It has been so nice seeing all of you this audition season. So, a bit about my audition season: I sat in on all three days of the Philadelphia General Auditions; EPA, non-union, and college.
Right around this time, I had auditions and callbacks for the ReVamp Collective show, as well as auditions and callbacks for a Fringe show, Vs. Series in which I am directing a piece. But, enough about me, let's talk about you: the actor…the auditioner.
Side Note: I will say that I am not a huge fan of the traditional audition process. It is stressful for all involved. The directors and casting director are hoping to find the people they need, and the actors are hoping to land a job. I get it actors, I’ve been where you are, I have been on both sides of the table. Auditions are the worst and the best. You have two minutes to show someone your talent, creativity, and who you are as a person. This is a difficult feat that few accomplish really well. Then, there is a barrage of advice that you receive. And guess what, I am going to give you my thoughts, comments, and advice after sitting through auditions and talking to colleagues about auditions.
Okay, so let’s start with the "business of being an actor" section. A level of professionalism and courtesy will take you a long way. Please know WE ALL TALK TO EACH OTHER! Everyone talks and you don’t know who knows who. Even a small lower budget company have artists who know and are friends with artists at larger, bigger budget theatre companies.
1. NEVER 'no show, no call' to an audition, especially a specific show audition
2. Your headshot needs to look like you
3. Format your resume
4. Make sure I can hear you - especially your name
Alright, let’s move onto the artistic side of your audition: songs and monologues.
With all that said my final parting words of advice are; show me who you are, be dynamic, be fierce, and be prepared.
- Carly Bodnar