Movie Auditions – Main Roles and Extras
Going to audition for a part in a movie may seem daunting but it does not have to be so. All you need is some confidence, preparation and nailing your execution. Keep in mind, that not all actors got their big break from their first audition. However, while you might not qualify for the main role, you may be casted for a movie extra. This guide should help you make the most of every audition that you will attend until you finally have your big break.
The first thing you need to do is research the movie that you are going to audition for. Find out if it is based on a book, whether it is based on true events, or whether it is an original manuscript. An original manuscript is written by a screenwriter so your research would be limited to other manuscripts the screenwriter has written so that you can get a feel of their style. You may also want to find out who the director is so that you can watch some of the movies they have directed before. This will give you an idea of what kind of acting may be expected from you. If the movie is based on a book, try your best to read the book before your audition. This will help invariably in understanding the direction of the movie. If the movie is based on true events, go online and try to learn as much as you can of what went on. Movie auditions depicting true events rarely stick to exactly what happened, but it will help you understand the story more.
Movie auditions will normally send you your lines in advance so that you may memorize them. Ensure that you do. Once you have them memorized, try out your delivery on several of your friends and family members. Pick people who will give you an honest opinion. You do not want to be lied to that you are giving a great performance and you are not. So take the criticism positively and make your delivery better. Performing for several people will also give you a diverse range of opinions. This should influence your performance positively.
Before the day of your audition, make sure you have prior arrangements for transport. You should ensure that you arrive at the venue before your call time. Being on time may not give you enough time to practice your lines one last time and being late will not make a good impression. The earlier you arrive, the more time you have to get rid of last minute nerves and to get into your role.
Once you get into the audition room, make a good first impression! Be friendly and confident, but not cocky. The more personable you are, the higher the chances that the director will want to work with you. Perform your piece flawlessly and if the director gives you additional direction follow their words to the letter! Do not complain if they make you repeat the delivery over and over again, remember that they want you to nail it.
Lastly, do not lose hope if you do not get the particular role you auditioned for. Casting agents might get in touch with you for other roles, including being a movie extra.