Thomas Hescott knows a thing or two about auditions. With an extensive career as a director at many of the most prestigious theatres in the UK, he’s auditioned numerous actors – from those starting out in their careers, to seasoned professionals. In yesterday’s session from The Stage Events – ‘How to nail your acting audition’ – Thomas brought all his experience to bear, providing invaluable insights into the acting audition process.
‘We need you’
Thomas challenged attendees to consider the audition process from the point of view of the director or casting director; what are they looking for? He demonstrated that, by getting your attitude right about the audition transaction, you can feel good about yourself and improve your chance of success.
“You definitely do learn from a directors perspective.” Claudia Kirlew,
Starting from the very beginning of the process, Thomas demonstrated the importance of preparation, covering all the types of research that you can do in order to make the most of the very short time you’ll have in the audition room.
He led the group through every phase of the audition – from the reading, to receiving re-direction and the interview. He also explained how to handle any curve balls that might be thrown at you.
“The content of it is great, really insightful… It’s not just about the logistics of it all; we’ve actually gone quite in-depth” Jack Bannon, Norwich
The interactive session, which brought together actors with a variety of backgrounds and levels of experience, encouraged attendees to share their audition experiences and discuss the challenges that they had encountered.
Even more expert advice for actors
If you’d like more advice on the big issues facing actors then take a look at our sessions coming up soon.
How to work with agents
In this ‘How to’ session, led by careers adviser John Byrne, we’ll explore the fundamental issues around this often confusing issue – do you need an agent? What kind of agent should you have? What can you expect from them and what will they expect from you?
How to work with agents, April 5, 10.30, Dominion Theatre
The Stage Events team.