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Standing out in an audition with sometimes thousands of applicants can be the hardest thing to do. After reading this article, it may make it just a little bit easier for you to stand out in the audition room.
Always go in to the audition room with confidence and stand with your shoulders back and ready to go. Too much confidence can come across as arrogant and most casting directors do not like that as you may not be easy to work with, but if you have no confidence at all, the director may not even notice you. Just try to have the right amount of confidence that will tell the director you are ready to work hard.
Always be over prepared. There will always be someone who is more prepared than you, so the more you do the more you will stand out.
It is advised to have a back up. Whether it be a song or monologue have another ready just in case the panel say we don't like that or it is not right for you.
Always dress in the right clothing not just for your comfort but its like going in to a huge business meeting in just some scruffy jeans and a t-shirt it is just rude! First impressions count and that is the first thing a casting director will see. We have all heard of the 'wearing something bright to stand out' trick. Believe it or not, this does still work so don't be afraid to wear something that will make you stand out. Maybe a particular headband, t-shirt or even or anything that the director(s) can remember you by.
Always take a CV, head shot and contact information with you. Even if it just stays in your bag, you have it incase the casting director wants it. Also another great tip is to take it to the director after the audition if you find time and just say thank you for your time today and if you see anything else that may be right for me give me a ring! Don't be afraid to try and get your name around!
Don't make up excuse after excuse if a casting director says I don't think you voice is very good for example don't turn round and say well I have a bad sore thought!
Just a note: For many of the west end musicals they use the same casting director, so its a good idea to stay on the right side of all casting directors, even if you don't get through an audition.
Every one makes mistakes just be really confident and ride through the mistake 9 times out of ten the panel wont notice if you just stay calm and carry on.
Hopefully those hints and tips will help you out in your next audition! Head over to our audition page to find the right casting for you!
Lastly good luck!!!
Written and donated by Luke Farnworth