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Come learn audition tips and insider know-how from our first ever guest: Adrien Swenson! Fresh off the National tour of Finding Neverland, Adrien shared with me her beautiful view on understanding your character type, the difference between Equity, Non-Equity and EMC, and how to diagnose and care for vocal trauma. Subscribe and share the love with your friends!
Surprise! I’m starting a Podcast! In an attempt to better get Pepperfox Tips out there and straight from the mouths of those whom I admire, I’ve started a Podcast. This thing is going to be some tips, but mostly interview of Utah natives, working in the performing world outside of Utah. How they got there, advice they have for you, etc. AND interview of leaders in the Utah Film/Theatre community who are doing amazing things to build up and cultivate this community.
My goal is to show you through actual peoples’ examples that your goals and dreams of performing are possible.
Open your eyes to opportunities in a creative lifestyle that you may not have thought of before.
And to create a community of abundance and sharing in the acting world where we help each other out and learn from each other.
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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!