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LISTEN! After casting people for 31 years and casting anywhere from 5 to 3,800 people in a week, I must say that I am the confirmed expert. One thing I will tell you is that when an actor walks in the room, I know right away if he is a novice or if he’s nervous. The seasoned actors that walk into the room fluidly and hand over their materials exude confidence instantly. This sort of confidence comes from years and years of theater training, acting training, and hundreds or even thousands of auditions.
But let’s get back to the novice. Here are some of the things I tell people to help them get over being nervous at an audition.
1. Know your room. If possible, take a class at a casting company so you’ll be able to know what the room you’re auditioning in is like.
2. Walk in the room like your father owns the building. This business is all about confidence and how you carry yourself.
3. Arm yourself with your script the night before. Be very familiar, if not off book with your script. Not knowing your script can cause a bundle of nerves.
4. Make sure you have your materials ready to go at a moment’s notice. There’s nothing more nerve wracking than scrambling to get your headshot together on the day of the audition.
5. Now, the next advice I’m going to give you is the most important: JOG. This may sound crazy, but there’s something about jogging that changes the blood in your body, clears your head, and makes you relax. So, jog as close to your audition time as possible. If you hate jogging, go on a walk, move that blood around to clear your head!
6. Lastly, if you are, and you know if you are, the sweaty palm guy, don’t shake any clients or casting directors’ hands. It will just give them confirmation that you are super nervous.
So, in a nutshell, how do you quell audition nerves? Be prepared, get a good night’s sleep, and exercise on the day of your audition.
Never let those nerves get the best of you – find the nerve to own the room!