FAQ auditions theatre and dance
How do you prepare an audition? Auditioning is exciting: not just for you but also for the company you are doing the audition for! The result of the audition does not say everything about your capacities but it does say something about how they match with what the company is looking for. Don't be too choosy: audition a lot. You can learn a lot from auditioning and it increases the chances of work.
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The first acquaintance
Be sure you know the performances of the company/director/choreographer, and mention this in your letter.Take a course in “auditioning” during your training. Describe your motivation in a short letter. Include your cv and any other personal documents. What is important is that you jump out at them. Often being original is best. Formulate your motivation in a positive way: “I find your performance interesting because…”.
Face the confrontation
Go to the audition with a positive attitude (“I will make something out of it, no matter how”) and healthy curiosity. Wear clothing that makes you comfortable, but don’t hide your body. A bright piece of clothing can help you stand out at a full audition. Be yourself and realise that it is not easy for the people behind the table either: they are responsible of selecting the best.
How do you position yourself at an audition?
- Choreographers and directors want to work with people who show interest and who want to learn. You need to express this consciously.
- Listen to what is asked of you, but show initiative also. Dare to be yourself and to show your vulnerable side.
- Don’t be too critical, even if you have to do something new or unexpected.
- For dancers: If the dance material is difficult, don’t be shy, but throw yourself into it. But be careful about injuries due to overconfidence. Don't stop, but continue if something goes wrong.
- Make sure you have space to move fully. The most room is always at the front. Be amicable; don’t get in anyone’s way.
- Position yourself so that you can see how the exercise is demonstrated.
After the audition
If you’re hired, you will get an employment contract or training contract presented to you. Not hired? Consider that you’ll probably want to try it again in another year or so! Keep the contacts positive, even if you feel like making critical comments. And think about what experiences you will take with you to the next audition.