Audition Tips

Auditioning can be stressful, but it's the best way to find work in theater, film and commercials. Here are some helpful hints when heading out for your audition.

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early. You don't want to have to rush into your audition. Give yourself time to find the space and warm up.
  • Pack your bag with a book in case there is waiting and a bottle of water. Not every place has a water fountain.
  • Be nice to everybody. You never know if the person you are speaking to is important.
  • Wear neat, comfortable clothing. I know you want to look nice, but make sure you can move around the room. And don't wear a costume. Your outfit can suggest the character such as a high-collar blouse for a period piece, but don't get all dressed up.
  • Careful when using perfume or cologne. You don't want to send anyone out of the room in a sneezing fit.
  • If no information for the audition is given, keep your monologue to two minutes. Have several pieces prepared and one longer piece in case they ask to see more. 
  • Bring clean and clearly marked sheet music. Be sure the music you give the piano player is free of stray marks and coffee stains.
  • Make sure your resume is firmly attached to your headshot.
  • Make sure your headshot/resume is no large than 8 1/2" by 11".
  • Set up the audition space for your needs. If there is a chair center stage, but you are going to stand for your audition, ask if you can move it out of the way. Don't try to work around it.
  • Remember to smile. If you are nervous, take a deep breath and try to relax. Be confident and feel free to ask questions.