When attending acting auditions there will always be rules of etiquette
that an actor must follow during the audition process. The three main
phases of an audition are the arrival, the audition itself, and your exit.
Always arrive at an audition fifteen minutes early. Acting auditions are
a hectic process, and things are always changing, so it is always better
to be early than late. Do not dress in any costume unless asked to, but
dress in attire that best suits the role you are auditioning for. When
you first arrive, report directly to the casting assistant. Once you have
signed in with the casting assistant, wait patiently for your turn. Be
quiet and respectful to the casting assistants; any rudeness will surely
be mentioned to the casting director. If you have received your "sides"
(pages which will be read in audition) rehearse to yourself and wait for
your name to be called. Do some exercises that will help you relax, like
deep breathing, or closing your eyes and visualizing your scene. The main
goal in the waiting area is to stay lose.
When called into the audition room, enter the room, smile and introduce
yourself to the casting director. Hand the assistant your head shot with
your resume attached to the back. Announce the audition piece you will
be performing and begin when you are ready. Do not wait for the word "action"
or any other sign from the casting director. They are most likely tired,
bored and irritable. Just be confident and begin your audition after you
have introduced yourself and you know your audience is ready. Thank the
casting director when you have finished and leave immediately.
Once you have finished your acting audition, wait an additional two minutes
incase the casting director wants to bring you back in to read again.
After two minutes, sign out with the casting assistant and leave quietly.
Acting auditions will become easier to deal with the more you attend.
The most important etiquette when auditioning is to simply be polite.
Ask questions quickly if you have any, and even if you are having the
worst day of your life, act like it's the best. Be on time, be efficient
and don't ask when you will find out about the part. The big line with
auditions is "Don't call us, we'll call you." Just leave confident
and keep auditioning.