How to Nail a Broadway Audition & Get the Part

Use these tips from theater veterans to land the role of a lifetime!

Instructions

  • Step 1: Go on a lot of auditions Go on as many casting calls as you can. It's the best way to gain experience and confidence.
  • TIP: Don't be bashful about re-auditioning for a show that turned you down; people are sometimes hired the second or even third time around.
  • Step 2: Bring a headshot Bring a professional headshot that looks like you in daily life, as opposed to a glammed-up version. Directors and producers don't like it when actors look nothing like their photo.
  • Step 3: Don't go in costume Wear clothes that suggest you have an understanding of the show so the director can envision you in the part. But don't show up in full costume.
  • TIP: If it's exclusively a dance audition, just wear your dance clothes.
  • Step 4: Pick the right song If you're auditioning for a musical, pick audition songs that reflect the period or genre of the show – not the show itself. You can prepare a few from the actual show, but only sing them if you're asked to. Sing just 32 bars of a song unless otherwise specified.
  • TIP: Have your sheet music organized for the pianist: Mark where the music should start and end, and put it in the right key.
  • Step 5: Rehearse your scene If you're auditioning for a drama, rehearse the "sides" – a few pages from the script that you are provided with in advance of the audition. Bring the pages to the auditioning venue; it's common to hold them while you perform.
  • Step 6: Jump right in At the audition, greet the people judging you and then begin your performance; don't ask them for direction. If you make a mistake, keep going, or ask if you may start again. No one is looking for or expecting perfection.
  • Step 7: Go with the flow If the director asks you to try something different, do it without argument, no matter how terrified or ill-equipped you feel. They are checking to see how well you take direction and how easily you go with the flow.
  • Step 8: Act confident Exude confidence, or at least fake it. After all, you're an actor!
  • FACT: Actor Ben Vereen was so impressive at his audition for the play Pippin that the director changed the age of a character to give him the part.

You Will Need

  • Practice
  • A headshot
  • Appropriate dress
  • A sheet music or sides
  • Politeness
  • Respect
  • Confidence

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