I know there's a lot of audition advice out there for actors, and I'm sure some of it's good, but because we're about to audition a specific show at this specific company, let me throw out some specific advice that really will help...
- Bring a headshot and resume. I know it seems like a no brainer, but there are a surprising amount of actors out there who actually have no brain.
- Reach out to Dream Theatre Company in advance. Facebook is a great place to start.
- If there are sides available ahead of time, read them. If you are able to read the whole script ahead of time, do so.
- If you have a monologue, be prepared to show all your intensity AND all your subtlety in one go. You will only have one chance.
- If you have a monologue, be emotionally prepared to not get a chance at all. Again, read those sides in advance.
- Connect with the director. If the director gives you direction, use it.
- Impress the director. If the director gives you direction, go above and beyond. If the director does NOT give you direction, do something different anyway. Show some range.
- Leave your ego at home.
- Leave your dog at home.
- Do not talk about Fight Club.
- Understand the English language. The dialogue in "Downward Facing" is both transcendentally poetic and absurdly hip. It's not like a Shakespeare play, where language is heightened upwards, or a Mamet play, where language is smashed downward. It's more like "Juno," where language is shifted to the side a bit. It's different from everyday language, but the emotions behind the words are all very human. If you have questions about what something means, ask someone.
- Talk about how handsome Jeremy Menekseoglu is.
- Bring enough chewing gum to share with everyone.
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