An earlier post, ‘Preparing for an audition’, looked at a few of Mark Brandon’s 101 Strategies for Actors, Winning Auditions. Here are some more, all relevant to to the way we the performers/actors approach our pitches/auditions.
“Check Your Posture at the Door. What kind of unspoken signals do you broadcast when you walk into the audition room? Your bearing–the way you hold your head and shoulders–can make a world of difference…. Remember : the more you walk in like a winner, the more you’ll walk out winning.”
“Get Rid of the Magazine. Nothing smacks more of inexperience in a reading than an actor who keeps his or her head down, eyes glued to the script as if it were an engrossing magazine article”.
“Stay Upbeat to Stay in the Running. Being positive during the interview is imperative. In order to be at your absolute best, you’ve got to be in a vibrant upbeat frame of mind.”
“Instill in Yourself a Clearly Defined Mood before Your Entrance. Whether you’re aware of it or not, in most cases you’ll start being evaluated the moment you walk through the door. Thus, the whole casting process begins well before you’ve even had a chance ti show what you’ve prepared.”
“Use Your Nerves or Your Nerves Will Use You. Remember, making a mistake doesn’t equal not getting the job. The people watching you know the stakes are high, and believe it or not, they aren’t turned off by a flubbed line or a stumble. They pay far more attention to your behavior than the words”.
“Keep the Million-Dollar Question in Mind. “What are they really looking for?”
Pitchcoach says thank you Mark Brandon!