Basic Audition Do’s & Don’ts

Want to ace your next audition and land your dream role? Here are some basic Do’s and Don’t to help you out.


  • Do- be prepared- it is better to be over prepared than under. You never know what questions you could randomly be asked and expected to know.
  • Make sure you are familiar with the text– know where it came from in terms of origin, history, where it is placed within a script/film/theatre, know the actors who have performed the song and monologue etc.
  • Do research- research is key as it demonstrates depth, remember “knowledge is power”.
  • If singing is required, practise with an accompanist prior to avoid any slip ups and confusion.
  • Make it your own- directors and casting agents have seen hundreds of monologues performed the same way. They want to see something different, so make the monologue your own and own it with confidence!


  • Don’t wear clothing and shoes that are uncomfortable or inappropriate- no high heels and no clothing that’s revealing- mini skirts don’t make the cut.
  • Don’t wear a costume- do not come dressed as the character in which you are auditioning for. Directors, choreographers and even casting agent do not want to see that unless they have specifically asked.
  • Don’t ask for feedback- unless you are close with someone on the auditioning panel, do not ask for feedback. It best to figure it out on our own and continue to improve.
  • Don’t be discouraged, keep trying and do not give up!

For more audition do’s and don’ts and information about audition, monologues etc see below:

5 dos and donts for live stage auditions

Audition Dos and Donts from Director Jared Drake

4 Steps to better self taped auditions

“5 Killer Tips You Should Know to Prepare for an Audition”

Federation University’s Faculty of Education and Arts, Performing Arts Monologues

Univiersity of California, Santa Cruz’s Theatre Art Research Guide: Finding Plays and Monolgues

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