As our cities prepare to, or are already taking audition appointments, I’m re-posting these terrific tips. Thank you to Amy Wilson, NYC Director, for these helpful audition tips from 2012 on the NYC site:
WHAT ARE THE AUDITIONERS LOOKING FOR?
We’re casting a show of about twelve readers whose pieces will fit together in some kind of flow. Some will be funny, some sad, some both. But we have no preconceived notions going into auditions, no slots to fill or boxes we’re looking to check. The best thing you can do is show us what Deb Rox calls “the incredible youness of you.”
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT THING TO READ?
Bring in something that you love, something that you feel strongly about, something that you want people to hear said. Bring in the story that only you can tell. Even if you’re talking about something about motherhood that’s totally universal (like sleep deprivation?), find a way to make it uniquely yours.
DO I HAVE TO MEMORIZE MY PIECE?
No. (All the final productions) will be a reading(s).
DO I HAVE TO “ACT” MY PIECE?
If you’re not someone with a lot of performing experience, you may feel like you’re supposed to do something to “help” your material. But anyone with a lot of performing experience will tell you that it’s just the opposite: read simply and truthfully. Don’t feel the need to embroider. You and your words are enough.
DOES IT REALLY HAVE TO BE 3-5 MINUTES**?
Yes. Your audition slot will not allow for a piece that runs too much longer, so please time the length before coming in. We want to have time to hear your piece and with the time left over, find out a little bit about you.
What do you have to lose? Come to auditions and share your story with our directors and producers–all bloggers who devote a great deal of time to reading and commenting on stories by people like you. We can’t wait to hear your words!
** Some cities allow for 5-7 minutes, so check your city’s audition announcements and read the fine print.