5 Tips To Ace Your Auditions

Samantha Jacobs Artist Profiles, Career Advice, Performing Arts

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What causes your heart to pound, your palms to sweat and your whole self to be simultaneously terrified and excited? I’m not talking about a crush; I’m talking about the a-word. Auditions.

Auditions are the gateway to advancing your artistic career, whether that’s through theater, dance, voice, etc. This means that despite them being nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing, auditions can ultimately make or break you.

Luckily, we have some advice on how to ace all of your auditions. Dancer/singer/actress extraordinaire Caribay Franke gave Artzray some sage wisdom on how to prepare for your upcoming auditions.

5 Tips To Ace Your Auditions from Caribay Franke

Caribay Franke

1. Do your research on what, and who you’re auditioning for

Whether you’ve seen the show a million times, or you’ve never even heard of it, do your homework. That means rereading or reading the plot/script. Learn about the historical context, the author’s background, etc. Then find out anything you can about the production, casting director or company you are auditioning for and know their work. Your thoroughness will pay off.

2. Know what the role is about

Don’t play the character – be the character. Whether you have a song, a monologue or a dance solo to portray this, get to know this character ahead of time. Your embodiment will shine through in your audition. Think about what you are wearing. Don’t dress “in character” but do keep it simple, hair out of your face and nothing too trendy or revealing that could distract from your audition.

3. Know the show

This doesn’t just mean knowing the title and author. This means knowing the context, both historical and contemporary references, knowing the performance history, knowing all characters (not just the one you’re auditioning for), etc. Show that you are dedicated to this show and that you know it, but are also ready to make it your own.

4. Pick a monologue/solo according to both your role and your strengths

Pick a piece that showcases you. Your favorite song or solo may not be the one that highlights your best features. If you don’t know, ask a coach, mentor or friend what they think your strongest performance quality is. Then, narrow down your selections to ones that show your strengths, but also show your embodiment of whichever role you’re auditioning for.

5. Then do the work

Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice in front of a mirror, in front of friends, heck, in front of strangers. Read the script. Read it again, and then one more time for good luck. Test out different parts and songs and solos. Take your time getting to know the role. Yes, this may seem like a lot of work, but by the time your audition date rolls around, you will feel so confident and prepared that there’s no way you won’t rock your audition.

What causes your heart to pound, your palms to sweat and your whole self to be simultaneously terrified and excited? I’m not talking about a crush; I’m talking about the a-word. Auditions.

Auditions are the gateway to advancing your artistic career, whether that’s through theater, dance, voice, etc. This means that despite them being nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing, auditions can ultimately make or break you.

Luckily, we have some advice on how to ace all of your auditions. Dancer/singer/actress extraordinaire Caribay Franke gave Artzray some sage wisdom on how to prepare for your upcoming auditions.

Samantha Jacobs
Samantha Jacobs is a senior studying Public Relations and English at the University of Southern California. Samantha has writing experience with Neon Tommy, the Daily Trojan and College Social Magazine. Additionally Samantha has worked for the Pollack PR Marketing Group, the Annenberg Innovation Lab and is currently interning for Teach For America. During her rare free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring Los Angeles with friends, showing people pictures of her dog and reading or watching anything that has to do with Tina Fey or Amy Poehler.