Prepping for an Audition

There are millions of “up and coming” actors out there today, and the ones that get the best TV and movie parts are the ones who are fully prepared for their auditions.

Getting involved in the entertainment industry can be exciting, but it also requires a lot of hard work and flexibility. It takes a lot of hard work to remember the lines, and a lot of flexibility because many auditions are usually last minute.

If you are preparing for an audition for a TV role, try and get as much information about the TV show as you can. This will help you gain a better understanding of what the show’s main concept is about. This information will also help you know how your character should act. If it is an existing TV show, try to watch a couple of episodes before your audition date. By doing this you will see how the characters on the show interact with other, which is very important.

If you are replacing another actor on the show who is very popular with viewers, watch closely and carefully how this actor played that role. It is not necessary for you to “duplicate” everything they did, but you just want to see what viewers liked about their characteristics and personality. This is what actor Dick Sargent did when he replaced actor Dick York on the Bewitched TV show. Sargent did not try to fully imitate York, but he did try to mimic some of his characteristics. This same scenario happed recently on HGTV’s “Property Virgins” television show.

For many years the “Property Virgins” show was hosted by real estate agent Sandra Rinomato, who had become a viewer favorite. About two years ago HGTV hired a new host to take Rinomato‘s place. The new host was real estate agent Egypt Sherrod. Before taking over the show, Sherrod familiarized herself with Rinomato‘s style and personality. Although Sherrod brought her own style and image to the show, she did incorporate some of Rinomato’s characteristics.

If you are auditioning for a movie, try and see if you can get a copy of the script. In some cases only a written profile of the character will be given to those scheduled to audition. Which is why it is important to get a copy of the script if possible. This will give you a good idea of how your character should be played, and also what other characters are involved.

Since many auditions are last minute, it is a good idea to keep yourself in “audition mode”. You do this by taking auditioning classes and honing your acting skills on a consistent basis.

Doing your research thoroughly and following these tips, will help improve your chances of getting the role and having a successful audition.
 

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