You’ve memorized your lines. Great. That is a very important step, but it is only one small step of a larger process. Don’t put yourself at the risk of a rejection by skipping the rest. Below is a guide to help you cover the bases of audition preparation and give your character the tools to live truthfully within any circumstance. In other words, this is a guide to help you do your audition waiting room work or homework before your shoot days
For auditions, normally you have to prepare quickly as there is hardly any time given. Therefore, you must develop your power of imagination to create a character and memorization exceedingly well
1. Know For "What" You Are Auditioning?
- Is it for a Feature film, Short film, TV serial, Documentary, Art film, Commercial ad?
- Who is the director and a writer (if it is possible to find out)? Try to know something more about that director and writer-nature, attitudes, likes. and dislikes on types of actors they have preferred in their earlier work etc. (Visit their office may be a day before and do some spying)
- What is the "type" of the character you are auditioning for? This means a bit more details on the audition requirement for a character like age, background, attitudes, physical, mental and social traits etc. If none of these references are available, make logical choices based on the script.
- What is the atmosphere , particularly, of the scene you are auditioning for? What is the scene'sTempo? Rhythm? Is it Drama? Comedy? Light? Dark? Know what world you are entering before you start!
2. Know Your Role
Even if it is a one-liner, where do you, as your character, fit into the scene? What's the objective of the character and how does it is achieved? What 's a physical, mental and the social profile of this character exhibited? As the character speaks or moves, what are the shifts in emotions, voice, rhythm etc? Make smart choices for creating a character based on this information you have imagined. A casting director / director will never reveal this in detail.
3. Know Your Associations With Co-Actors
What is your relationship to the other character(s) in this scene? Be specific and in-depth with your answers. Saying, “He is my boss” is not enough. Saying, “He is my boss and the sight of him makes my blood boil. Nothing I do is ever good enough for him and I’m F-ing sick of it!” is much more helpful. Not just, “He is my husband” but, “He is my husband and even though we are supposed to be professional right now I can still smell his hair and feel his warmth from when we were in bed together 20 minutes ago.” Or “He is my husband, but I think he’s lying to me about something so every time he looks at me in earnest, I feel betrayed.” The point is, build a relationship rather than simply speaking it. Even if you can't add more lines to your pre-written ones, you can show your expressed feelings if you imagine and speak to yourself without uttering any additional words
4. Test Your Options
Rehearse! Once you are solid in a scene's given circumstances, familiar with the script and memorized your lines, REHEARSE.
Keep working until everything you do/say/feel is convincible to you for this character in this situation.
Learn to trust your preparation and live truthfully in the moment within the dramatic circumstances you have created. Trust yourself. Trust the work you’ve done. Trust your talent. Only when you put in the effort this preparation deserves can you be truly confident in what you have to offer… And if you are confident in what you have to offer… Others will be too!
Then, in the room, LET GO and knock 'em dead!