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Auditioning Tips for Actors

“There are no auditions, there are only performances.”
—Janet Bookspan.


  • In this profession you are always being watched, so always keep your goals in mind and act like a professional.
  • Be prepared to talk about yourself and your career in a concise, articulate manner at all times.
  • Educate yourself about the show for which you are auditioning and research the professionals (director, producer, casting agent, choreographer, etc.) involved.
  • Choose audition material that displays your talent and is appropriate for the character or show.
  • Make sure your audition material is well-prepared.
  • The material in your audition book should be neat and easy to read by the accompanist. Protect your material with non-reflective plastic sleeves.
  • Bring extra headshots and resumes. 
  • Research the location prior to the date of your audition. If possible, execute a trial travel run for timing and distance.
  • Pick out your clothing the evening before and make sure everything is clean, ironed and ready to wear.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Surround yourself with positive people, places and things prior to the audition.


  • Dress neatly, nicely, comfortably, and flatteringly. Think dressy casual.
  • Remember that you are there to sell yourself. Clothing should show off your physical assets, but be appropriate.
  • Do not “dress the part,” try to capture the essence of the part or show without drawing attention to your clothing. (If you are auditioning for RENT, do not try to copy the costumes, but dress young, hip, New York.)
  • DO NOT dress in a period costume EVER. 
  • Wear something unobtrusive that won't draw attention away from your acting and/or singing. No big jewelry or outrageous hair styles.
  • Dress to move. You may be asked to move around or work on a raked stage.
  • If you are asked to a second audition or call-back, always wear the same outfit, no matter how many times you have to go back.
  • Look good at an audition, regardless of the style of show.


  • Never be a no-show or arrive late. 
  • Go in with a strong ego and a positive, upbeat, friendly attitude. Smile.
  • Be nice and polite to everyone from beginning to end. 
  • Show respect and gratitude to the accompanist.
  • Make sure that your music is clearly marked, and know the correct music terms.
  • Know that your audition is not about showing the money note.  If they like you, they will have you vocalize.  Choose a song that best shows you off as a performer.
  • Thank the audition panel before you leave the room.


  • An audition is not over until you get home and close the door behind you.  You never know who could be around you.  Keep thoughts and comments about the audition exclusive to people you can trust.
  • Send a note of thanks to the casting director. 
  • And remember, the ultimate goal of an audition is to give a great performance.  They may not want you for that particular show but the casting director may consider you for another role in another show they are casting. 


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