Performing Arts Advice!

Have a question about a monologue? Want to know what upstage/a pirouette/a tenor is? Not sure what audition songs are overdone? New to performing and looking for some encouragement?

This is the place to ask without judgement!

Feb 11

Anonymous said: Hi! I'm new to performing and I have an audition for a musical in two days. I'm a freshman and the upperclassmen intimidate me and make me feel self conscious because they're very talented and I'm inexperienced. Do you have any tips on how I can overcome this and do my best?

I know this is hard- but as long as you present yourself like you have prepared- most directors (not all) will not care. My freshman year in college, I got the part of Richard in A New Brain- over some upperclassmen.

-CC


Dec 14

Anonymous said: Hey! I just want to know, because I'm super nervous about this - I went to an audition the other day and I ended up getting called back for a TON of different roles. As such, I've been given a ton of different sides to learn. I want to be able to memorize it all, but I don't think it's possible to do it by this weekend's end. I've worked on them a lot already, too. What I'd like to know is - how bad is it, in a director's eyes, if an actor still needs the script at callbacks?

Unless they super specify- at least in my experience- they usually just want you to be familiar with them- the more the better obviously. 

-CCC


Jun 25

Anonymous said: I'm the anon who asked about fear of not getting a role - and guess what!? I GOT THE ROLE :D

Congrats!

-Corey Curtain Call


Jun 15

Anonymous said: I'm currently a sophomore in high school, and have acted in musical and non-musical theatre since third grade. Next year, however, I'm going to direct instead of act for the first time. Directing has always been my dream, but I feel super unprepared and nervous. We have never had a student director before, and I'm not sure how to gain the respect of the cast, especially because many of them older than me. Tips? What separates a good director from a poor one?

As a directing student myself, I TOTALLY  understand what you are going through. My best advice is to PREPARE! Do schedules,  research research research, refine your concept, think about blocking, reread the show MULTIPLE TIMES, talk to your designers before hand. All this should happen before auditions. The more you have prepared before the show gets in motion, the easier it will be for you to focus on the actors. The more prepared, the more with it you will seem- thus the actors will trust you/respect you.

-CoreyCurtainCall 


Mar 31

Anonymous said: How do deal with not getting a role you really, really want? I'm in the pre-rehearsal-waiting-to-see-what-I've-been-cast-as period, but I doubt I'm going to get the role I'm hoping for...

A) Never doubt yourself.

B) Don’t aim too high. Then getting a great part will be a welcomed surprise.

and lastly- C) There are so many factors to a director’s decision. Somethings are out of your control. 


Mar 12

mgnfct said: Im auditioning for a performing arts school but i tend to get very, VERY nervous. Don't get me wrong i act without shame and with confidence, but the idea of this audition is killing me! So, do you have any tips on how to stay calm and not freak before the auditions?

See the last post.

Know your stuff. Deep breaths. Alittle bit of nerves before hand is ok, just walk into the audition room with confidence and perform. They are just like any other audience.

-CCC


Anonymous said: Hi I am the lead in my school musical. I'm pretty new to performing, so I've never had a lead before and most experiences are still very new to me. I tend to get extremely nervous right before I go on stage but I have a really big part, and messing up would be REALLY bad. How can I get over nerves? Also I do this weird thing (I don't know if anyone else does it) but I smile as soon as I see the audience. How can I not?

Enjoy the audience, yes, but unless it’s appropriate don’t smile at them. Just think like this- you are a character in this world telling this story. The audience does not exist. As far as nerves go, the best way is to be confident in your material. You can do it, you did it in rehearsal, you did it at dress. Another thing that has always worked for me, is to have a favorite relaxing smell. I know this sounds weird, but the familar smell settles my nerves.

-CCC


Feb 25

Hi. I’m currently a freshman at a very small high school. I’ve performed locally for years and I’m honestly really worried about our spring musical. Our director (working actor turned theatre teacher to put food on the table) has chosen a show, which he licensed very legally, but is turning it into the most ILlegal thing ever. He’s added a lot of his own material, completely changed around the order of the show, added a lot of characters, and worst of all, added a bunch of music from a show he didn’t license. I don’t want to be pretentious or dramatic about any of this, but I’m really worried about the legality of all of this. I mean, I’ve done childrens productions in the past that were grey area unlicensed “concert versions” etc. that really weren’t legal, but this is something that will go on my résumé and shape my high school theatre experience leading up to auditions. The composer for the second said show isn’t getting paid anything for his work and ethically, it just makes me really nervous. Any advice? Sorry for being vague-although I definitely don’t agree with his actions, I don’t want to get my director or my school in trouble…

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My best advice is just to not worry, long as its a legit show, you should be fine.


Feb 10

Anonymous said: Im auditioning for a performing arts school. When i audition, should i have the script with me and read from it? Or is that not okay to do? Thanks

Most auditions should be memorized, check the information page.

-CCC


Anonymous said: do you have any tips for remembering and practicing lines for a scene (to audition with) it's not a monologue. it's a scene between reno and billy in anything goes. (i'm auditioning fro reno). I'm not sure how to practice it? xo

Find a friend! Read it to yourself! When a director gives a partner scene for any show, they are looking at how those to actors interact and work together. One word: CHEMISTRY. The more comfortable you are with the scene pre-audition the better. It will allow you to get into the acting with the partner, as aposed to acting AT your partner.

-CCC


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