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Auditioning: The Actual Job of an Actor


I am of the school of thought that when it comes to being an actor, auditioning is the real work. While I continue to hone this skill, I now recognize that performing is the reward for those seemingly endless hours of work. Rather than approaching them as job interviews, I think of auditions as a unique, albeit brief opportunity to perform for a crowd of few. After all, what more does entertainment require than the actor and audience? Dare to treat them with a touch of levity and you might just find that auditioning can be rewarding and, dare I say, fun.

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Who Made That? A Look Behind the Scenes

Photo Credit: Amy Bobeda

Every play is the culmination of a million little pieces made by many hands the audience will never meet. Just like films have crucial, but mysterious roles like best boy, key grip, or B location scout, theatre has its own lesser known heroes crucial to the performance’s success. Whether you just want to know more about your friends behind the scenes, or are looking for the right career in theatre arts, here are some key players to get you started.

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National Tours: The Major Players

Barrels, Blankets, and Beyond: Life in Props

Photo credit: Devon Labelle

There are so many avenues theatre artists can take behind the scenes. While many educational programs focus on directing, playwriting, and design, few focus on the technical side. Most programs include a sampling of electrician, costume construction, and scenic construction classes, but one profession in technical theater is rarely thought of: props design and technology. If you find yourself loving many crafts, working with your hands, hunting for the perfect object and contributing to the overall design of a project, prop design could be just the career path for you.

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How to Prepare Your Music and Talk to an Accompanist

Photo Credit: William P. Gottlieb 1917-2006

Whether you’re auditioning for a regional production of South Pacific or the pre-Broadway workshop of the next Hamilton (Hamilton II: Peggy’s Revenge), you need to prepare your music and be able to confidently speak to an accompanist. Remember that the accompanist is your friend. The accompanist wants you to be a fantastic singer that is a joy to collaborate with. But you will need to master a few things before embarking on the all-too-brief audition journey with your new musical collaborator.

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