5 Ways to Boost your Confidence at an Audition
Here you are sitting in the audition room, waiting for your name to be called. You look down at your script and take a deep breath. Suddenly, you hear your name, and it’s time to go. What are 5 things you can do to show that you are confident, that you are right for the role, and that you are prepared? It’s time to boost your confidence at your audition!
1. Spend as much time with the script as possible.
3-2-1- Acting Studios teacher Kristina Hayes (who has worked on Wizards of Waverly Place, Bones, and Reno 911), encourages students to really use the time they have to prepare for their auditions.
In our scene study class, we teach students how to break down a script, find motivation, relationships, beats, and so forth. Our students go to their auditions with believable three-dimensional characters. When it’s time for their call back, these characters are even more developed, blowing casting away. Vadim Agajanov booked his FIRST television audition after completing our scene study and improv classes. Casting said that they gave him one note, and he ran with it and lit up the room.
In your first audition, casting directors are most interested in seeing if you look right for the role, if you are confident, and if you are prepared. Spending time with your script doesn’t just mean memorizing. Your first audition is NOT a test to see if you are good at memorizing. In fact, John Walcutt, 3-2-1- Acting Studios teacher who has booked over 150 guest start appearances, says that the words are only 10% of your audition. When he booked a role in the film Titanic, he actually glanced at the monologue James Cameron handed him, put it down, and spoke the role from his heart. With 5 seconds to prepare, he nailed the audition.
This is not to say that you should butcher the copy or change it entirely. If casting gives you a script and time to prepare, you should know the script. But if you forget a word, it’s not cheating to glance down and pick up that word. It’s actually really smart and helps you stay confident. When it’s time for your call back, casting then expects you to be off the page and know the script.
2. Arrive 10 to 15 minutes early.
Leave enough time for traffic, finding a parking spot, and walking to the casting office. You should walk into the casting office 10 to 15 minutes early so that you don’t feel rushed. Take your time to sign in, get comfortable, and focus. The last thing you want to do is be running through the door, quickly signing in, and rushing into the room stressed and out of breath.
3. Don’t think about the other actors auditioning.
A common habit for actors is self-sabotage. You arrive at the casting office, sign in, and look around the room. Someone catches your eye, and you think, “They are going to book this role.” Or really? Are you the casting director? No, you’re the actor. The casting director will decide who will book the spot. And this same casting director wants YOU to be brilliant. This audition is about you. So focus on yourself, and do a happy dance because casting wants to see YOU.
4. Trust your preparation.
Do not underestimate how far your confidence can take you! Seriously. A mediocre, confident actor is more appealing that a well trained actor who isn’t confident. Luckily, you are both well trained and confident. Trust that you are ready. And then give it all you’ve got!
5. Move on quickly if you don’t book the role.
If you don’t book a role, it doesn’t mean that you did a bad job or you did something wrong. These are a million reasons out of your control that can contribute to why you didn’t book a job, and you don’t want to change any of them! There are many roles on the horizon that fit you perfectly. If you spend any time being down about not getting a role, you won’t be ready for the next role. You need to keep your head up and keep working!
If you DO feel that you did something wrong or didn’t do your best, go home, get out your camera, and shoot that scene until you are happy with it. Then, next time, you will be ready, and you won’t make the same mistake again.