So you’ve been accepted to all of your top college picks, you’ve created a financial plan with your parents, and you have one foot out the door. There’s just one tiny thing standing in your way. You still need to nail a few college acting auditions to get into some of your top picks. That’s not what you would call easy.
The good news? We have a few tips that can help you survive and thrive during this stressful time. Follow the advice below, and go into your auditions strong. Good luck!
1. Choose a monologue (don’t stress)
Beyond that, you should try to choose something that shows your emotional range and that places you as a specific “type” of character. Your judges will be looking for the good-looking hero, the damsel in distress, and the nerdy do-gooder, you want to put yourself in a particular role and make them see you in that role.
At the end of the day, though, you should try not to stress too much about your choice. Pick something, and perform it well. If you work hard and have what it takes, you’ll be recognized regardless of what you perform.
2. Memorize, understand, internalize
- Memorize – Memorize your monologue to a tee. You should know it inside and out. A few common things actors do while memorizing are: reading their lines out loud, writing their lines down, doing a speed through of their lines (saying them incredibly quickly from memory), and rehearsing lines while something is distracting them (i.e., music, someone else talking, television).
- Understand – After you have your monologue memorized, you should spend time trying to truly understand what each line means in the context that it is said. Read the whole play, do an analysis of your character, and research the setting of the play.
- Internalize – Lastly, you need to internalize your monologue. In short, internalizing your monologue means that you aren’t just repeating lines and mimicking emotions, but you actually feel and appreciate what your character’s situation. You become your character.
3. Watch yourself
In addition to watching yourself in the mirror, recording yourself can also be helpful. This will give you the opportunity to review yourself outside of the moment and give you an idea of how you sound delivering your lines.
If you do both of these things a few times, you should be able to correct any bad habits you have formed or any inadequate choices you are making.
4. Perform in front of others (preferably an expert)
5. Practice your pleasantries
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