4 Ways to Take Control of Auditions
So, you want to take control of auditions? Good for you! The great news is that there are plenty of things you can do, right now, in the comfort of your own home. There really is no limit to how much you can work your audition muscles. There are also specific training resources that will increase your chances of success! Here are 4 ways to take control of auditions:
Set up a self-taping station.
Increasingly, casting directors are asking actors to send in self-taped auditions. Set yourself up to win by creating a well-lit self-taping station in your own home. Find a clean wall (preferably a colored wall — if it is not colored, you could hang, for example, a blue sheet). Make sure that you have plenty of natural light.
I recommend investing in an inexpensive tripod and phone clip attachment, so that you can use your smartphone to tape yourself!
Start taping yourself. Experiment with the lighting in the room. Blinds open? Blinds partially open? Lamp pointing directly at you, or lamp bouncing light off of the wall? Adjust your environment until you are happy with how you look on camera. If you feel you don’t have enough lighting, you may want to invest in one or two soft block lights.
Become a self-taping master.
Why wait for the casting call when you can start doing drills on your own? If you hear a commercial you like, find it online, and write down the copy. Tape yourself saying the copy. Try it many different ways. Experiment! Play! Have fun while you discover different ways of delivering copy.
If you want to work on a two person scene, find a friend who also wants to improve on audition stills. There are plenty of actors out there who want to take control of auditions. Ask around until you find someone who is committed. You can meet once a week (or more) and have your own audition prep session together!
Take an on-camera auditioning class.
Of course, the best way to learn is from a professional acting teacher! Find an on camera class that has a playback component — you want to make sure that you are able to watch footage of yourself and your classmates, in class. You also want to make sure that you are learning in a positive training environment! We offer great on-camera classes here at 3-2-1- Acting School In Los Angeles for children, teens and young adults.
Take an improv class.
Improv is a GREAT tool for your auditions, and Casting directors love seeing improv on actor resumes. If you’ve never taken an improv class, this could be a great next step for you. Here in Los Angeles, we have many fantastic improv schools such as Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City. There are many others. Do your research, and find the class that speaks to you!
My motto is ALWAYS that you should be having fun. Acting is about play. Enjoy this process of becoming a fantastic auditioner. Be open to learning and growing! Feel free to reach out to us here at 3-2-1- Acting School in Los Angeles if you have any questions. We would love to hear from you!