HERE IT IS, MUSICAL EXCHANGE!! Ask Us Blog #2, and I think it's a good one :)
Question: Suppose you're auditioning for a role that others with more experience are also going for...like Fantine in Les Mis, hint hint. How can you make yourself stand out?
Madison: My first piece of advice is CONFIDENCE! The people you are auditioning for have no idea that you’ve never played a particular part before! If you walk into the room and have the confidence that says, “I am the one you want for this part!”, they will believe you and might just even cast you! With that being said, you definitely have to do your research. You have to know HOW to act like the character you are trying to portray. What time-period does the show take place in? What did the people of that time-period wear? If you do the research on your end and walk in with confidence, that will say more than any resume credential ever could! Best of luck with your audition and remember the people casting want you to do great! It makes their life ten times easier, too :D
Brett-Marco: I would help myself stand out by doing character work independent from recent or famous performances, and creating a personal interpretation of the role. The other more experienced auditioners will most likely be doing the same, giving the casting team individuals to pick from rather than a from a bunch of "who copies the last famous performance best." By presenting yourself as an individual making strong character choices in your songs or monologues, you can appear more unique, creative and engaging to the casting team, and put yourself right there in the running up with those who may be boosted by past credits.
Brittany: In high school, all of my auditions at my performing arts center were open, meaning all the people auditioning for each part auditioned in front of the entire cast of the show!! From this, I really noticed that those who auditioned were the most prepared – they knew their song and knew it well enough to expand on it from an acting and character perspective! The director wants to see your understanding of the role – your maturity within it. Some people even “hinted” a bit. When one girl was auditioning for Ms. Lovett in Sweeney Todd she wore a simple apron over her clothes, which really gave the director the ability to imagine her as the part. Obviously this is something you can’t always do, but I remember going in for 42nd Street and wearing a high waisted skirt with my leotard in the dance call and a lacey yellow dress for the singing because it made me feel more like a woman in the thirties! Your research of the part needs to be demonstrated through your voice, acting choices, and clothing style (potentially). When you are about to sing, create your environment. Know where you are, who you are, and what has happened leading into the song and how all these things affect your choices J