Auditions are weird. You get dressed up, prepare your song or monologue practicing alone and then….bam…you are expected to bring a near polished performance for people to judge, size you up, and decide your fate. Sounds terrible doesn’t it? Sometimes they go great! Sometimes they go great, but you don’t realize it, and sometimes you just think they go great. So how much control do actually have over these 3 minutes moments? The answer….a lot.
Here’s what you CAN’T control:
- what they think of you
- what they have in their mind for their perfect “Aldonza”, “Evita”, etc.
- what they say about you when you leave the room
- how they cast you or don’t cast you
- how well other actors audition
Here’s what you CAN control:
- your choice of material (is it the right style for the show)
- how well you have rehearsed your material (please don’t memorize the night before!)
- how rested you are
- what you decided to wear that day
- how much research you did on the theatre company, college, or play itself
- how focused you are while you are waiting to enter the room (don’t let those other actors distract or intimidate you!)
So…the next time you find out about an audition, focus on what you CAN control and then when it’s over, pat yourself on the back for showing up and start your preparation for the next one!