- WHAT IS AN AUDITION? An interview at which a singer, actor, dancer or musician demonstrates
their suitability and skill. It typically involves the perform displaying their
talent through a previously memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing
a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before.
- WHAT IS A MONOLOGUE? A speech presented by a
single character, most often to express their inner thoughts aloud, though
sometimes also to directly address another character or the audience.
WHERE DO I FIND AUDITION MATERIAL? Audition monologues and or poems may be
found online; from plays; poetry collections or anthologies; audition books or created by yourself from novels. Be sure to
check the audition requirements to ensure you do not chose a monologue that is
too long. It is best to time your piece to avoid being cut off by the audition
panel. Please explore monologues that are age appropriate and relate-able to
some degree. To choose a piece, read it out loud and if it peeks your interest
within the first few sentences read on. If it does not grab you right away then move
on to another selection.
- Always arrive early to fill out any
required paperwork and to warm up.
Dress comfortably and make sure your hair is off your face.
- Be prepared! Perform a piece that you know well
and are confident with.
- Consider wearing a costume and or bringing props to enhance your performance.
- Enter the audition space with
confidence, introduce yourself to the audition panel and present your resume and
picture at that time.
- Once you are instructed to begin your
performance take a minute to breath and focus yourself.
If for whatever reason you make a
mistake, do not apologize. Simply request to begin again (most directors are
understanding and want to see you succeed!).
- Make sure you have a clear ending to
your audition. Hold the final moment, bow your head or turn your back to let
the character go.
- Answer any questions the audition
panel might have with brief answers. Do not chit-chat as they have many
actors to see after you.
- If you are performing an excerpt from
a play make sure you have read the play!
- Be sure to know who your are, where you are and who you are talking to!
- Do not ask for feedback. If it is
freely offered from the audition panel then please take it all in with grace
- Thank the audition panel for their
time and exit the space quickly. Do not ask when you will be contacted.