No matter how many times you've rehearsed the script, sometimes the nerves get the better of you. As a keen actor, you are sure to have had plenty of auditions, some of which probably went better than others. This is why we have put together a quick guide to staying calm during an audition.
When you have an audition it is very important that you do not let your nerves show. The key is to stay calm and focused - pay close attention to everything the casting agent is saying and do not to drift off into thoughts about what you're going to have for dinner that night or when you're free to play Foxy next with your friends. But remember, being nervous isn't a bad thing - it actually shows that you care about your performance and are worried you won't do a good job. If you don't have nerves, this could reflect that you're not fussed about the performance you give.
Below are a few tips to help you relax in your audition.
1 - Prepare
If you are given a script or a monologue in advance, make sure you know it inside-out. Knowing the material off by heart can give you a boost of confidence which helps to ease some of your nerves. Plus you won't be constantly looking down at the script.
2 - Perform a mock audition with a friend or family member.
A mock audition helps you to get into the rhythm and routine of a real audition. Sit outside the front room and have your friend call you in. Enter the room, state your name and the piece that you're reading.
3 - Breathe
On the day of your audition, try taking a few deep breaths and shake your body out.
4 - When you enter the room for your audition, make sure you smile and come across as confident. Before you begin reading, take time to compose yourself, then go for it.