The audition process can feel like an intimidating one. You might be wondering if you’re prepared or whether you have what it takes to make your mark in the film industry.
These questions are natural, but they don’t have to hold you back from making the most out of your audition. Here are some tips and tricks for getting through the audition process so that you can truly shine:
Don’t memorize your lines too early
Memorize the first line, then the second, then the third. Do not commit more than two or three sentences to memory at a time before you start shooting. This will help prevent you from overthinking your material and becoming too self-conscious about it.
Prepare as much material as possible
Having a lot of material to choose from is often better than having only two or three things memorized. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t prepare material; make sure you’re not overdoing it so much that your audition feels dull or rehearsed (unless your character would naturally be very formal).
Bring a good attitude and calm energy
In addition to the usual advice of being prepared and ready to work, the best actors have a certain attitude that gets them through each audition. It’s important to bring a good attitude and calm energy.
The casting directors are looking for people who can engage with others relaxedly. If you come off as too intense or overly focused on getting the part, it could make you seem unapproachable or challenging to work with.
But don’t be afraid to show emotion
Remember that emotion makes a performance memorable. It adds depth and layers to your character, but you must be careful not to overdo it. You don’t want the director or casting director to think that you’re simply being emotional just for being emotional; they need to know that this is how your character would act in this situation.
For them to understand what kind of range of emotions you can convey, you need to show some restraint and be honest with yourself so that you can make sure all those feelings come through on camera when they’re needed.
Don’t play the role like other actors have played it before you
There are two common mistakes actors make when reading an indie film. The first is playing the role like all of the other actors before they played it. This happens more often than you think, and it’s not a good idea.
The director may have already seen a dozen people play this role, and if you throw in the same performance as everyone else, you won’t stand out from the crowd.
The second mistake is being afraid to try something new because you’re worried about making mistakes or looking bad on camera.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that auditioning for an indie film is a collaborative process. You have the opportunity to bring your unique vision and interpretation of the role to life, whether that means getting your sense of humor or emotional depth, or angry intensity.