Now I am definitely no expert here but I just wanted to share with you what I have learnt from my experience of auditioning and things I have picked up along the way 🙂
Walking. Man’s simplest thing. But trust me – it’s not as easy as it may appear.
I have been told countlessly at workshops over the past 9 months that panels will already make a strong impression of you by just the first minute of meeting you. So I will try to outline some key points that I worked on this year.
Firstly, insignificant as it may seem, your posture says so much about you when you walk in to a room. Say if you walk in with your shoulders slumped, your neck eagerly forward and your ribs relaxed then it just won’t look good (or sound good mind you because in this stance it will be impossible for you to access a proper breath.) Remember that your body is just as important as your voice/face in acting – so warm and alert your body beforehand and remember your posture. So for me I had to really focus on not letting my neck come too forward and align my spine so I stood properly. We all have the tendency to slouch but only when it’s said to us do we recognise how much we actually do this. So remember your posture because not only will it aid your access to your breath but you will feel and look more confident in your own space. You also look more alert and ready to move and drama schools want active actors.
Confidence is also key and if you walk in with good energy a panel just can’t help but watch you. It’s genuinely magnetic, and that’s what you want in a performer too. It’s like a relaxed, inner confidence that isn’t too much so it’s over bearing, or too little that you get lost in a bigger space – it’s just enough. The way I think of it is in terms of respect.
If you have respect for yourself, your audience and your space you will enter the room and earn a panel’s attention. One could mistake what I’m saying and walk in so confidently that they demand to be seen, heard etc. but that is where, I think, a panel would switch off. Also, don’t look for approval. That is probably the biggest thing I have learnt from 2 years of auditioning. Drama schools don’t want to parent you, so don’t look for it. Just go in, own your space, do the work, and leave. Whether they like it or not – at least you went in with no inhibitions and you just owned it.
I think a lot of your energy comes down to self belief as well. The fact is if you don’t believe in you how are you going to convince a panel? So, I would say make that space truly yours and transport the panel to the different worlds you are about to create. And then, once you are finished, let your constructed worlds go and just be you. And have faith to be just you because at the end of the day they want to see the wonderful, unique and interesting YOU. The panel will all be actors anyway so they will know if you are pulling out the BS and trying to be someone you’re not.
P.S – Don’t forget to walk out well too, they’re probably still watching 😛
Stay tuned for more drama school audition tips,
All my best,