Many actors both young and inexperienced, as well as more experienced view auditions with a sense of anxiety. When in fact it should always be viewed as a positive opportunity. While the dancer takes class, to hone their skills, the musician can practice, it is not quite the same for the actor/actress. Therefore, auditioning should be viewed as a time to act and for one to put their skills to practice. Of course that is only possible if one has full confidence in their command of the craft. Craftsmanship allows security and gives one a foundation of confidence; Without being arrogant the actor or actress can walk into an audition knowing they’d like to obtain employment but also for themselves practice what they do.
There are really three kinds of auditions. The first is a cold reading where the actor is being used to see if she or he has an instinctual quality that is temperamentally suited to the role. The people auditioning you basically are not looking for a performance but simply to see if your qualities and sensibilities are right for the part. This second kind is a prepared reading. Usually this takes place after the a cold reading audition. At this point the director and producers as well as the playwright are often considering the person for the role and are looking for a true sense of you grasp of the character and will be viewing your acting skills much more seriously. Consequently, it is absolutely essential that the actor have the skill-set from a complete tool box to present themselves in such a fashion. The third type of audition is prepared auditions where they are simply looking for you to perform. Usually the people auditioning you will ask for two separate pieces and it is very important that they show versatility and skill. This means you’ve either gone through the audition process process that previously took place or you are auditioning for a season in Repertory.
As a measure of understanding this, I urge anyone to inquire about our Patterson Studio workshops scheduled on our monthly calendar and to perhaps take an audition class of their choice to see if it’s possible that new sensibilities will be opened up to them as well as learn new skills.
We encourage you to come to our Tuesday workshops for just $35 and begin your journey to hone your skills and approach auditions from true understanding of the tools you need to be successful.