Spotlites Director Blog – Auditioning


I am faced with the prospect of auditioning for a new actor with Spotlites, a prospect which, in about equal measure, always fills me with excitement and unease.

There is no more artificial situation than to place a lot of people who have spent years training to pretend for a living in an interview situation and ask them to tell you about themselves.

Most can’t. Those that can, are usually creating a persona which they may well subscribe to, but which often bears little relation to who they actually are. It’s a problem because you have a very short amount of time to find something out about them, which would help immensely to decide if they are the right person for your company and productions.

If they do manage to answer your questions as themselves, they are also trained in body language so after ‘reading’ you for the answer you’re looking for, they give it! Beautifully!

Now the problem is that you are trying to find out about this person and although they have got the question ‘right’ really that doesn’t help at all. Because it’s not what they themselves really think. Or is it?

The ‘mask’ prevents actors from opening up to you in a real way. The ‘mask’ can also prevent them performing in a real way. So if they won’t take it off at audition, what chance do you have of getting them to take it off in rehearsals once they have got the job? What chance of real emotion and deep character building?

So actors please come to auditions as yourself ( I know that can be scary!) and be as ordinary and genuine as possible. If you’re not right for the company or roles it would be better to find that out beforehand and save everyone a lot of heartache.

The very concept of an audition is foreign to this. I know. But if we replace this word with another: ‘try out’ perhaps what I am trying to say will make more sense. It’s a try out. It isn’t the being and end of you. Or us. And to try out how we work together requires you to be yourself. Not someone else. Well not until we have both agreed who that character is and how it relates to you. Spotlites only wants the real you.

this is mr nervous at his audition


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