For those of you that are into Theater and Acting but are having trouble landing a part in anything, be it Theater, Movies, or anything related, it isn't because you aren't talented. Some of you may be and some of you may not be great actors/actresses, but everyone has their own style that'll get them somewhere in the business. It all depends on where you are auditioning, who's holding the auditions, and what you are doing to spark their interest. Here are some helpful tips that'll give you a shot at least a small role either as an extra, background character or, if you are lucky, a bigger role.
The first thing that you need to do, even if it isn't required, is get a headshot. A headshot is a photograph of you usually taken by a professional photographer that shows your face, hair, and shoulders. A director, producer, or anyone else holding the audition isn't going to remember your face amongst all the others audtioning for the role you want. Sometimes, it may be best to have two headshots (one black & white and one color) and attaching it to your resume or audition application. Write your name, the role you are auditioning for and the date on the back of both just in case they become detached. And when doing multiple auditions, make sure to have updated and multiple headshots. Being prepared is key to landing a role.
Be yourself. Producers want to get to know who you are and then the roles you can play. If you are lively and upbeat, choose a role that is calmer and more serious, just to prove that you can be a different person when the producer wants you to be. Put on different faces and show that you have talent.
It's also key to stand out. Dress professionally when auditioning, but don't over do it. You need to be comfortable and free moving in your clothing. Wear dark pants and a bright colored shirt. Do what you want with your hair at the time. If you land a part and need to change your style, do it. It show's you'll make a couple physical sacrifices for the performance.
Most Theaters will either give you a monolouge to memorize for your audition or they will tell you to prepare one yourself. Musicals will also tell you to prepare a peice of music to sing as well. It is key that you practice, practice, practice! Even if you annoy the family with your constant rehersals, keep doing it as, like I said, preparation is key. Practice in front of a mirror, parent, sibling, teacher or even your pet. If you think you have got it down, keep practicing anyway. The day before the audition, get a small audience together (family and friends), and perform your peices for them. Also, accept criticism, no matter how bad or good you are. Advice is great, work with it.
When performing your peices, make sure that you can sing the song. Don't try to "over-WOW" the producer by singing something that's out of your range vocally. Show him/her what you can do, not what you are trying to do. They want to hear your talent, not how much you try to get in. Sing loud, with expression, and don't apologize if you make mistakes, It show's that you are antsy and nervous when performing. Just do your best. If your best isn't good enough for them this time, try again next time or try someplace else. You have all the time you need.
When doing monolouges and singing, show them variety. If you are auditioning for a serious part, give them a serious monolouge and comedic song to show you can do both. Variety is a rare thing in theater now at days. This will get them thinking "hey, I liked it. Now I want to see them do something different", and you may get a callback or even the role! If you get the callback, they will give you the matterial they want you to read/sing or you'll have to prepare again. If you need to prepare, switch it out. Instead of a serious monolouge/comedic song, do a comedic monolouge/serious song.
If you get a part, but not neccesarilly the one you wanted, take it. It shows that you are a player and you'll anything for theater. If it's a smaller role, you at least gain the experience that most producers are looking for. Take and use that experience for the next audition.
This article will not guarentee you a part in any performance, but it will help you to at least be heading toward the stage somewhat.