Audition Advice for a Teenage Actress

Heading to Audition

Auditions for a teenage actress are likely one of the most important parts of being a teen in show business. Without auditions, it is unlikely that you'll get hired for any acting parts and even more unlikely that you will catch the eye of an agent. While they can be stressful, auditions for a teenage actress are easy once you understand the process.

Find Auditions For a Teenage Actress

Often, the hardest part of an audition is finding one. A few tips to help you find the best auditions for you include:

  • Looking online through forums and other postings to find openings in your area.
  • Working with a local agency to keep finding auditions. Often, the agency will have opportunities - even if you're not a client.
  • Keep visiting the local community theater boards. You'll never know what type of auditions you'll be able to find there.
  • Open your local paper and check out the classified section.
  • Try to network with other actresses in your area to find the best auditions for your situation.
  • If you have an agent, be sure to check in as frequently as possible to see what they have available.
  • Look into the postings and opportunities at any local colleges (community, public or private schools are all fine).

No matter what you do to try and find auditions, it's more important how you act on them than how many you can find.

What To Expect On Auditions

Auditioning can be difficult if you don't know what to expect. A few tips to make things easier include:

  • Show up on time. Being late can make you look bad.
  • Try to dress appropriate for the role. In other words, if you're playing someone younger, dress like it by the clothing you wear. If you're playing a grungy character, feel free to wear ripped jeans. Try to get in character.
  • You will be asked to read a few lines from the script or to perform a pre-planned monologue. Be prepared for either event.
  • Don't expect to know right then and there if you got the part. Much like a job interview, there is often much thought that goes into the decision.
  • Sometimes producers, writers, agents, etc can be quite rude. They can also be some of the nicest people you'll meet. Prepare yourself to meet and deal with all these different personality types in a way that makes you look good.
  • Follow up. Don't be afraid to call or email and see if you got the role. If you do, congratulations! If not, move on to the next one.

How to Prepare

Auditions are like the cool job interviews that other industries go through. That fact alone can be quite difficult to swallow. However - just like a job interview - there are many things that you can do to prepare for an audition. These things include:

  • Make sure that you have a monologue prepared if you'll be doing a scene audition. Always make sure that you have at least two different monologues that highlight your range as an actress ready for any spontaneous auditions you might come across.
  • If you know that you'll be doing a read of the character you're auditioning for, really try to get a feeling for the character before heading in. If you can, do your research to get a deeper background on the character.
  • Try to research those you'll be auditioning for, if possible. Is the producer you're looking to get the role from a fan of British accents? Does the agent tend to work with more powerful and strong characters? Keep these things in mind when introducing yourself and your character.

Audition Method

Whether you nail your audition or not isn't as important as nailing the method of an audition. Have you ever heard the saying about giving a man a fish versus teaching a man to fish? The same is true of auditions. So long as you know how to successfully perform at an audition, you'll always be in a position to get a great role.

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Audition Advice for a Teenage Actress