Performance Audition Tips
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Performance Audition Guidelines & Tips
Performance Audition Videos Must:
Begin with an introductory slate that includes the auditionee's name and titles of the selections being performed.
Be no longer than two minutes in total (including slate and transition between pieces).
Contain two contrasting pieces:
For students interested in pursuing an acting concentration: two monologues
For students interested in pursuing a musical theatre concentration: one monologue and one song (a track must be used for the song – no a capella submissions are permitted)
Be solo presentations.
Avoid selections with dialects, accents, or any classical material if not trained in those areas.
Show your range – choose selections that showcase different aspects of your skill.
Selections should demonstrate your best work.
Highlight your ability to create a dynamic character.
Choose a piece that allows you to tell a story – shape, subtext, and resonance are important.
Rehearse your full audition, including your transition between pieces.
Rehearse your slate too! Your name and titles of pieces are sufficient.
Remember to consider your blocking and physicality in addition to your text work.
Don't forget facial expressions!
Consider your frame (how much of your body you want to show during your audition). At a minimum, make sure to show from a few inches above your head to your belly button.
If performing a song, make sure you have a solid track to use for your accompaniment.
Pay an accompanist to record a track for you and send you an MP3 file. Try reaching out to your local university's music or theatre department as a start.
Find an accompaniment or karaoke track online. Make sure there are no vocals on the track (including back-up vocals, which are not permitted).
Consider where you're placing your "scene partner." You do not need to look straight into the camera.
You may use one straight back chair and one small table in your video; additional set pieces are not allowed.
Before filming, conduct a full-volume test to make sure you can be heard (and that your track can be heard).
Ensure your blocking is effective and visible when filmed. If it is not, consider whether to decrease your movement or adjust your camera angle.
Find an effective filming location.
The area should be quiet so we can hear both you and your track (if applicable).
Film in front of a non-distracting background. If possible, choose a solid-color wall or consider hanging a sheet behind you.
Make sure you are lit well enough to be clearly visible. Consider using natural light, if possible. Stand facing a window with the camera pointed at you.
Dress neatly, and in a contrasting color from your background. No costumes are permitted.
Shoot your video horizontally, not vertically.
Try multiple takes and submit your strongest.
Uploading Your Video
Watch your video both before and after uploading to ensure it's what you want to share.
Give your file a clear name. Consider something like FirstNameLastName_ITFAudition.
Check that the link will allow for open access to all representatives. Try playing the video in an incognito window to test privacy settings.
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