Top Ten Tips For Auditions
With auditions in full swing, The Tab asked DST’s President, Sam Kingston-Jones, for his top tips to succeed in the auditioning process…
- Be yourself, no matter what you do. Don’t go in with a preconception of what your acting might be; natural acting is refreshing.
- Follow directions, as ultimately the director wants actors he can easily direct.
- Don’t get put off by people taking notes.
- Be concise; directors and producers will often have lots of people to audition.
- Only prepare a song when asked to [Yes, it does happen].
- Try not to tell too many jokes.
- Be friendly.
- If you know the people auditioning you, then acknowledge that and just be professional about it. Don’t try and use your acquaintance to get you any further.
- Remember that the audition panel are students, just like you.
- Play it safe in every aspect of the audition apart from your performance – this is the part that you should really go for it.
Sam’s most embarrassing audition moment:
It was for a production of Much Ado About Nothing. When I first read the lines, they said my performance made the character, a peasant, look too important. For some reason, when I re-read the lines I started speaking in a Yorkshire accent! I had similar issue in my La Cage Aux Folles audition, when I thought an American accent would suit the character – unfortunately, it really didn’t.