wanting more. Or as Steve Martin said, “Be so good, they can’t ignore you.” To do that you must deliver work that is exceptional.
To be in this business, means you’re collaborating with other professionals all the time. So when it comes to auditioning, working with an acting coach is another form of collaboration, which could put you over the finish line and win the part. Everything you invest in yourself will come back to you in proportion to what you’ve invested in terms of time, money, energy and creativity. You put a little in, you’ll get a little out. Someone is going to get the part. And the person who goes beyond expectations is usually the one who’s the most prepared and the most professional and has something special to offer.
When you work with a private coach, you go in with your own preparation done, and then the two of you join together to take your work to another level with great choices, strong emotional life, and the confidence needed give a great performance. As casting director, Bernard Telsey said when asked what made a great audition, “coming in with performance level work with choices you wouldn’t have thought of, but the material is demanding.” That’s where your coach is your best friend, helping to draw out your talent, imagination, and uniqueness in playing the part.
It’s not easy going it alone. There’s so much to cover and you not only want to get the part, you want to leave the best impression you possibly can. Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Do it wisely and you’ll win.
By Lynette McNeill
Acting Coach & Director
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