Do you have any tips for someone's first audition?

United States
February 18, 2009 10:24pm CST
So...I haven't acted a day in my life. I've never really had an interest in showbusiness...but there's this local thing, a movie that's gonna be filmed just a city away and they have this "walk in off the street and we'll think about hiring you for one of the roles" type thing. It's a sequel movie, a horror movie. And after kicking it around for a week, I've decided I'll try out and see what happens. BUT, like I said, I've never acted a day in my life. I never really had an interest. I'm not sure what to expect when I go to the auditions. It's a low-budget local film, and it's their M.O. to hire locals to act in their movies. They've HAD a couple actors from Hollywood in their movies efore, but they prefer locals for the areas they film at for the main roles. I don't now what the turn out for the last auditions were, or if they had any. All I found was ONE article on the net about the movie this was a sequel to. It won a local award at a horror film festival...but I really don't have much other information other than the bare premise of the movie. If I do get a role, it could be -anything-...and again, I've no idea what to expect. I know what an audition is. You go in, they give you some papers and you read them...you try to put your own take on the character the lines are for, and if you strike them...then you get the job. I'm gonna try practicing some lines just out of random books off my bookshelf, and I can bluff my butt off in regular life...but I'm not sure if it'll really be enough. I KNOW that the best thing to do is just relax, not worry, and see what happens. But I'm just really overwhelmed by how much I don't know about acting, and this whole process in general. Mostly, the reason why I decided going...isn't 'cause I'm like, "OOH chance at stardom" (because that's never been something I've wanted), but because it's a job. I'm a teenager, my age might automatically disqualify me...maybe there won't be any roles for people my age? I have no idea. But because I'm young, there aren't many other jobs around out here in rural Ohio...and I NEED a job. This is a job...and maybe if I do get taken on for one of the roles, maybe it'll be fun? I've really got no expectations. I'm trying to ignore the possibility that I'll fail utterly, and am trying to think of the "worst case scenario" as me going in and them just never calling me. Tips? Any ideas for me to keep my cool head? On methods for acting? For one's first audition? Does anyone know what I might expect? The audition's in four days I know, I'm cutting it close, and I'm sortof aiming high...considering I'm a person who's never acted, yeah. I told my Mom (who was the one who found out about this and suggested it to me) that my craziest ideas, the spur-of-the-moment...what-the-heck type ideas and decisions, tend to turn out the best...but then she reminded me of the few times they haven't, and I'm not really stressed out RIGHT NOW, I'm just worried that I'll be stressed out on the big day itself. I'm not confident I will or won't be, really.
1 response
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
19 Feb 09
Relax, let yourself show through in the character you try out for, and remember, they can't take your birthday. Go out there, have fun with it and do it for the fun of it. Do not look directly at the judges, or what-ever they are called, look through them. It will appear that you are looking at them, but in fact, you can look beyond them and make yourself feel like you are all alone on that stage. If you are at all like I am, you can act, sing, dance, and everything else when no one is looking, but as soon as you know they are looking, you freeze a bit. Looking past them helps you stay in your own little world. Good luck to you!! This sounds like a great opportunity!
• United States
19 Feb 09
Thanks! That's a good tip. You're right, I do tend to get a little nervous when I notice people watching me...a table of strangers watching me's one of the things I've been wondering if it'd mess me up much. Past them, know they're there, but don't dwell on them, right. Thanks!