The Audition Intensive: An acting class focused on Auditions.

Most directors and casting directors will tell you that they actually HATE the auditioning process. They hate putting actors under such pressure, they hate trying to judge if a person is right for a role in such a short amount of time, and they are well aware that some of the world’s most talented actors just don’t audition well.

But they’ll also tell you that it’s the best way we have. They have to see if you have the talent, if you look and sound the part, if you can take direction, if you’ll mesh with the rest of the company/cast. And so we audition. As an actor, I’ve had my fair share of auditions over the years. At first, I beat myself up. Then, I upped my preparation. Finally, I let it go. In my opinion, that’s the sweet spot. When you’ve done your work and can audition with confidence, then you know that everything that happens after that, is completely out of your control.

Truth is, auditions are more about either validating a preconceived image the director has or delighting them with the unexpected. They may still go with what they originally sought, but all is not lost if you did a great job. So keep making strong choices! When auditioning for a casting director, keep in mind that they are looking to present a RANGE of options to their client. Authenticity and originality (letting your personality shine through) in your performance is what will prompt them to pick you over the next person performing the exact same lines

In a nutshell, auditioning is vital to casting and an essential part of an actor’s life. Don’t question it, just do it. The more you audition, the more you’ll understand your strengths and limitations as an actor – you’ll be able to prepare efficiently, audition confidently and ultimately, leave it behind when you’re through.

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About The Author

After receiving a degree in Theater Performance from the University of Oregon, Brooke moved to Los Angeles where she was accepted into the training program of acclaimed sketch and improv company, the Groundlings. Eventually, Totman became a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company – writing and performing sketch comedy for a live audience on a weekly basis. During it’s 5th season, Brooke joined the television show MadTV, as a featured cast member.

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