If there’s one tip we can offer to aspiring actors hoping to get their careers off the ground, it’s “audition, audition, audition.” Our next tip might be “Don’t get despondent if you’ve auditioned a lot and still didn’t land a role.” After all, casting directors are looking for candidates that match a very specific set of criteria, and not all of them are based on your acting talent.
Nevertheless, there are ways to improve your chances of getting noticed. Use our audition tips on how to audition for acting roles and make the most of your opportunities. Even if you don’t land a specific role, your professionalism will shine through – something that may stand you in good stead later on.
How to Find Acting Audition Opportunities
If you have a good agent, they may discover audition opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. But you can still look for casting calls yourself.
You can get started by searching for them online. Platforms include Backstage, Casting Networks, Actors Access, The Mandy Network, and Open Auditions UK. Social media can be helpful too. Apart from following casting directors’ profiles to get notified when they post casting calls, you can join actors’ groups on platforms like Facebook.
In-person networking can get you noticed too – but never “stalk” influential people. What you want is to become a familiar face that’s often seen at industry events – not the pushy person who is there to deliver a pitch.
Did you get selected to audition? Congratulations! But your work has only just begun. Now, it’s time to prepare yourself.
How to Prepare for an Acting Audition
You can’t act in a role unless you know the character’s personality, motivations, and context within the plot. If you want to present yourself as being “right” for a role, you need to understand it, and the only way to do that is to read the whole script. Consider how the character thinks and how they relate to other characters in the story. Think about how you can portray them realistically and bring your creativity to the table.
Make sure you go to your audition at your best and brightest – get a good night’s sleep, and don’t let a dose of nerves wreck your confidence. Tell yourself you’re going to give it your best shot and remind yourself of the things you think make you a good actor. Remember, just being called in for an audition is quite an achievement.
Didn’t get the role? A good audition is an investment in the future. If you’re remembered for your professionalism and talent, you have a better chance of getting cast next time round.
How to Dress for an Audition
You’d like the casting director to be able to “see” you in the role without having to stretch their imagination too far. But don’t come in reeking of desperation – which is what happens if you decide to go in full costume and stage makeup.
Instead, think of the character. What type of everyday clothes would they wear and how can you match that using your regular clothes? Dress so that you come across as a natural fit for the character – and not necessarily their circumstances in the production.
Self-Tape Audition Tips and Live Online Interviews
It’s great that one doesn’t always have to be physically present for auditions – but although you won’t have to travel, you still have to prepare yourself – and there are a few additional challenges.
If you’re self-taping, that’s an advantage, because you can do several “takes” and decide which one to submit. Live interviews are a little harder since you’ll only get one chance to deliver your best effort. Either way, you need to make sure that your tech is doing you justice.
Good lighting, good sound-quality, and good video quality are all going to matter, so you might want to invest in a few extra goodies to help you. For example, a good camera, a tripod, ring light and microphone will make a difference to the presentation.
In a similar vein, you want to set the “stage.” Choose a plain setting that doesn’t distract from what you’re doing, and ensure that there will be no interruptions while you’re busy.
How to Audition for Voice Acting Roles
Auditioning for voice acting or voiceover work is worthwhile. Even if you don’t want to be a voice actor in the long run, landing roles of any kind adds to your professional portfolio. And, with so many voice acting opportunities out there, it’s a great way to make some money out of your acting skills. In this case, your voice does all the “talking.” That is, you’ll be submitting sound files only.
Practice makes perfect – and you can often submit a couple of variations covering the different ways you think the script can be interpreted. But since many voice acting jobs are done remotely, your equipment and setting are more important than ever. Access to a soundproofed studio with good sound equipment that you know how to use well is almost a must, and many voice actors have their own home studios.
Voice Always Matters: Here’s a Great Opportunity to Earn While You Practise
Looking good? Using movement well? That’s great, but your voice is still the vehicle that delivers the message you’re sending to your audience. Gain confidence and learn to portray brand personalities while you earn – it’s easier than you might have thought. Our hot tip? RSVP is a call centre with a difference because we recognise the value of working with actors. That’s right: we want you – and we respect your acting ambitions.
We’re flexible – nobody is going to look at you askance because you need time out to pursue your acting career – and you’ll be able to try your hand at influencing audiences in real-world scenarios. Delight them, persuade them, soothe them, excite them, or assist them – follow scripts convincingly and improvise on the fly when that’s appropriate. Build your confidence and put your voice to work with RSVP. Visit our careers page to find out more.