Has Your Child Been Bitten By The Acting Bug?
You're youngster has been in several school plays and says she really want's to be an actress. She's talked you into it. She's taken acting classes, she has had the head shot taken, and has a resume, albeit a short one. Now here you are, at your first real audition. You both have that "deer in the headlights" look. How can you help her, and what should you expect?
Generally a preliminary audition is a time when the director, associate directors and casting people can see and hear the actors. Just seeing and hearing your child is an important first impression. Help keep your child calm and focused. If a child is uncomfortable and disagreeable and obviously not happy it's a big no-no, and a no-brainer that this child won't be called back.
Your child should have at least one monologue prepared, and, if the show is a musical, a song. Make sure that your child is familiar and comfortable with the monologue and song. It will show.
Keep a positive attitude with your child but remain realistic. Of course not every child will be called back for a second audition for this particular show. However, if your child remains positive and is enthusiastic, and of course is truly talented, he or she will leave a lasting impression on the directors. Often directors remember a stand-out when another opportunity presents itself. Your child could get a surprise call to audition for another part.
Make sure you keep it a light as you can and make sure that this experience is also fun for your child. Auditions take a lot of self-confidence. Being passed over and rejected for a part is not easy, but is a part of the process. A lot of parents say that the skills their children learn in the theatre translate positively into their daily lives.
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