How to Answer Questions in an Acting Audition

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You have just given the reading of your life. Your monologue was perfect where your characterization excelled and even stirred emotions from the casting team auditioning you. Instead of hearing "Next," you are asked to remain. Now it's the most dreadful part for an actor--the interview. Basically, all questions presented to the actor at an audition are relatively similar so be prepared to shine in the interview by following these tips.

Things You'll Need

  • Resume
  • Do your homework. What other shows has the director worked on and where has he worked before? If you are familiar with their work and what style of actors they have used in the past, you can frame answers accordingly. Is the director soft spoken or loud without patience? Sometimes taking too long to respond can make or break your audition. Realize the director is probably asking questions to himself about you during your reading. Can you play the role and work well in the cast? Can you take direction, how will you be to work with and will you lose your temper or get flustered? The bottom line is a director wants the right chemistry with the entire cast.

  • Always be honest. Be prepared to answer these types of general questions: "How do you approach a role?" "Who or what has been an inspirational source for your work?" "What has been your favorite role and why? "As you would for any other interview, seek to make the best impression. Look straight at the people that ask the questions. The goal is to attain a critical level of likability and confidence. Answer any questions that are put to you in an honest way, but be careful of talking too much. Have a positive and friendly attitude.

  • Prepare, relax and stay focused. While keeping your energy up and remember you wanted to be in this business so show them the true you. Make up mock questions, have a friend ask them and practice, practice, practice. Memorize your answers and nothing will fluff you up. Practice these few main points and that interview will be a breeze.

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