I realise that this blog was supposed to be about my journey towards the audition for Toi Whakaari, New Zealand Drama School. I haven't really been writing about it lately. Now that I have entered the 'hot' phase, the last month before the audition, it is high time that I change that!
So, where am I at? After many doubts
and getting side-tracked accordingly, I've finally handed in my
application, and got my monologues sorted; one Shakespeare and one
modern piece. I also have two backups, in case the panel wants to see
something completely different. One of the backups is a monologue I have
worked on for other auditions and the other is a new but very short
For me, the keys for choosing my audition monologues were the following
0. (0. because this should really be a no-brainer) Stay within the parameters that are asked of you.
If you are asked to prepare two contrasting pieces, one modern, one
classic, then that's what you should probably do. If you are asked to
prepare a two minute piece, don't make it five. This is really the
easiest bit in the whole process. No thinking required, just common
sense. If you're not sure if your choice of monologue fits the bill, by
all means ask! No one will be mad at you for pushing the boundaries a
bit but you do want to make sure that you're not bending the rules to
breaking point. Now,
1. Love the pieces and characters you choose, be excited about and inspired by them.
I know I have written something along these lines before but anyway for
an audition the last thing you want is working on something you don't
like, playing a character you don't like. Especially when you have a
choice, why not try to make your life easier and the process more
enjoyable by choosing something that excites you! No matter what kind of
characters you show the audition panel, you want them to be able to
relate to them and the stories you tell. If you hate your piece and/or
your character or even worse, are bored out of your mind, you're going
to make it mighty hard for yourself to relate to them, let alone anyone
else. The more excited you are about your pieces, the more excited the
panel may be about you, right?! Well, we'll see how this goes for me...
2. Choose pieces that show range.
Choose pieces that are not only in contrast to each other but that are
contrasting in themselves. A friend said to me to choose monologues
where you begin as one character and end as another. Even in a two
minute piece transformation is what you should aim for. Here is where
the beauty of the whole process lies, you get to make choices, and as my
acting coach would say, you get to make them BIG and you get to make
them bold. Show the panel that you have range, that you are
fearless and that you have a firm grasp of the characters you play.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
As of the weekend, I am off book for my two main monologues and am
finally in full swing working on the characters. This includes, dear
fellow auditionees, having read the plays, having read about the plays
and looking closely at the text. It still feels like there is an
enormous amount of work to do though, and very little time. The
application deadline is 16 August, so I will hear back about an audition
time sometime after that. It will be either on 3 or 4 September, so for
the rest of this month, I need to make as much time as possible to
prepare. I don't even want to imagine going to the audition not feeling
100% prepared! I don't want to turn up on the day being scared but able
to enjoy the performance, the work and being in the moment.
Any other hot tips on preparing and auditioning? Please, do tell!