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7 tips to give a great audition – Toronto Acting agency

Auditions can be nerve-wracking. Some can hide their nerves well, while others make it very obvious. Here are 7 tips to make your audition stand out. 

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1. Confidence

If you don’t believe in your skills, no one else will. The audition begins as soon as you enter the room. Maintain relaxed body language and good eye contact. Walk in the room with your head up, good posture, focus, and relaxed. Be prepared and know your lines well. Show the casting team that they can trust you when you put you on a stage or in front of a camera.

2. Prepare your Character

Show your interpretation of who the character that you playing is. Think of 3 personality traits that you think the character has and write them at the top of the script. What is the character’s body language like? How do they speak? Being very clear on who it is you are playing will calm your nerves.

3. Know the Scene

What is your character dealing with in the scene? Use your nervousness to put into how your character deals with the situation. Be confident in what the conflict is and what your character’s objective is. It will affect the tone, rhythm, and inflection of your lines.

4. Focus

Breathe before you start a scene. Quiet your mind and focus. Commit to the character, the words, and the moment. It’s not enough to know the lines, you have to believe them.

5. Connection to the other character

Make eye contact with the reader. Who is their character? What is their relationship with yours? Practice active listening and react as if you are hearing them for the first time. It should feel like you are the only two people in the room.

6. Be clear with your choices

There is always more than one more to play a character. Make a decision based on your character and be flexible in case you are directed to make adjustments.

7. Show personality

Showing your authentic self makes auditions stand out. Everyone in that audition is reading the same lines. Your own spin is what creates magic to make your performance unique.

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Toronto Acting agency- Dos and Don’ts of shooting a Self-tape audition

Dos and Don’ts in shooting a self-taped audition.

We have provided simple guidelines below to help you produce great self-tapes. 

DO 

 

  • Be professional and prepared when you tape yourself. Treat this audition the same as you would if you were physically in the room with the casting director. 

 

  • Record your audition in front of a solid coloured curtain or a blank wall. Too much clutter in the background can distract from your performance. Also, be aware your outfit should not blend or contrast with the colour of your backdrop. 

 

  • Find a quality reader. Make sure your reader stands behind the camera, to ensure your focus and positioning is towards the camera. Your reader should not be seen on camera unless requested. 

 

DON’T 

 

  • Don’t use a webcam, we recommend using a digital camcorder that fits your budget and have a peer operate the camera for you. 

 

  • Overhead fluorescent lights create deep shadows on your face which can make you look aged or change your appearance completely. Ideally, use two incandescent lights (bulbs with filaments). One as a key light, set to the opposite side of the camera a little farther away and pointed at your face.  If you are filming in a bigger space and need more lighting, set a second light opposite side of the camera, pointed at your side. 

 

  • Castings has requested a certain number of takes and/or scenes. Doing more than is asked could be considered presumptuous by the casting director. Don’t do more than the castings has asked for. 

Equipment recommendations for recording your self tape.

 

Digital Camcorder, Full HD 270° Rotation 1080P 16X High Definition Digital Camcorder Video DV Camera (US Plug Black)

 

 

 

 

Emart 60 LED Continuous Portable Photography Lighting Kit for Table Top Photo Video Studio Light Lamp with Color Filters

Basic three-point studio lighting 

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Toronto acting agency- Four habits to improve your acting skills

With acting classes, headshots, books, wardrobe, and more, it can feel like it always cost money to improve your skills. But practicing your craft does not have to be expensive.  Here are a few ideas of how you can improve your acting skills without touching your wallet!

 

1. Tape yourself every day

Just like with any skill, practice is key. A soccer player trains every day, a musician practices every day, and a ballerina dances every day. Similarly, an actor has to practice every day too! Make sure that there is a camera recording you when you practice. Getting used to its presence will make it less intimidating on sets. Watch all your recordings to see what you need to improve.

2. Practice stand-up comedy

To be good at acting, you need to get out of your comfort zone. Stand-up is a very creative craft. You get to focus on who you are and write according to your strengths. You also go over your piece over and over again. There are open-mics all over the city where you can practice performing in front of a crowd for free! It is an amazing way to practice, become more confident, and gain exposure at the same time.

3. Organize a support group and meet weekly

Practice with others like you! Handpick other actors whose strengths’ you can learn from. Communicate your fears and joys with each other, read scripts aloud, practice improv, record each other’s work, and watch shows online.

4. Watch TV shows and YouTube videos

Stay up to date with the style of different TV shows and watch YouTube videos of actors that you aspire to be like. Analyze what it is that made you choose them. This will prepare you for auditions as you will understand what is expected of you.

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