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auditions are a trial performance, by an actor, dancer, or musician, to demonstrate suitability or skill. Many auditions are minnesota auditions. We suggest you always show up on time and be prepared to perform at auditions. Most actors memorize several monologues during their audition so they can impress a casting director if they are asked to demonstrate their skills. We receive hundreds of minnesota auditions and casting notices from all over the world.

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GUIDE LINES TO FOLLOW WHEN YOU AUDITION:
1. Always know what you are auditioning for.
2. Arrive thirty minutes prior to the audition time; this will allow ample time to check in and warm up, check out your competition.
3. Bring at least 2 photos and resumes. Photos should reflect current physical likeness (should always be updated!)
4. Do not chew gum ( all directors hate it)
5. When attending callbacks, always wear the same attire worn at audition. Try to do everything you did the first time because it has already worked during the first audition.
6. Be confident, smile, always have a positive attitude
7. Act excited about everything you asked to do

Actors/Improvisation:
Be prepared for improvisation.
Different voices and dialects are a plus.
Prepare a dramatic and comedic monologue no more than 2 minutes in length.
Note if the audition is going to provide sides.

Singers:
Bring 2 selections of sheet music, 1 up-tempo and 1 ballad, in legible condition.
Be prepared to sing the best 16 bars.
Know your vocal range.
Sheet music should have full musical notation and in the key in which you will perform.
If audition requires movement, dress appropriately.

Dancers:
Wear appropriate dance attire.
Bring appropriate dance shoes.
If the audition requires singing, bring at least 2 selections of sheet music, 1 up-tempo and 1 ballad. Be prepared to sing the best 16 bars.

Find a good monologue:
Look for monologues that have some sort of change in the character from beginning to end. This shows range of acting and an understanding of beats.

Choose a monologue that is appropriate for your age range and life experience. Don't choose the monologue of a character you cannot identify with.

Choose a monologue that is appropriate for the show you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for Shakespeare, don't use a contemporary monologue, and vice versa.

Make sure the subject is something that you either know about, or can at least identify with. If you don't know enough about the subject, do some research.

Do not attempt an accent unless it is specifically asked for.

Make sure that you like your monologue. If you don't enjoy performing it, there's no point.

Either avoid choosing a monologue that is too long, or cut it down to size. Most audition monologues should be about one to two minutes in length. If the audition notice specifies that it must be of a certain length, time it very carefully several times and edit it if necessary. You do not want to lose a part because you didn't follow instructions. If you feel that you cannot edit a monologue to fit in the time allowed without taking out something important, choose a different monologue. There is no point in ripping a monologue to bits just to make it fit.

Some 2-person scenes can be converted into a monologue by cutting out the other character's lines and modifying it slightly for content (the other character can be imagined and implied by your actions - it is an interesting effect). Never speak both characters' lines, as if you are having a conversation with yourself. This is not appreciated by audition panels.

If you are auditioning for a stage part, use a monologue from a stage play. Do not use monologues from movies for a theatre audition.

Do not use monologues that were written as stand-alone monologues. I know those "free" monologues on the internet are very tempting, but most of them are very bad. Monologues from plays have much more background to draw from to create a more complete character.

Do not perform a monologue in an audition without reading the play it is from.

Do not perform a monologue written by you or one of your friends. You are auditioning as a performer, not as a playwright.

The best way to demonstrate your acting abilities is by auditioning. Most likely your auditions will be by appointment, but it's a good idea to show up a few minutes early. Also, plan on staying until you've been seen, even though it may be well past your originally scheduled appointment time. Be sure to take along an 8 x 10 headshot as well as a copy of your most recent resume.

There are many things you can do at an audition to help improve your chances of being noticed by casting directors. First and foremost, always keep a professional attitude and be polite to those who are casting.

During the auditioning process, you may be asked to slate for the camera. If so, you should look directly into the camera and state your name and talent agency, if you're represented. If they require any other information, they'll tell you.

At some auditions, you may be asked to improvise something. The improvisation you are asked to do may or may not have anything to do with the project you are auditioning for. The key to any audition is to be prepared.

The best way to prepare for your audition is to know your lines! The key to good acting is being able to react to what is going on in the scene. By knowing your lines, you will be able to pay attention to what others are saying and doing and be able to deliver your lines accordingly. As you are learning your lines, make it a point to analyze and understand the character you are playing. Be sure you clearly understand who the character is, what's going on in the scene and what the character is trying to accomplish in the scene.

Do your research about the scene ahead of time. Get as much information about the character and the storyline in general. If you are auditioning for a television program, be sure and watch at least one episode to understand the show and the characters involved. Knowing the backgrounds of the producer and director may also give you insight as to what kinds of actors they usually hire.

While auditioning, if you lose your concentration, ask to do it again. If they don't want to see it again, politely thank them and wish them the best of luck. Regardless of how your audition ends, don't worry about whether or not you got the part. Continue looking forward to your next opportunity and continue to improve your talent

Auditions are vital to obtaining an acting role or a modeling job. Just remember that it may take dozens--even hundreds--of auditions before you get your first callback. You will have to play the numbers game. The more times you audition, the better your odds of landing a role in a movie or commercial. You can never know which audition will bring you success; therefore, you must appear for every audition. Make sure you go to auditions suitable for your characteristics and talents. Always remain positive and take advantage of every opportunity. The key to your future is auditioning in front of major entertainment networks. The most difficult part is to acquire connections in the entertainment industry.

Auditions are the bread and butter of The Actor's Life. But for many actors they can also be the most fearful part of the job. This article will hopefully put some of those fears to rest.

Getting auditions is always about working hard - and making sure that you're submitting yourself for the right kind of parts. For most auditions, you'll submit a picture of yourself (your headshot) and/or your resume. Most auditions are by appointment, where you have submitted something and then been invited for an appointment with the people who are casting the production. But there are also "open call" types of auditions, where you can just show up. Be prepared to stand in line for these kinds of auditions, because there will be many many people thinking just like you.

Sometimes when you get called in for an audition you'll also receive part of the script that is in production. These are called "sides". But even if you get sides, you should always remember to have a monologue prepared that really showcases your acting ability. If you receive sides, there is nothing more important than preparing for the audition.

You should read the sides. If it is a revival of a play that's available - you should make sure that you read the whole play before going in and auditioning. You should be able to pick up a copy of the play at Samuel French - or order it online (if you have time). But read and prepare for your audition carefully. If it's an important audition, consider working with your acting coach, or even hiring one for this particular audition to help you prepare. They can help you with preparation - and really know the character that you're going to be playing.

The absolute number one rule is to know your lines. Whatever technique you use, and whatever choices you use and whatever acting ability you bring to the table will be for nothing if you don't know your lines. Now, if you receive the sides at the audition, they obviously don't expect you to memorize your lines in the short time that you're waiting for your turn to audition. But know them as much as possible. If you're constantly having to look down at the script - then you're just reading. You're not listening and you're not acting.

One of the biggest challenges with the audition is how to dress. You should dress similar to the type of character that you're going to be playing - but you certainly don't have to go out and rent a costume (if it's a period piece for example). Remember that you want to come across as yourself and natural in this role - you don't want to look like you're trying to hard. But, you also want to make sure that you make it as easy as possible for the casting people to see you in the role. And this brings up an important point.

Remember, the casting people are seeing many many people on the day (or days) of casting. They want you to be good. It is not like American Idol where they are going to ridicule you. They want you to shine - and they want YOU to be the one that they can go "whew, that's the one, I'm glad we found him/her". So, go in with confidence. Stretch out, warm up your body, warm up your vocal chords and relax. When you go in, they may or not be overly friendly.

Remember, as we said before, these folks have seen many people before you - and they're probably tired, and they're probably waiting for a good reading. So, be friendly - but don't be surprised if they just say Hello and ask you to start reading, or start your monologue. When you start - remember auditioning is performing and that's why you're an actor. You love and live to perform. And this is a chance to perform in front of an audience. This is why you're an actor. So, really enjoy it.

Once the audition is finished, thank them all and leave. Don't try to get into a conversation about a critique of your performance - unless the casting director asks you about it. You may have no idea about what they thought of your performance. So, discretion is the better part of valor here.

If you get lucky enough to be called back - you should wear the exact same outfit as you did the first time. Remember, they only sort of remember you - and now's not the time to try and look completely different. You should also make the same creative choices as you did the first time. Remember, they liked it. Don't try to blow them away with some new interpretation. But, this may be the time that they stop you mid-read and ask you to try it a different way. Remember, that this doesn't mean that they don't like you - they may see something special in you, but they have insight into the character that you don't.

You won't get every part - but as you audition more, you definitely will get more and more. And you'll start to master the art of the audition


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