5 Audition No-No's

1. Looks

If you're called in for an audition for a specific role such as a cowboy, the no-no would be in dressing up for the part for the audition. There's nothing wrong with dressing to give an impression. Instead of dressing up in chaps and other cowboy flair, try instead to give an easy impression. A few touches like cowboy boots and a pair of worn-in jeans. Something that is not flashy will help the members of the casting crew to visualize you in the role. The last thing that you want to do is go overboard with it. Understated will get you further. 

 

2. Being Late

 This is probably the most important thing that you can remember. Just like any other important event; don't be late! For you to be late, unless some serious event just transpired, is completely uncalled for. Face facts. If you're late for your own audition, you don't care about the part that badly, so why should the casting crew want to cast you? They would automatically think that if you were hired that you'd probably be late to the set. If you are late, you had better be able to channel the most famous actor or actress in history, because unless you pull off something extraordinary, don't expect the part. Arrive early! It's safer to kill time than to be late. 

 

3. Not Knowing Your Lines

 Depending on your audition, you may not have to have everything memorized. But if you do and you're an actor, not knowing your lines for an audition is unacceptable. If you are at an audition and you're looking at your lines in a script, it had better be in the lobby and it had better be to simply refresh your memory on the off chance that you're nervous. Any other reason isn't going to fly. If you know your lines and can say them in your sleep, but you forget a line, then that's ok. You're human. These things do happen. But simply not knowing them or worse yet, trying to learn them while you're waiting your turn is a serious no-no.

 

4. Don't Argue - DO

 

Let's say that you're in the audition and you have a specific idea of how the character that you're portraying works. Your vision of the character might be way off base. You are not the writer. You are not the director. By all means, have a vision for that character, but if you're given directions that conflict with how you see the character in your own mind, reevaluate. Do not get into a discussion on what you feel the character needs to do or how the character should react. That's not your call. You're an actor. If you view your character as a nervous mess and the casting crew asks you to change it up and act a different way, then do it. As an actor, you should be able to change it up on demand. That's what actors do. If you argue the point with casting then chances are you just blew it. You will be looked on as too difficult to work with. You're not Marlon Brando or Grace Kelly...yet. They aren't going to beg you to do the part. Your ability to adapt is what acting is all about. Show them what you can do!

 5. Bringing Friends or Family To Your Audition

 

Unless you're a child who needs to be escorted by a single guardian, don't bring people with you to your audition. It's simply bad form and unprofessional. There are already bound to be enough people there for the audition. You don't need to make things even more insane. Stay professional. It's not a family outing.