How to prepare for an audition at a drama school
You’ve made it this far. Now you are ready to audition. You are ready to audition.
#1 Allow yourself to have plenty of time to lead
Good luck to all who audition tomorrow! Trust it, no matter how much prep you have done. If you see this article before auditions for drama school start, don’t wait!
It is important to make time for reading plays, picking great monologues and scenes, and preparing yourself for acting. It is not about perfecting your monologue for three months. This is about gradually but surely working at it. It is a lot of work to audition for multiple schools.
Many students are changing monologues within weeks. This stress will be evident in the audition. It is important to take the time to practice your lines and work on your pieces.
#2 Pick active monologues
Picking active pieces is a great tip for monologue and scene selection. You want to find something that has a drive through the work. It is important not to be passive or reflective. You’ll be lost among the thousands of auditionees if your monologue is too passive with passive choices.
It is important to keep things simple, not to be loud, aggressive, or too flashy. If your work isn’t sparking a passion within you and you are too casual, it will not excite the panel.
#3. There is no perfect monologue
Monologues are still something I loathe. I have so many talents I want to showcase as an actor and cannot find monologues that highlight all of them. That monologue is not possible. Monologues are not an opportunity to showcase your entire range of abilities but rather a chance for you to demonstrate a portion of them. It can be done well and will make any viewer eager to see more of you as an actor.
Be decisive. It’s often the monologue we read and feel the initial excitement about that end up being the best.
You can also explore with monologues if you have enough time. Each week, read new monologues and practice them. Or better yet, you can perform them for a coach or teacher to see which ones resonate most with you.
#4 Get a coach.
My first year in drama school was also the year that I worked with an acting coach. After auditioning for two years consecutively, I was disappointed with my results and wanted to try again. I found an amazing acting coach, and we worked together every week leading up to the audition. I was accepted that year.
You are trying to get into drama school due to a lack of confidence, lack of technique, and lack of acting foundation. It is not possible to do it all alone. Although you don’t need to take weekly classes, engaging with a respected actor, teacher or director is worthwhile at some point. If you are unable to find someone, I would love to help.
Follow your instincts when you work with teachers. If a teacher is too didactic and tells you how to do the work correctly, I’d run for the hills. A good coach for acting will encourage collaboration and not just tell you how to do a monologue.
#5 Get involved in a movement practice
Drama school training includes a lot of movement work. Being able to express your body physically is essential to becoming a successful actor. By improving your physical alignment, you can set yourself apart among the over-gesturing, hunched shoulders masses.
Alexander Technique sessions were a weekly practice that I did in the weeks leading up to my audition for drama school. This is one of many wonderful practices that can help with alignment and body connectivity. You can also try Tai Chi, Tai Chi Gong, Feldenkrais or Yoga. Or, you could work with a movement expert. You can find classes in most major cities or book one-on-one sessions.