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Audition to Get the Part

  • Be well prepared.
  • Select at least two contrasting (comedic/dramatic; physical/static) monologues from plays.
  • Read the complete play for better understanding of the character.
  • Communicate your personality.
  • Arrive early

Check out our Monologues page for more.

Rock The AuditionRock The Audition
Sheri Sanders
This book will teach you everything you need to know to prepare for and get cast in the wildly popular and growing genre of rock musicals. From song choice to audition etiquette, this book is a must for anyone who wants to rock on stage. DVD included. Softcover, 254 pp. $32.95.

A Star Is FoundA Star Is Found

Janet Hirschenson & Jane Jenkins
Taking us from the first casting call through head shots, auditions, meetings, and desperate searches to fill a part, A Star Is Found gives readers behind-the scenes access to the machinery of star-making. Recounting their remarkable shared career that started at Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope studio, the authors tell the funny and fascinating stories of discovering and casting then-unknown stars like Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Matt Damon, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly, Brendan Fraser, Virginia Madsen, Joaquin Phoenix, Meg Ryan, and Benicio Del Toro, as well as share insights about the many famous directors for whom they've worked. Hardcover, 307 pp. $28.00.

The Complete Professional AuditionThe Complete Professional Audition: A Commonsense Guide to Auditioning for Musicals and Plays

Darren Cohen & Michael Perilstein
This one-of-a-kind guidebook gives young actors the edge in both musical theatre and straight play auditions, beginning with that daunting first step: finding the perfect music or monologue. Here is inside information on who does the casting and what they're looking for, and seasoned advice on how to showcase your unique talent in a two-minute audition, how to cope with nerves and trust yourself under pressure, and how to be prepared and professional from the room. This no-nonsense guide is a young actor's ticket to a full-time career. Softcover, 182 pp. $20.95.

How to Audition for TV CommercialsHow to Audition for TV Commercials: From the Ad Agency Point of View
W.L. Jenkins
Learn how to land television commercials with this insider's guide to what ad agencies are really looking for. Written by a former actor turned ad exec, How to Audition for TV Commercials gives step-by-step guidance to help actors understand the process from the ad agency's point of view. Softcover, 191 pp. $18.95.

You Got the PartYou Got the Part! A Casting Director Guides Actors to Successful Auditions for Film and TV
Marsha Chesley

You Got the Part!
is a must-have resource for anyone auditioning for roles in film and television. It is a comprehensive guide showing how to land an audition, how to prepare for and perform at that audition, and how to follow up afterward. Written by an award-winning casting director with twenty-eight years in the industry, this book takes the reader behind the scenes at actual casting sessions. Practical information is mixed with insiders' tips supported by anecdotes and stories from actors and casting directors. You Got the Part! is amusing and informative, and an essential tool for both the novice and the experienced actor. Softcover, $17.95

Michael Shurtleff
This is the all-time bestseller on the subject. It is filled with practical suggestions for preparation and execution of the "winning audition." Mass market, $10.99.

The Monologue Audition
Karen Kohlhaas
Exploring all elements of preparing a monologue audition -- script analysis, staging, voice, timing, gesture, movement and self-presentation skills -- this book not only helps you prepare for auditions, but teaches you how to make working on monologues a regular and enjoyable part of your acting life. Softcover, 126 pp. $20.95.

How to Get the Part without Falling ApartHow to Get the Part without Falling Apart
Margie Haber
The successful LA acting coach has developed a unique "phrase technique" to get actors through readings without stumbling over the script. She also offers a ten step method for breaking down a scene or monologue. Softcover, $22.95.

Auditioning: An Actor Friendly GuideAuditioning: An Actor Friendly Guide
Joanna Merlin
This book provides everything the actor needs to achieve self-confidence and artistic honesty in an audition. Included ae several tips from outstanding "names" in the business. " Merlin's compassion and understanding toward actors is matched by her sensitivity and generosity in teaching this unusual craft." Kevin Kline Softcover, $16.95.

The Audition BookThe Audition Book, Third Edition
Ed Hooks
The seasoned veteran of acting,directing and teaching shares his experience with the reader who is enabled to deal with auditons of every type. He goes beyond to discuss business aspects of the acting career. He also delves into the burgeoning field of cybercasting and digital video. Softcover, $23.95.

How to AuditionHow to Audition for TV, Movies, Commercials, Plays and Musicals
Gordon Hunt
This book features casting tips from luminaries including Richard Dreyfuss, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim, and others.
Softcover, $19.95.

Casting Directors' SecretsCasting Directors' Secrets
Ginger Howard Friedman
Technique and natural ability can only take you so far; if you don't know how to audition, you can't expect to be a working actor. Ginger Howard Friedman is a respected casting director and a leading authority on audition and rehearsal technique. In this updated and expanded edition of Casting Directors' Secrets she takes actors behind-the-scenes to hear what working casting directors have to say about preparing for and performing first-rate auditions. Softcover, 188 pp. $16.95.

CallbackCallback: How To Prepare For The Callback to Succeed in Getting the Part
Ginger Howard Friedman
The techniques used in the author's exercises can be used to prepare for virtually any role - stage, screen, television, commercials. " of the most innovative and important teachers of our time." Jerry Orbach (Law & Order). $14.50.

Also by Ginger Howard Friedman: The Perfect Monologue$24.95.

Auditioning for the Musical TheatreAuditioning for the Musical Theatre
Fred Silver
Known in New York as the "Audition Doctor," Mr. Silver draws on his 25 years training thousands of actors to help actors prepare fro the musical audition from choosing the right vocal coach, choosing the right music, acting a song, singing as a dancer and handling stage fright. Softcover, $17.50.

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