Thursday, January 31, 2013

Three things all actors should know about auditions

Actor Karen Elliott, who plays Mary
Theresa in the Broadway tour of Sister Act,
offers students tips on a music audition at
the Conservatory's last audition workshop.
Want to increase your chances of landing a role at your next audition? Our upcoming workshop series can help!

The Patel Conservatory in Tampa received feedback from artistic directors in the Tampa Bay area and around Florida, and they said that three things are consistently lacking in auditions:

1. Actors need to be prepared before they walk into an audition.
Don’t lose a casting director’s confidence before you even get to perform with a bad headshot or lack of basic audition etiquette!

2. Actors must know their monologue backwards and forwards.
Do you know how to pick a monologue that shows off your strengths? You should!

3. Actors should know the basics of passing a music and dance audition.
Even if you’re not a professional singer or dancer, all performers should be comfortable enough to do both at any audition. You never know what a director or casting director will ask of you!

The Conservatory is hosting a series of audition workshops to help you gain these three valuable skills so you can present a successful and professional audition.

Take one or take all three workshops!

Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 to Feb. 22, 2013

Feb. 8, 2013
Part I: Professionalism and Confidence: résumé composition, headshot guidelines, how to slate, proper audition attire, audition etiquette and seeking out auditions.

Feb. 15, 2013
Part II: Monologues and Cold Readings: Monologue package selection, transitions, how-to do a cold reading, in-the-audition-room tips and tools for post-show interviews and callbacks.

Feb. 22, 2013
Part III: Audition Songs and Dance Combinations: Picking an audition song that suits the student’s voice, learning choreography if they are not a natural mover, assembling an audition book and mock audition.

The cost is $50 per workshop. Or, attend all three for only $135.

All participants who purchase the three-week workshop package will also receive a voucher good for one 30-minute private acting lesson! (Private lessons must be individually scheduled through the registrar’s office.)

For more information, click here, or call 813-222-1002.

For more audition tips, click here.

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