We found this on Spotlight…very good advice!
Top West End Casting director David Grindrod gives tips on auditioning:
1. Can you sing? Are you a nice person? Do you have a good look? These are the types of questions the casting director will be asking himself or herself when considering you for a part. Your best strategy is to be yourself and try not to complicate things. Auditioning is not brain surgery! For example, even if you do not have a standard RP accent, in a first audition it is better to be yourself and perform in your native dialect. You will have enough to worry about in the audition room without worrying about keeping your fake accent going! Also make sure your headshot looks like you. You are selling the face in that photo, and not having the money for up-to-date photos is no excuse. Both your photos and your CV have to be truthful and honest.
2. Unfortunately there is sometimes a stigma attached to musical theatre performers when they first attempt to branch out into TV and film roles. You have, after all, been trained specifically in musical theatre! You should start building your experience in the area you have trained in: get a few jobs under your belt, earn a little money, then if you decide to go for a role in film or TV, your CV will at least show that you are a working actor and you have developed experience within the industry. Also be aware that TV and film is much more cut-throat than theatre. Once you have actually been accepted for an audition, your face will be heavily scrutinised to make sure you suit the big screen.
3. You should dress appropriately for the type of show and role you are auditioning for. Wear what you feel relaxed in, but at the same time you need to look clean, tidy and professional. When you enter the audition room, the casting director will ask you a few brief questions to find out a little about you as a person. When you start singing, generally it is not advisable to direct your song at the casting director as this can put them off when they are trying to write notes. Focus your eyes just to one side of them or above their head. Also try not to wander around the room too much during your song.
4. The worst type of person for a casting director to see in the audition room is a performer who is not prepared. It is frustrating to see someone who has spent money on singing teachers, but when asked to perform a second song on the spot is unable to. Just because you are not told by your agent to prepare more than one song does not mean that you will not be asked in the audition. Another way to avoid making a bad impression is to never turn up late. You should remember that this is a job interview and you must show that you are a professional. You should treat an audition as you would any other interview.
5. Once you reach the final audition stage, you can be assured that all those selected would be right for that part. At this point it comes down to a certain look and a certain spark. Don’t suddenly try to do something different, either in your look or in your personality. You have been chosen because of what you are already doing, so don’t make any dramatic changes! A good casting director will now lead you by the hand and advise you on what scenes would be best for you, what songs you should sing, even what to wear. He or she will tell you what boxes to tick so that you give the director what they want: this makes their job easier!