Through our classes and workshops we’ve seen thousands of auditions.
Great auditions. Terrible auditions. And everything in between.
One of the things we see again and again is a piece of the audition puzzle that very few people talk about.
It seems to us that many actors are simply not aware of the impact this part your audition can have on the impression you leave behind.
It has nothing to do with the scene work at all. But it’s just as important. It’s that beat just after your scene is over.
How does one best end an audition?
In today’s video, we’ll show you what NOT to do. Stay tuned until the end, where we share a simple, yet powerful way to end your audition.
Remember that your audition is more than the work you put into your scene(s). From the moment you enter the building to the second you leave, you are giving an audition. Treat every person you meet with kindness and respect, and conduct yourself with professionalism at all times.
End your audition on a confident note. And then leave. That’s really all there is to it.
This is Part 1 of our “what do they want from me in an audition” series. Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!
Do you ever get in your head about what “they” want in an audition?
Last year I booked a role on a high profile show (more on that audition in a minute, but first…), while I was on set, I sweet talked the director, Stacey K. Black into sharing what she wants to see from an actor in an audition.
If anyone can tell you what “they” are looking for, Stacey can.
Check out her short, sweet and articulate interview in today’s video!
Now about that audition I mentioned earlier…
Have you ever read a scene and thought, “There’s not much going on here”? I almost fell into that trap. Luckily I was able to use my audition technique, The Audition Game, to dig deeper.
Want to find out how the exact steps I took to turn a deceptively simple scene, into a powerful audition that booked the job? Check out our free workshop (see below for details)!
Episodic Season is here, and the auditions are rolling in.
It’s time to bring your A-game into the audition room. When you get to a certain level of auditioning, everyone is a good actor.
So how do you stand out?
In today’s video, Wendy incorporates the first three steps of The Audition Game. Watch the before and after to see the incredible difference just a few steps of the Audition Game can make in your work!
What is The Audition Game?
A step-by-step technique that turns your auditions from a monumental event into a game you can play and win. The Audition Game gives you a protocol to create powerful auditions, even when you’re short on time.
What Steps Did Wendy Use in this Audition?
The direction in which the story moves for your character.
Every scene will shift from positive to negative, or negative to positive.
Your character must live out the journey of the scene shift, moment to moment, to forward the story.
All scenes shift.
Moment of Decision:
A moment where your character weighs his/her options (Should I do this… or not). Your character has to make a decision.
Moment of Discovery: A moment in a scene when your character has been provided new information by another character, the situation, or a self discovery.
Create a Strong Beginning/Ending:
Bookend the scene to make yourself stand out.
Use simple physical movement to create the moment before (which is in alignment with the scene).
Fully live out the last moment with a strong opinion and/or physical action.
Los Angeles Actors – want to create powerful, effective auditions that book work?
Come to our FREE Workshop taught by Wendy Davis, Lilach Mendelovich + Julienne Irons
You’ll learn how to apply the steps of The Audition Game so you can play to win! The Audition Game is a proven, step-by-step technique created by a working actor. Ready to play?
When preparing your audition have you ever wondered, “Should I sit or stand?”
We run our acting workshops like a casting session, with actors coming in one at a time. This question comes up a lot.
It’s the inspiration for today’s video.
Should I sit or stand is a good question. But it doesn’t go far enough.
The audition chair is your friend. In fact, if you know how to work that chair to your advantage, it can become a thing of magic.
See what we mean in today’s video.
The Magic Chair
An audition is an unnatural circumstance. You don’t have the benefit of a real location, wardrobe, or other actors. Your job is to use all resources available to you to create the illusion of a fully lived out reality.
The chair is your friend in this endeavor. It can be a desk, a bar stool, a car, your couch…
Using the chair to create an imaginary location will add another layer of depth and reality to your audition.
It really is a tool of magic!
Leave a comment. Did this help you think about the audition room in a different way?