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How to Ace a Cold Reading

Never a fun part of any audition, nailing a cold reading, which is a script you haven't prepared, could help land you a plum role.


  • Step 1: Be relaxed and confident Relax and be confident. When handed your script, take a deep breath and start preparing.
  • Step 2: Break down the scene Break down the scene by figuring out where it takes place, what your character was doing the moment before, your relationship to the other characters, and what your character is feeling.
  • Step 3: Establish intention Establish what your character wants in the scene. Use action verbs and pencil-in notes in the script.
  • Step 4: Make strong choices Make a strong choice about your character's action, even if you're not sure it's the right one. Act with conviction.
  • TIP: Channel your audition anxiety and use that nervous energy in your performance.
  • Step 5: Don’t rush Take your time and don't rush through your lines. Follow any suggestions from the director.
  • TIP: Hold your script at chest level.
  • Step 6: React If you have a scene partner, listen to and interact with them. Make eye contact at the beginning and end of thoughts.
  • Step 7: Persistence is key Persevere. The more auditions you have, the better your odds of landing that one choice role.
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You Will Need

  • Confidence
  • A pencil
  • Conviction
  • Perseverance

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