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How to Prepare for an Acting Audition

Part of the Breaking Into Acting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Being prepared for your acting audition can reduce the stress of the experience. These auditioning tips will minimize distractions and help you put together a knockout performance:

  • Prepare and pack plenty of head shots and resumes. Staple your head shot to the back of your resume, so you don’t lose one or the other.

  • Pack a change of clothes in case your outfit gets dirty or torn, or so you can modify your appearance to match the role.

  • Take a copy of sides (the pages of a script that you’ll be reading from) or the script to practice while you wait your turn to audition.

  • Do a final run-through of your monologues to make sure that you have them memorized and are comfortable performing them.

  • Confirm directions to the audition location. Also, plan to leave your residence in plenty of time to get to the audition location early.

  • Clear your personal calendar for the day of the audition, so you can arrive early and stay late with no worries.

  • Make a list of emergency telephone numbers, such as your agent’s number and the audition location number.

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

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