11 Mar 3 Tips To Nail Your Next Audition
Sweaty palms. Bright lights. Three shadowy silhouettes stare at you from just below the stage.
A voice of a stranger asks for your name.
You give it. And you tell them what you’re going to be performing for them today.
“Whenever you’re ready.” the voice says.
You close your eyes, take a breath, and….
Wake up. It was a dream.
The dream your child has been having for weeks.
When you’re preparing for an audition, emotions are high. Just the feeling – the knowing – that it’s coming and that you have to be prepared can be a point of stress for actors and performers of all ages.
In this article, our musical theatre director (who also happens to be a working professional actor) Curtis LeMoine, is going to give you the top three things your child can do to totally crush their next audition. And then we’ll talk about ways you can help encourage your child through this process as well.
I’m Curtis Lemoine. I teach here at Expression City in the performing arts academy. I’m also the director of the musical theatre program. I also choreograph in the studio as well as other theatre companies around town. I am a professional actor and I have been for about 6 years — Four of which are right here in Nashville. I’ve worked with Nashville Repertory Theatre, Chaffin’s Barn Theatre, Street Theatre Company, and most recently Studio Tenn. (*in other words, he knows a thing or two about being prepared for an audition)
Today, I’m going to give you three pointers on how to nail an audition.
First and foremost, practice, practice, practice.
No matter what material you have, whether it’s a monologue or a song, you have to make sure you know that piece of material like the back of your hand. The more comfortable you are with the material, the better you’re going to feel in the audition room. That way, if they through anything at you: change an accent, do something different with character, you know exactly what you’re doing you don’t have to think about the words or the lyrics.
Number 2, dress to impress.
Always dress to the best of your ability. Find colors that compliment your hair color and your skin tone and your eyes. Don’t choose any large patterns or outlandish colors. Always go with something that will always make your face shine and be the center focal point.
And number 3, always get good training.
Training in vocal technique. Training in accents. Training in acting. The more training you have, the better prepared you’re going to be for the audition process.
Those are my three tips on how to nail your next audition. And I hope that you join us here at expression city to further your education.
I love those! And like we said, he really knows his stuff.
As Curtis says here, “The more comfortable you are with the material, the better you’re going to feel in the audition room.“ That also applies to a more general feeling of comfort. And in the audition room, it’s not a comfortable experience. In fact it can be uncomfortable.
So in addition to what Curtis has talked about here, we like to encourage parents to talk with their students about performing for others before the big day. Maybe suggest they get a group of friends together and do readings and practice their monologues and audition music. (We say friends because as much as we’d like to give feedback, it’s MUCH easier to hear from a peer than it is from the person who gave them life. Just something to think about.)
This helps in two ways:
1. It gives them an opportunity to practice feeling that uncomfortable feeling.
2. If gives them an opportunity to fail.
Failure is not a bad thing, we just know they’d LIKE to win. And we know YOU’D like to see them win.
The thing about practicing in front of people is that it gives you both – you get the chance to fail, but it front of people who you know and trust and that practice gives them the confidence to win when it counts.
We know it can challenging trying to guide your child through the seemingly endless ups and downs and auditions and callbacks… we get it.
We’ve been there.
Just know, you’re doing a fantastic job. And they’re going to as well. P.
All the best!
The Expression City Team