Ready to become an actor or become an actress? Here are some great tips to get you started.

Arrive Early to the Audition – Feeling rushed or being late will stress you out! Arrive at least fifteen minutes early to your audition so you have time to focus, warm up, and prepare.

Know the Character – Usually, an actor receives “sides,” which are a few page of the script, to read at an audition. Sometimes at theatre auditions, directors request the actor prepare a monologue on their own for the audition. Whichever type of audition, take the time to examine the script to get to know the character. Do not just read the script. Work on the character. The character is what is important, not being a good reader. Once again, preparing is key.

Dress for the Part – Wear clothing that fits the character. That does not mean you should go to the audition “in costume.” It just means to wear clothing that suggests the character. For example, do not show up with slicked down hair wearing a fancy, three-piece, business suit to an audition for a cowboy role. By dressing for the part, you help the director better “picture” you in the role.

Warm Up – Take the time to warm up and focus before your audition. Stretch, go over your lines, and do some vocal and breathing exercises. Do not go into an audition cold. If you warm up, you will be more relaxed and less nervous.

Be Prepared for Anything – You never know what will happen at an audition. The director may want to chat, get right down to the audition, or want you to “tell him about yourself.” Do not go into the audition with any expectations. Be ready for anything.

You Are Auditioning – Even in the Waiting Room – Yes; there are spies in the waiting room. Nobody wants to work with a difficult, arrogant actor. Always remember that someone is watching you. Your audition begins the second you step through the door. Be sweet as pie to everyone and always act professional.

Bring Your Headshot and Resume – Attach or print your resume on the back of your headshot. Reduce your resume down to one page. Always bring extra headshots and resumes along with you.

Be Prepared to Wait – Waiting has become an unpleasant part of life. You will probably have to wait at an audition. Work on your script and be patient.

Be Confident – No matter how many people show up for the audition, no matter how nervous you are, and no matter how you think the other actors are better than you, have confidence. Smile. You have to believe in yourself. Confidence is imperative. Besides, casting is variable. Think about it; casting is a matter of personal opinion, not a science or sport with definable actor abilities.

At Callbacks – If the director likes your audition, he or she will probably call you in to audition again at a callback audition. Wear the exact same clothes and hairstyle you wore at the first audition. It is not usually good to change the way you performed at the first audition since the casting panel obviously liked what they saw.

Keep Records – A good actor can turn into a great actor by keeping records of each audition. Make notes of what went well and what did not.

Never – Grovel, suck up, be a pain, touch the casting panel, leave papers and trash behind, ask when you will hear back from the director, ask when callbacks are, ask to audition again, or make a scene. Use common sense, be professional, and… NEVER give up!