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In the Spotlight: Audition with Confidence

By Joe Ferriero
Artistic Director,
West Hudson Arts and Theater Company

So you say you want to audition for a show? ages, occupations and walks www. org, here in The emotion. Perhaps you recently had dinner with someone. It went well, but as you are leaving you realize you had some food stuck in your teeth that you know must have been noticed. Embarrassed! Using a real life experience to recall an emotion makes it easier for you to channel that emotion and, therefore, easier to feel and act out those emotions on stage. Be sure to imagine the incident fully. Thinking of it isn’t the same as really imagining it. Use your senses to actually see, hear, smell, and feel everything you can about the event. Above all, at an audition or if you already have the part, confidence is the key! An actor needs to leisurely walk into the audition room or rehearsal without any worry, make strong choices and “know” that you will do well. Directors will sense that confidence. Know your show, sense your character’s motivation and audition with confidence! See You Down in Front! By Joe Ferriero Artistic Director, West Hudson Arts and Theater Company Audition with Confi dence! Fantastic! People of all of life audition for community theater productions each year so why not you? W.H.A.T. posts audition notices in lots of places: on line, on its website at whatco.org Observer. If you happen to get the urge to audition, here are some tips to get you ready.

It sounds obvious, but be sure to read the play!

Then try and decide in one single sentence what it is the goal of the character for whom you are auditioning; what is it that they want … It may sound cliché’, but what is their motivation? Use this knowledge to explain every action the character takes.

It’s also important to identify a main emotion your character feels at the start of a scene you might be asked to read for an audition. Let’s say, for example, it’s “embarrassment.” Next, try to think of a time in your life when you felt that emotion. Perhaps you recently had dinner with someone. It went well, but as you are leaving you realize you had some food stuck in your teeth that you know must have been noticed.

Embarrassed! Using a real life experience to recall an emotion makes it easier for you to channel that emotion and, therefore, easier to feel and act out those emotions on stage. Be sure to imagine the incident fully. Thinking of it isn’t the same as really imagining it. Use your senses to actually see, hear, smell, and feel everything you can about the event.

Above all, at an audition or if you already have the part, confidence is the key! An actor needs to leisurely walk into the audition room or rehearsal without any worry, make strong choices and “know” that you will do well. Directors will sense that confidence. Know your show, sense your character’s motivation and audition with confidence!

See You Down in Front!

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