Here is my small stuff on an audition for Bollywood and TV serials. Perhaps you may never have thought about. But it may make a huge difference.
Over the years as an actor, I’ve made mistakes. But every time, I learned something new. So, try to learn from my mistakes and not yours. You can’t afford that in today’s cut throat competition
1. When You Arrive
Bring something to do. Do a crossword or read a book. Anything that occupies your full attention.
Why, you ask? Because you’re usually stuck in a room with other actors who are there to audition, just like you. One of them is going to start a conversation. Either because they’re nervous, or they want to make you nervous!
Though I always encourage networking with other actors because it’s a great way to find work. But at an audition, be in yourself and stay focused.
Also, reading a book will prevent you from pacing the hallways and reciting your lines. Don’t do that either. It will only serve to make you nervous.
Now if you don’t know your lines by now…
2. How to Memorize Lines When You Have Only10 minutes
- Read all your lines together 3 times.
- Find out the objective. What lines are trying to say?
- What is the objective of your character?
- How the this character is trying to achieve his / her objective
- What is the character’s profile-physical, mental and social?
- Start imaging yourself as this character
- Read line 1 four times
- Speak line 1 without looking at the line
- Do the same for line 2
- Add line 1 and 2 speak in the same fashion as above
- Do the same for all your lines
- Breathe deeply and relax
- Now be the character and speak again
- You are done.
- Smile, you are going to have fun!
3. Create Stunning First Impressions
When you walk in the room, be confident. As per medical science, the human brain makes over 27 judgments about another person within seconds of meeting them. These judgements are based on your posture, body language, voice tone, breathing rate, eye contact, etc. So, take care of your acting instrument when you walk in.
(Take training on how to keep your acting instrument in top gear!)
Make a bad first impression, and everything you do thereafter goes down the drain.
Don’t try a forced smile. You’ll smile and they’ll think you’re afraid and nervous.
If you make a good first impression, you’ll smile and they’ll think you’re relaxed and confident.
4. The People Behind the Desk
The Judges (Auditors). The folks behind the desk, in the dark, eating their sandwiches, drinking their coffee, smoking their cigarettes, and taking their notes. All the while, you think, ignoring you.
No, don’t think that way! You are not their mercy for two minutes. Now you walk in and think the exact opposite. They’re at my mercy for two minutes. I can make ’em laugh, cry, or at least yawn. Whatever the case, I’ll be having fun.
A little known audition tip: Think of them as potential business partners. Equals. You’re selling, and they’re buying. Treat them with respect and courtesy, and they’ll do the same.
5. The Audition Room and the Space
Typically it’s in a theatre or a studio space or just any room.
Wherever it is, there’s usually an “X” on the floor, done with tape or chalk. Find it and go stand there. That’s called a mark. (X marks the spot.)
But don’t stay rooted to that X. Remember, the space is yours for two whole minutes. So feel free to move around. But keep a track of the camera and its limitations of the width and its movements.
6. The Slate
After you hit your X, tell them who you are. This is called slating. There’s the good slate, and the bad slate.
The Bad Slate: “Hello, my name is so-and-so, and I’m from so and so place, born on…, studied at so and so, and you go on. Boring! Imagine how many times a day the auditors must hear that. It’ll go in one ear and right out the other.
The Good Slate: “Good evening, I’m so-and-so, my contact no is so and so”.
(If asked) “I’m going to give a dramatic monologue or a comedic monologue”. Now they’re listening! (Just remember to keep it simple.)
Give your profile: 1. Stand on your x mark. 2. Turn your full body to your left. 3. Then turn your body to right.
7. Where to Look?
In my opinion, either below, slightly left or right the camera lens or the best is to ask them.
The Time Limit
If you prepared a monologue (usually) get two minutes starting from your first line. And two minutes is plenty. (In fact, the auditors will have made their decision in about 30 seconds.)
So as to be respectful of everyone’s time, cut down your monologue. Rehearse with a stopwatch to measure how long it is. Then when you get to the audition, you won’t be rushed.
And if they stop you (cut you off), don’t take it personally. It doesn’t mean you’re bad, it means they’re running late.
Source: Best Actor Academy