AUDITIONS AUDITIONS AUDITIONS
It’s audition season for drama schools again. A lot of people are asking for advice. Here are some nuggets that might ease the pressure:
1) Connect – In my experience being a room monitor (and being privy to some conversations by faculty members about applicants), I noticed that panelists are mainly looking for a strong connection to the text and a rich internal life. They will likely ask you to make some adjustments to see if you can take a note. They aren’t looking for “perfect actors or actresses.” They are looking for passionate artists who are open and trainable.
2) Find a way to ground yourself – Auditions are not the time to worry about how you look, what other people are doing, or trying to please anyone. This is an opportunity for you to express yourself authentically.
3) Bring something to eat! You will likely be able to audition several minutes later than your appointed time (unless you’re one of the first three people assigned to go in the morning) because Juilliard panelists take the time they need to see the work. Have a snack bar or anything to sustain you while waiting. You don’t want a grumbling stomach during your audition!
In the likelihood that you are also auditioning for other schools, it might also behoove you to have some “decompressing” plans in between auditions (i.e. go watch a movie, have dinner with family, etc.) so that your mind, body, and soul gets replenished during this pretty intense period. As someone who has went through this process as well, I empathize with this period of “uncertainty.” This is where your “presence” or any “spiritual” practice can come in handy to anchor you in navigating through this period in your life. Remember that whatever happens, you are worthy and deserving of a rich, fulfilling life. I wish you all the best!
REGINA DE VERA