The Actors Centre

Five top tips

10 May 2018

Improve your chances of auditioning successfully.

1.  When you have an audition/casting/interview your primary objective should NOT be to GET a job but to DO your job.  You’re an actor.  Assuming you love/enjoy the acting process, an audition should be treated as an opportunity to do what you love.  Prepare as you would for the actual filming once you have got the job.


2. If they ask you during the “Chat” at the start of the audition what you have been doing RECENTLY or LATELY?  They are not testing whether or not you have worked recently, they just want to get to know you a little by talking about your acting work and feel it is easier for you to talk about things that are fresh in your memory.  If you have recent work that you think is impressive and therefore good to mention then mention it.  If however you haven’t worked recently or have not done recent work worth discussing DON’T become defensive or lose confidence.  You say the equivalent of “Well the most recent work I was really pleased with was…and then talk about your best work, even if it was a year or two ago.   You then talk about it with ease, as if it were fresh in your memory because YOU HAVE PRACTICED TALKING ABOUT YOUR WORK.


3.  Practice with a friend being asked about the work on your CV.  Rehearse answers to all possible questions.  Hone your answers to be positive, succinct and interesting.  You are the product; the salesperson and your CV is the promotional brochure and user manual.  We buy products because the salesperson knows all there is to know about the product and thinks it’s the best on the market which convinces us that they are right.


4.  When the recording of the scene begins, don’t play the scene for those in the room i.e. casting director, director, producer, play it for the camera and the framing (just above the head to just below mid chest.)  THIS DOES NOT MEAN INTO THE CAMERA.  You are aware of the camera and that the camera is your ally, you are a team.  It will convey to the viewer on playback whatever you want them to see.  You are in charge and must make choices on how to reveal the scene and your characters life and journey. All the things you have prepared in advance.


5.  PRACTICE AT HOME REGULARLY.  Set up the situation that you find most often at auditions for camera.  Sitting down, the casting director sitting opposite you.  Camera on their right pointing at you with the Camera recording you from your left.  Learn scenes. Play them. Watch them played back. Improve on them.  Get so familiar with the process that an audition is just ‘a day at the office’.  You come across as confident, at ease and pleased to be DOING WHAT YOU LOVE.  ACTING!


John Melainey regularly teaches at the Actors Centre. Take a look at his workshop here.