Life out here in Los Angeles can be weird.. we go months without auditions coming to the conclusion that we should quit and move back to Idaho, get a dog and settle down with the next dude you date and then all of a sudden your agent sends you out on multiple auditions the next Monday and you do not know how you will fit everything in. This is obviously the dream, but can give you anxiety if you do not plan the day accordingly! With some planning and organizing you can totally attend each audition easy and maybe even get a PSL inbetween.
Here are some tips and tricks that help me get through these exciting, yet busy days:
- Review the materials that were given to you by your agent. Know what the dress “code” or attire should be for each audition and try to plan accordingly. For example, if you are called in for a commercial audition, and then a dance call, and then a casting, try to plan the audition that needs the least amount of makeup first, and try to plan the audition that requires the most for a wardrobe or makeup change to be near the end of you day or have enough time to cake that face after
- Consider planning traffic into the equation. There is always traffic in LA, and rush hour is a real thing. Knowing this figure out where the most traffic will be depending on what side of town you are heading to. If you plan your attack you can beat a lot of traffic and not stress yourself out and honk at every DWA you drive by…Sorry
- Bring extra shoes or clothing to every audition. Even though they try to send out a specific dress code… there are times when you just show up in the wrong gear. Don’t let this throw you off! Try to come prepared and bring extra options
- Bring extra headshots as back up. I tend to drive with a lot of liquids and snacks in my car you don’t want to spill on your only set of resumes!
- Try to find free parking first. Parking can add up in this city and the parking police do not hesitate to give you a ticket (trust) so mind the signs and stay mindful of the area you are ie. Street Cleaning, Permit Parking, Time limits etc.
- Once you’re at your audition stay organized and present in the moment. I know how stressful just one audition can be, and when you have more than one in one day, this can be even harder. But when you’ve finally arrived to the audition, whether it be at a casting place, dance studio, or wherever some of these auditions can be held. Try and stay as present and in the moment as possible. When you’re flustered or thinking of the next event on your list it is obvious on camera and to production or casting that is trying to hire you. You don’t want to look distracted or that you didn’t want to be there. Do whatever you need to do to stay in the moment and listen to everything casting is telling you. (Blog on how to Stay Present in Auditions)
- Once you leave the room, thank casting and walk to your car before transitioning into your next audition or work mode. This can be hard because sometimes we just want to move fast and rush rush but this will only stress you out. You planned today to work in your favor and it will! Win, or lose. It’s how you play the game
- Be ready to change directions or be flexible with your plans. Sometimes even when your day seems like you planned every detail perfectly and you have extra resumes, extra makeup, extra shoes extra anything…something can go wrong…you start your period, your mom is mad at you, you took the wrong exit. Shit happens and it is totally how you react to it. Try to remind yourself to breathe. If you know having music on in the car distracts you, keep it down or don’t even listen to it at all. Read your body, read your lines, and enjoy…you’re literally playing dress up for a living
Let me know if any of these help or if you have any other tips that help you get through a busy audition day! Xoxoxoxoxo