If you want to be an actor, one of the things that you need to get used to is script reading in auditions. Many actors feel challenged and intimidated by auditions. However, auditions are still the most effective ways for casting directors to determine which actors are fit for the job. For first time actors on their first acting auditions, here are some tips on how to read the script.
Skimming. In most instances, the director will give you a few minutes to read the script. This time should be used carefully to get an idea of what is happening in the scene that you are expected to play out. Keep in mind, however, that you will not be allowed to finish the entire script with your own sweet time. This means that you need to read quickly and skim through the script, looking for keywords that will help you determine how you will act out the part.
Holding the script. When holding the script, make sure that you place it at a distance from your face. At no point in the acting audition and the script reading should your face be covered with the script. Remember that the director is looking into your face and trying to scan how effectively you are conveying the emotions in the script. Covering your face is the last thing that you want to do. Be sure to wear contact lenses or your reading glasses if you have eye problems. Contact lenses are usually better since this removes the frames that can also obstruct your face.
Timing. Next, make sure that you read the script with good timing. Remember that the script is meant to be spoken as naturally as possible. In real life, people do not tend to speak very quickly unless they are in a hurried situation or if they are nervous. Unless these are the scenes that you are supposed to convey, avoid these. Give yourself some time to pause in between lines. This will not only give the director time to absorb your acting, but it will also give you time to read the next lines.
Eye contact. Remember that you are both reading and acting at the same time when script-reading for acting auditions. However, you should focus more on the acting part and keep your eyes on the director. Eye contact is a great way for you to establish a connection with the direction. Remember, however, that some scripts will require you to look distracted, in which case you may choose to move your eyes a bit. What is important, however, is that you do not constantly stare down at the script.
Reacting. In a lot of script readings, you will read the script with someone. Some actors make the mistake of simply waiting for the other actor to finish his lines. What you should do, however, is to react naturally to what the other person is saying. This shows that you are attentive and makes the scene more realistic.
Along the way, encountering a few mistakes is common. Even when you stumble once or twice in the script, however, make sure that you keep reading and finish the script.