The book, Scrappy Little Nobody, a memoir by Anna Kendrick, describes common challenges of an actor’s life besides acting on set as including exhausting long days of auditioning, countless rejections, and extended periods of downtime. This is true, but if you have the grit, acting is your passion and you are willing to go after it, then acting can be extremely rewarding!
“You hear about all these overnight sensations, but they’ve been in the business for twelve, fifteen years.” --Gerald Isaac Waters
Bring Character to Life!
As an actor, you need to live, breathe, and understand your character. This requires you to carefully analyze your role to as you bring it to life!
You will want to read through your script multiple times, going through each scene and line carefully.
In this process, ask yourself the following questions:
- What does your character want in this scene?
- What is your character’s motivation?
- What is your character is trying to achieve?
- What kind of emotion your character is experiencing?
- How does your character relate and react to other characters?
Your effort to research and analyze your character will be a worthy investment. It will help you step outside yourself, and into your character’s shoes. With continued practice, you will be able to create a convincing experience for your audience.
How to prepare for a successful film audition
Minlo Wonlin is an African-American actor / personality, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Passionate about the arts, he extends his hands into a multitude of diverse roles on projects, including: production-assisting, wardrobe cart, craft services, photography, brand ambassador, cast & crew, and stage tech.
He has been casted in major productions such as "House of Cards" (Netflix), and most recently "Charm City Kings" (HBO Max), in addition to many local theatre performances.
- Preparation If your audition is not a cold read, take as much time as needed to familiar yourself with the script. Practice, practice, and practice.
- Take a few deep breaths Relax your body and your mind by taking a few deep breaths.
- Give Yourself a Pep Talk You have made this far, that is something to be proud of.
- Call an (Uplifting) Friend Get additional boost of energy and inspiration from a supportive friend.
- Eat a Good Meal A great film audition starts with a balanced good meal.
- Smile Your positive energy will light up the audition room. Be happy.