On Monday to mark the New Year we released our audition events on Facebook. We want as many of you to get involved with The Greenhouse as possible, so here are 5 of our top tips on how to prepare for an audition that will hopefully ease any (natural) nerves you might have about the prospect of auditioning.
Know your logistics
This may sound obvious, but make sure you know where your audition is, where you’ll be coming from, and how long it will take you to get to the venue. There is nothing worse than getting lost, frantically running around town trying to find where the audition is taking place, only to arrive there 10 minutes before they’re over, leaving you no other option but to go into the audition room a sweaty mess having had no time to practice your piece.
Even if you think you know where your audition is taking place, DOUBLE CHECK. Make sure you leave enough time to practice and compose yourself before you go into the audition room. By doing this, you’re giving yourself the best possible opportunity to perform well
You know that feeling you get when you watch someone give an amazing performance, or give a talk that’s just so powerful? That feeling that kind of resonates from the pit of your stomach and makes you feel like you can conquer the world? (Well until you look at your next piece of reading or assignment that is!) Turns out that it’s a pretty useful tool to help prepare for an audition.
It makes sense, but it’s something that a lot of us forget about when we are in the midst of our nerves-induced, pre-audition stress. Before you head to your audition spend a couple of minutes watching or listening something that inspires you. It could be anything, from your favourite scene from a film, to an incredibly moving speech, or even just a song that you really like. Taking the time to engage with whatever makes you feel inspired and motivated will really help you get into a positive mindset before your audition.
Actors’ bodies are their instruments, or their tools, or their vehicles, or their … you get the gist of the metaphor here. You wouldn’t start singing without warming up, you wouldn’t start using a cutting a tree down with a tool you’d never used before, and you definitely wouldn’t run a race without stretching first. So do NOT forget to warm up before going into an audition. Do whatever works for you, whether that’s stretching, tongue twisters, projection exercises, dancing, anything that makes you feel prepared. The list is almost endless.
Yes it can look stupid. Yes you can sound like an idiot. Yes there are only so many times you can say ‘Red Lorry, Yellow Lorry’ before you want to punch yourself in the face. This does not, however, mean that you can skip a warm up. A good warm up will put you in the physical and mental space to do your best work.
Hydration is key
Fun fact: The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%, so it’s important that you keep your water levels topped up.
We’ve all had those bad dreams/premonitions that you’ll walk into the audition room and suddenly be taken over by a coughing fit. Not only will this hinder you actually getting through the whole audition, but you definitely won’t perform at your best if your eyes are streaming with the unshed tears that little tickle in your throat brought up. Well, there’s one way that can be easily fixed, by making sure you stay hydrated.
What’s more staying hydrated means you’ll be more alert, have more energy, AND it helps protect you against bad breath – something we can all agree is very important when trying to make a good first impression!
Think of the audition room as a positive environment
So, you’re at the audition venue, you’ve been inspired, you’re warmed up, and you’re hydrated. You’re just about to go into the room, but you can still feel the twinge of nerves and you’re worried this will negatively affect your performance. There is, however, no need for this to be the case for two simple reasons:
- If you don’t allow nerves to override you, they can actually be very useful and provide adrenaline to help you perform at the top of your game.
- And secondly, something that is very, very important to remember, the people inside the room WANT you to do well. They are rooting for you. Why would they want you to waste their time with a boring audition? They don’t. They want a strong cast for their show, and so they want you to impress them. There’s no need to fear the audition room. When you go into it you’re prepared, you and everyone else in the room should be ready to enjoy themselves.
There you go, our advice on how enjoy the whole audition process. Hopefully this has made you excited for our auditions which commence the week beginning the 11th February. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date with all the information we’ll be releasing over the next month!