“Auditioning is not game of numbers. It’s a matching game. You have to match yourself with the roles that most closely fit you.”
– By David Patrick Green
Be it a fresher or an experienced actor, when it comes to auditioning time; it is surely going to bring nervousness. The fear of getting the role, performance pressure, remembering the lines or dialogues, etc. is surely going to hinder your selection. All these lead to some common mistakes committed by the actors while participating in the auditions.
So, what do you think would be the right way to correct those mistakes? Courage, self-confidence and lots of passion are required to get hold of your audition, but there are certain mistakes that an actor should know about and take care of. Want to know what are the common mistakes the actors commit and the best quickest way to fix them? Let’s begin.
1. Are you late for auditions?
Reaching late for the auditions is surely a sign of lack of dedication on your part. The bad side of the industry is that the directors can make you wait at the time of audition, but wouldn’t wait for you as it is counted among the bad manners.
Solution: Plan your schedule the previous night itself. Look for Google maps and other transportation apps that would help you avoid the traffic to reach the destination. Make sure you leave your home either earlier or on time to reach the place at the proper time.
2. Do you have your dialogues in your hand?
No audition would provide you with required time to prepare your dialogues. You will have very less time to prepare for the audition and get familiar with the character given to you. This might lead to inappropriate performance while playing the character.
Solution: The first thing while auditioning is to get the script or lines in your hands. This gives you extra time for preparation and also allows you to get familiar with the character for proper understanding and delivery. For those who are looking for a class for acting beginners should enroll in a good professional acting school to learn tips and tricks of the dialogue delivery.
3. Use the floor as required
Performing is not only about the dialogue delivery. Acting also includes your movements and facial expressions. Standing on one end of the stage and delivering out all your dialogues is surely not the right move.
Solution: Avoid standing in the center of the stage and completing your lines. Focus on the movements of your hands and legs, facial expressions, etc. to give your best shot.
4. Never think of what they want
A widely observed mistake committed by various actors at the time of audition is trying to assume what the directors are looking for. They generally over think the character given to them. And this over thinking or incorrect assumptions leads to a lack of proper focus on the performance.
Solution: The directors never have an idea of what they want from you. It depends on your performance that they decide about it, and decide a character you would be proper judgmental too.
5. Focus on your character
Many times the actors are found concentrating on the facial expressions of the Director to get some idea of whether they like it or not. Also, rushing towards the camera after completing your lines is not a good way of ending.
Solution: While acting in the audition, all you need to do is focus on the lines you are given and the character you would be playing. So, make sure you never end up from your side until the Director stops.
6. Stop looking fearful
No doubt, the audition is going to get the most frightening part for you, but let this thought be somewhere inside you. The fear of going on the stage should not appear on the face no matter what happens. Such expressions or facial appearances would give a negative sign to the Director.
Solution: The Directors are looking for actors who are confident and competent. So, fade away the fearful expressions and be confident while you are in front of the camera and Director.
7. Boring slate work
This is a process every actor goes through. Holding slates with your name to the camera might bore you. Sometimes, the actors are found losing their confidence levels because of slating.
Solution: Slating is a part of the audition. So, try to get used to it rather than giving up your best performance during the audition.
8. Forget the word sorry
Whether you have not given your best shot or had some trouble regarding your voice or tone, avoid apologizing for what has happened. Again, sometimes while avoiding the word sorry, the candidates might ask the reviews.
Solution: Remember you are an actor and not a professional. So, don’t apologize. Be confident with your acting skills and well prepared too. Simply end up with a thank you.
9. Imagine the environment
Naturally, the audition room is definitely nothing but only a small room. And getting in there would not help you get into the character. This doubles your fear and anxiety levels.
Solution: In such a situation, all you can do is simply imagine the environment and your surrounding to get into the character. This also makes the audition easy to deal with fun. It would also help in improving your performance.
10. Be your own boss
One of the biggest mistakes carried out by the actors is assuming the Directors as their bosses or heavenly figure. This behavior also increases the number of sorry as you are giving the Director the rights to judge you.
Solution: Be respectful to the Director and every other person at the audition. Let your energy, ideas, and views reach the Director through the character given to you. Be your own boss and fix up your performance.
Considering each of these mistakes and solutions, it is quite clear that confidence is something you are sure to require in bulk during your auditions. This would not only help you build a strong impression on the directors but would also open the doors to success for you in the acting field. So, say Goodbye to all the outdated mistakes and roll the sleeve for the best audition of your life today.