Auditions can be a very nerve racking experience whether you are acting for the very first time or you have been in the business for years. Here are 7 steps to help you ace a cold read audition!


1)      PREPARE

There is a common misconception that it is impossible to prepare for a cold read audition and that is simply false. Although you may not receive the actual audition material until right before, there are quite a few wonderful ways you can prepare.   Use material from the actual script if you have it or find material online from a similar genre.  Don’t just practice in front of the mirror, practice in front of people, and get their honest opinions. It will definitely help you in the long run.



Being early to a cold read audition can help you immensely! For one, you have enough time to relax, stretch, and shake off those nerves. It’s also a great time to get energized. 



Learn to adapt: If a piece is serious, take it seriously. Then for a funny piece: Go wild! While many actors and actresses may have a forte; it is important not to get stuck or typecast. 



If you come to an audition and have no idea why you are auditioning, the casting directors can probably tell. Going back to preparation, other than knowing the material, you should know your connection to the play and why you want to do it.

5)      TAKE RISKS!

Whether you’re auditioning for a local play, short film or to be the next big Star Wars star you have already taken a huge risk, congratulations. Now commit, and take even more risks in your actual audition. Don’t be afraid to change your voice, make movements, dance around, and stand out!

6)      LOOK UP

When doing a cold read, it is very tempting to look down at the paper the entire time. Look up! The people running the audition know that you had a limited time with the piece of work and are aware that it won’t be perfect. 



At the end of the day, it is important to be yourself, always. Some of the best auditions  are when a person comes in with the biggest smile and isn’t afraid to be themselves then they audition with the most serious piece of work and become another person.


We are always looking for new Directors who want to bring their unique talents and ideas to the Frances Marion Brown Theater. Over the years we have established clear guidelines for Members of the Players and Non-Members recognizing that the Director's role is pivotal to the quality of the performances.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, we ask you to please contact our Production Team Chairperson, Ms. Morgan Fazzio at  She will send out our Application Form and set up an interview at our earliest convenience.



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