Some Excellent Audition Advice

It’s a new school year and that means that thousands upon zillions of students will be auditioning for their school shows. Many will be auditioning for the very first time in their lives.

Auditioning is nerve-wracking. I’ve never ever felt comfortable in an audition, even when I’ve worked with the director many times before.

The best way to mitigate the nerves, the fear of rejection, the ball of nerves is preparation.

Florida State University has posted an excellent list of tips called “Music Theatre Dos and Don’ts” meant for students auditioning for their Music Theatre program.

The tips are evergreen for anyone auditioning for anything. While the page focuses on musicals, it also covers monologues. And the advice for singing applies to acting too (substitute “monologue” for “song”, “sing” for “act” and the advice is just as valuable.

My question to you: What would you add to this list?

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Craig Mason


  • Excellent advice – similar to my tip sheet. As a guest director at high schools, it is hard to audition 200 people you have never seen before – especially when they are all in school sweatshirts and jeans and all the girls have ponytails. Digital cameras help these days! Also remember that the directors are pulling for you, understand nerves and want you to succeed.