Being a caucausian, blonde, female in Utah I definitely have had to learn how to stand out in an audition. In addition to you doing all your work with your vocal/acting/dancing coaches to make sure your skills are in tip-top shape, here are some tricks everyone can add to their audition that are sure to grab the auditioners’ attention.
Come memorized or as familiar with the material as possible. (While still making your performance like the character was discovering and singing the material for the first time ;) If you can get a paper out of your hand and just do your thing, you will be able to adapt and listen so much better. What a leg up to everyone just reading out of their hands!
Dress like you care. The auditioners will appreciate the effort.
Connect in a friendly and GENUINE way when you slate your name. (What’s a “slate” you ask? It’s your intro to the auditioners! ex. “Hi, my name is Bre Welch and I will be singing, “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid”)
Be a beacon of positive energy to everyone around you. Have you ever been in an audition with a negative Nancy? Someone so concerned with all the competition around them? This behavior does not serve you, or change the circumstances. But it may get into your head and actually hinder your performance. Why would you shoot yourself in the foot? If you have a gut reaction to someone who walks in the door that intimidates you, make an effort to say hello, wave, give them a hug, make them a new friend. Send them the most genuine positive energy you can. Fellow actors are not “competition”. The sooner we can get that out of our heads and understand how irresistibly unique we all are, the more we will all succeed.
Pretend that the entire table of people are your best friends. And BELIEVE it! It is magic. It takes away your jitters and puts the auditioners at ease. Win-win.
Connect with your body before the audition. Take a second to breathe, ground yourself, put your shoulders back, hold your chin up and smile. Your body language is the biggest indication you can give to an audience about what is happening inside. As an actor, you need to become a master of not only vocal delivery, but physical delivery. Make sure that you are exuding confidence and self-love. You will give the auditioners permission to trust you and love you too.
Get out there and rock your next audition! Need some help figuring out your character type? I’ve got an eBook for that! Check it out below!