Auditions. Auditions are like Eddie Redmayne’s mythical creatures. When one jumps out, you have to be ready to let go of everything and take it down to make it yours. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them are movies you can easily watch from your bed, but auditions for larger projects can be difficult to navigate. It is best to be ready for auditions so that when you do get called, it’s ready to grab it by its horns and put it in your suitcase of dreams. Your Dreamcast. Okay, let me stop. Let’s talk about how to stay audition-fit!
Your voice is the first thing you should work on to keep it as sharp as possible. Larry Moss, the great acting coach, asks almost all actors he meets at his masterclasses, “are you in voice classes?” This will help you to audition well. It’s also worth looking for a voice workshop in your area that you can attend if you have the time and money. It’s a great way to learn new techniques, meet new people, and create the text you love. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.
This is the most important. Regular scene practice will make a huge difference in your audition process. My acting is like an old car from the 1920s. You know, the one with the crank handle at its front. It’s always a struggle to get it to start, so I have to put in a lot of effort. It rumbles once it is started, but it takes a lot of work to get it running. That extended metaphor means that it takes a lot of practice to keep it running. It also means that you are familiar with scripts and what you need to do.
This is the big elephant in the room, and the actor is often their biggest enemy in the audition room. Recent work on the opposite side of the casting room allowed me to witness great actors, some of my friends, and sometimes both, attempt to sabotage themselves in audition rooms due to stress. Stress can affect your performance, whether it’s a great actor who arrived late and was stressed out to his audition or another actor making many excuses and apologies that they didn’t learn their sides.
It can be very difficult to order your priorities, which is part of the challenge of acting. You can have difficulty preparing for an audition because of your family, finances, relationships, work, financial matters, and personal life. Sometimes, you will have to make tough decisions like getting someone to cover you, leaving the kids with grandma, or even putting down a tape. Actors face this unique challenge. Few other professions require that you make sacrifices as often as acting. Balancing priorities can be difficult and will vary for each actor. My advice is to stay audition fit by practising your voice and scenes and learning how to manage your stress. This will allow you to reduce your preparation time quickly.
These are just a few ways to keep audition fit. You can keep working hard, delivering scenes every day, and taking care of yourself. You will have a less stressful audition if you can recreate the audition parameters and perform well. It will be difficult to prioritize your priorities, and it is an essential part of living a crazy life. If you put in the effort, you can be the next Eddie Redmayne and have your bag of wonders.