Career Cues: How to Cure the Pre-Audition Jitters

“Career Cues” can help actors, actresses, singers, dancers, and models who are trying to break into movies, television and theatre. We will be offering informative advice on how to prepare and how to win the roles you are going out for.

We begin with a series of articles on the topic of auditioning.

Let’s say you have a big audition coming up. Here are some things you can when you go in for the tryout. By anticipating the obstacles that prevent other performers from succeeding, you will have a head start on the competition.

So today is the big audition! Your heart is beating quicker than normal. It may be from the sprint you had to do from the parking lot because you were running late, or the five flights of stairs you had to climb to get to the audition venue. But most likely it’s because in a very short period of time (or long period of time if you’re at the end of the list), you’re going to be on display, getting judged by complete strangers as to your look, level of talent and how appropriate you are for the role of a lifetime – or at least a “bit part” in a high-profile project.

Of course, you have been extremely nice and polite to the monitor who checks you in. You know that they do have a certain say in the process, and are capable of influencing the powers that be with one side comment to the casting team about how cranky you were while signing in. It’s a widely-known fact that you can ruin your chances of getting chosen by being rude to the sign-in person… so it pays to be extra-nice!

As you sit and wait for your name to be called, you look around the room. Your peers, your colleagues, your competition surrounds you as they try to mentally, physically, and of course nonchalantly try to psyche themselves up and psyche you out.

Everyone in the room and the hallway and downstairs waiting in front of the building seems to match your type, fit your category. They all look like you, they all have the same credits as you, and you’re sensing that is not going to be easy.

Luckily you have brought your iPad, Kindle, a bok of crossword puzzles, sudoku – anything to keep you occupied and keep your mind off the situation – and the other performers. Headphones also help – you can listen to music and avoid hearing other actors reading their lines or talking on the phone.

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