A Night to Remember

Make The Right First Impression During Your Acting Class Audition

by Luca Zhang

Many acting classes involve an audition process for prospective students, and this is especially common in schools that have a high degree of prestige and offer limited enrollment. If you're interested in furthering your acting ability and have your sights set on a certain acting school, you need to nail the addition. Doing so is about more than showing up on time and performing well, although these strengths will definitely create a positive first impression with the school's representatives. Here are some other ways that you can augment this initial impression.

Have Your Portfolio Handy

Acting school administrators want to get an understanding of your experiences with acting, so it's imperative that you have a portfolio ready to distribute. There are all sorts of online resources that illustrate how an effective acting portfolio should appear, and the acting school itself will likely have some requests. Generally, though, you'll want to have one or more headshots, a resume-style list of the various acting roles that you've held over the years, and a series of reference letters from directors and other people within the industry who can attest to your prowess.

Offer Some Versatility

By nature, the best actors are those who are highly versatile, and this means that you need to demonstrate a significant amount of versatility during your audition. Ideally, you'll have experience in many different types of roles, including dramatic roles, comedic roles, and even musical roles. Although you'll need to be vigilant about staying within the parameters of the audition process, it's ideal if you can demonstrate your acting versatility by showcasing your ability to perform different styles of roles. Even if you're perhaps not as polished as another applicant, the administrators may view you more favorably, if you're more versatile than someone whose sole focus is comedy, for example.

Be Able To Share Your Mission

The audition process will commonly include an interview, and you'll almost certainly be asked about your reason for acting. This is an opportunity where you can truly impress the administrators. Skip the cliches such as acting is fun or that it comes naturally to you, and think about a deeper reason for this pursuit. Perhaps you had a childhood that wasn't the best, but you found that watching movies always gave you hope — and you might be pursuing acting so that you can give the same type of hope to the next generation.