Most general auditions ask for two contrasting monologues, one dramatic and one comedic, so it’s important to be prepared with two pieces at all times. It is not uncommon to be asked to perform a third monologue during an audition. So, it’s a good idea to have a third contrasting monologue prepared as well. Over time, you will build a distinctive portfolio of pieces that show you off at your very best. Your monologues should be well memorized and rehearsed. Though, don’t just memorize your lines: know the story, where you are, who you’re talking to, how you feel about them and your opinions about what’s being said or done to you by that person or person(s). Once you can do this easily, then you’re ready to go.
Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early. You don’t want the stress of being late showing in your audition. You also need to show that you are a professional. Carry at least two color 8×10 headshots to all auditions. If you are auditioning regularly, always carry them with you. Use a folder so they don’t get damaged. Headshots always include resumes neatly stapled to the back. Use four staples, one on each corner and trim your resume to fit your headshot. Dress professionally in solid colors. Wear something relatively fitted and flattering to your coloring. Blue is always a good choice. Stay away from black and white. Small patterns are not good on camera. Large jewelry detracts from your face and should be avoided. When possible, wear something that suits the character, but do not go overboard in costuming. As a general rule, do not use props. You can mine anything you need and if it is considered necessary, it will be provided at the audition.
Last but not least, enjoy your audition! This is your chance to perform and show people what you can do. Remember, they want you to do well. They need to find a strong actor to play the role and it could be you! Once the audition is over, forget about it. You’ve done your best. The rest is out of your hands.