|Dating and audition. Similarities and how to win|
You are excited about this opportunity. You will spend approximately five minutes with a complete stranger, and if they say yes, it has the power to transform your life. You know you have to deliver intelligence, composure, and comfort in this tense situation.
What did I describe? An audition or a dating night with a girl or boy? Both.
Actors believe the key to audition success is to be a better actor by delivering a more emotional, thoughtful performance. Yes, that is true. Mostly. This is certainly the case for major roles.
But what the casting director considers while selecting an actor for the role?
The actor who suits best to the character's profile and gives a unique performance, certainly, but also the actor who has the ability to engage and connect with the concerned people in the audition room. To ensure that the casting session is invigorating and inspiring for the director and producer.
So if you walk in the door and the only thing in your mind is the character and the lines you have tried to memorize, then you have lost an opportunity. Or like a person dating who arrives and blurts out to his| her first time dating event “I was born in Jaipur. I like fast motorbikes. My favorite actor is Akshay Kumar, and my favorite food is Chinese.”
Well, well, well...
You must connect with the people in the audition room if you are to be remembered. And remembered positively. And I imagine the same applies to a fast dating a girl or a boy.
Each audition experience is different. You are meeting different people. They may have had a bad morning. You must sum up the situation in the audition room and fit in, rather than enter and deliver your pre-set approach and glib.
In a nutshell, do not deliver what you want, instead, deliver what they need.
The art of conversation with strangers is a key skill in an audition room. Most likely, experienced actors are at ease in the room. They have done it many times before. But newcomers should understand that casting directors do not get impressed with you only by your performance and performance alone.
How do you practice conversation? Think of going to your first night of dating a girl or a boy! I imagine the principles are the same. You have five minutes to impress! They don't need each others life story. You merely need to answer the question: "Do I want to see this person again?" And if the answer is “yes” then just be normal and shoot!
And strangely enough, that is exactly the question the casting directors ask themselves in the audition room during casting: “Do I want to see this actor again?” If not for this role, then some other audition opportunity in the future?
In the conclusion, apart from an excellent in portraying a character, it's “The Art of Conversation” by which you may grab the role!