Audition Prep Routine

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Everything boils down to preparation, of course, but it goes beyond memorizing lines and making sure you dress the part. Here are a few tried and true tips for mastering the 24-48 hours before the audition, because truth is, your “audition day” starts at least the day before. No one said it would be easy, but with a few tips on how to build your routine for audition days, you’ll walk in the room with confidence, peace of mind, and feeling like a pro!

One To Two Days Before Audition Day

You know you’ll be rehearsing a lot, so spend the early parts of the day with a few people who can give you some feedback on not only your scene but your clothing choices, your tone, and more.

Rehearsing… Got It. What Else?

You’re also going to want to get your things together. Have your digital or paper headshot and resume ready the night before. No one wants to deal with a printer that’s out of ink the morning of the audition, right?. Get your wardrobe together, clean, pressed, and ready to go. Consider including a set of backup clothes and shoes to keep in your car just in case of a spill, tear, or busted heel.

Make sure you’ve researched (and maybe brushed up on it) the tone of the show, and how the role you’re auditioning for fits within the story. Get this nailed down because otherwise, you’ll be the one who walks in and goes the entirely wrong route.

While you’re looking things up, don’t forget to research the casting director, producers, and directors. You wouldn’t walk into a standard job interview without researching the company and the person you’re interviewing with, right? Treat audition day the same way. This will serve you well if you do land the part, too.

Get annoying tasks out of the way the day or two before. Laundry (especially your audition wardrobe), groceries, cleaning, making appointments, whatever mindless stuff that’s on your to-do list – all that should be done the day before, so it’s not on your mind the day of the audition.

Make healthy food choices (go for the protein) and be absolutely sure to get to bed early, especially if you’re one of those people who can’t sleep when you’re excited or anxious.

Morning of Audition

If you work out, do it first thing in the morning, giving yourself plenty of time to clean up, nourish yourself with more protein and a few carbs, and get on with the day.

Take 20 minutes to meditate, journal, or read something that inspires and motivates you. But stay off the phone, specifically, stay off social media. While it may be mindless, it’s also unproductive and doesn’t put you in the right frame of mind to go into that audition and blow them away!

Grab a snack in case of a long wait, and a bottle or two of water. Don’t forget to bring your earbuds so you can listen to music or your favorite podcast!

At The Audition

Auditioning is all part of the process of this career path. Get amped up, but with confident, centered energy. Being able to focus, and appreciate the people who could potentially give you your next role can go so far beyond your ability to memorize lines.

Enjoy this process! You cannot control the outcome so don’t sweat it. If you get the part, great! If you don’t, don’t let it be your barometer of talent or potential. Your time to shine is here, and your next part could be right around the corner!

Mershad Torabi is an Iranian/Canadian, New York based actor. Mershad first discovered his love for acting in high school after being sent out on auditions by his drama teacher Paul Batten. In 2005 Mershad packed his bags and left Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue his dreams in Los Angeles.

Since moving to Los Angeles Mershad has trained at some of the top schools under Iris Klein and Larry Moss.

Mershad's latest film, The Summerland Project is a Sci Fi thriller whose cast includes Ed Begley Jr., Eddie Jemison, Kate Vernon, Chris Ellis and Debra Wilson.

Mershad is a Sag/Aftra member and also speaks Farsi and Arabic.

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