Auditioning for film requires a different skill set in addition to solid acting fundamentals. Here are some tips on improving your skills for film auditioning:
Many casting offices will provide actors with the entire script to read because they aren’t on as tight of a schedule as television. Take advantage of this opportunity. The more information you have about your character you’re reading for the better it is for you
It is essential to know the genre of the movie you are auditioning for because it will help you get the “feel” of the scene. An action-thriller scene is going to have a completely different feel than a stoner-comedy. It’s your job to know the difference.
This sounds simple, but you must carefully read the scene several times. Read every word on the page. Get as much information as you can. Where is the scene taking place? What time is it? What year? Don’t let any important information slip by you.
Most film auditions are on-camera. Be aware of where the camera is in the room and how tightly framed you are. Don’t be afraid to ask what your camera frame is. Medium shot, full-body, close-up etc.? This will help you focus all your movements to be caught on the camera
Don’t stress about getting every word perfect. It’s most important to show the circumstances of the scene rather than focus on getting every word verbatim. This doesn’t mean change every sentence in the scene. It’s just a reminder that the casting director looks more at your reactions and if you are able to bring the scene to life.
Nothing will help your scene more than having fun with it. How often do you get a chance to show off your talent? Be bold, make strong choices, and use your instincts. This is what separates you from the hundreds of other actors reading in the casting office that week.
When you are in a casting office, behave like you are in someone else’s house. Be courteous, respectful, and don’t be overly chummy with the casting director. Go in, do your work, and make a good impression. The quickest way to ruin your audition is to irritate the casting director/associates before you even start reading. Not only will you not get called back, but they also won’t ever call you in for anything else.