- Be well prepared.
- Select at least two contrasting (comedic/dramatic; physical/static) monologues
- Read the complete play for better understanding of the character.
- Communicate your personality.
- Arrive early
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Recommended Books for
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Actor's Guide to Auditions & Interviews
Now in its third edition, this useful guide outlines the techniques needed to
achieve success in the challenging process of getting work. It covers all aspects
of casting, including gaining acceptance into a drama course, landing a part
in film, TV, commercials or theatre, and becoming a radio or TV presenter. Updated
and revised throughout, this book is a vital resource for actors. Softcover,
126 pp. $24.95.
An Actor's Guide to Getting Work
Now in its fourth edition, this practical, comprehensive guide
contains invaluable information and advice to enable actors to
make the most of everything from drama schools and finding an agent
to voice overs. Dunmore has drawn on his own experience and that
of numerous other professionals to produce An Actor's Guide
to Getting Work, which has become the standard work of reference
for actors of all ages. Softcover, 218 pp. $29.95.
How NOT to Audition: Avoiding the Common Mistakes that Most Actors Make
Ellie Kanner & Denny Martin Flynn
Sure there are dozens of books that tell you what you must do on
an audition, however this book is different. How NOT to Audition aims
to make sure that you don't make the most common mistakes -- mistakes
that can cost you the job! Written with an edge and sense of humour,
the book will steer the reader through general interviews, open-calls,
pre-reads, callbacks, studio and network tests. Softcover, 151 pp.
Leading Women: Plays for Actresses II
Eric Lane and Nina Shengold
This anthology brings together the best in full-length plays, one-act plays and monologues
with a focus on female casts. Included are works by authors such as Alan Ball, Migdalia
Cruz, Sherry Kramer, Eric Lane, and Mary Louise Wilson. Softcover, 628 pp., $26.00.
Advice To A Player:
A Collection of Monologues from Shakespeare with Explanatory Notes
While some of the 32 speeches included here are well known and favorites for audition
purposes, most are less familiar and so provide challenging opportunities for an
actor to grow. The author carefully examines each monologue as a whole and the various
sentences and phrases within it. He goes on to explain point by point everything
the actor needs to know about that moment in the play when the monologue is delivered.
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;
How to Get the Part without Falling Apart
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, $28.95.
Auditioning: An Actor Friendly Guide
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
The Audition Book, Third Edition
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.
How to Audition for TV, Movies,
Commercials, Plays and Musicals
This book features casting tips from luminaries including Richard Dreyfuss, Hal Prince,
Stephen Sondheim, and others.
Auditioning for the Musical Theatre
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.
Callback: 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. " ...one of the most innovative
and important teachers of our time." Jerry Orbach (Law & Order).
Also by Ginger Howard Friedman: Casting Directors' Secrets: Inside Tips for
Successful Auditions $26.50, and The Perfect Monologue,$24.95.
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