Mentoring for your college auditions | The MT Project

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

There’s just something about being on stage that I can’t really describe. It’s almost like being transported to this magical place where nothing else in the whole world matters. You know when you see something or hear something, and it just feels like perfection? It’s like that.

All I know is that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

Whatever your goal may be, it’s our mission to ensure that you achieve it.

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Knowing your type

Is easily one of the most important things to you as an actor. It is your brand; it’s what you’re ‘selling.’ It is what defines you in the theatre business. This may sound like a foreign language to you right now, but it’s going to become a very important part of your life if you want to pursue this professionally one day, and your auditors want to see that you’re castable…and that means your need to know your type.

Think about this: you were cast as Billy Flynn in your school’s production of Chicago. Would you be cast as that role in the real world? Absolutely not, because you’re not old enough. Know your playable age. For most graduating seniors, it’s probably going to be somewhere around 15 to 25, maybe a little older or a little younger.

Perhaps you did a community theatre version of Cinderella and were cast in the title role. Cinderella is supposed to be thin and beautiful and a soprano. If you are not each of these things, you would not be cast in that role in the real world.

It may seem cruel, and it may seem limiting, but it is the reality. If you choose to get up in your college audition and sing “Without You” from Rent and you’re a heavy character actress, or you do one of Hal’s monologues from Picnic but you’re the short and scrawny nerd type, you will likely NOT be considered for that school. I would argue that choosing the wrong material is the standout reason for students not getting into auditioned programs. I’ll say it again so that we’re all on the same page: if you don’t choose material appropriate for you type, you will not be taken seriously.

So what type are you?

Great question. It’s not necessarily who you are, it’s who you are perceived to be. You could be the sweetest person in the world, but you get cast every. single. time. as the bitchy girl; you could be your school’s valedictorian but be most castable as the dumb jock.

I would suggest surveying anyone and everyone about who you remind them of. Ask them:

  • From any movie or tv show ever made, who would I be perfect to play? (Unless they are mega aware of theatre, don’t ask them for theatrical roles. If you’re lucky, someone has seen 10 plays, but easily hundreds of movies or tv shows.)
  • How old do I look? (A range is okay, too.)
  • What ethnicity/ethnicities do I look?
  • What celebrities do I remind you of?
  • Pretend we’re meeting for the first time. What 3 characteristics do you notice about me first?

Go from there. Hopefully you’ll see some similarities. Don’t be afraid to take a good, hard look in the mirror, too. Note the physical aspects of your face and body type: are you thin/heavy, short/tall? Pay attention to your voice: do you have an accent; do you sound crisp and articulate or sloppy and nervous; do you have a commanding or meek voice? All of these things come into play.

Once you have a grasp on your type, then start to choose your material. Look up theatre actors that are the same type as you and see what roles they’ve played (that are in your playable age range). Get your type and your material in line, own it, and you will have a serious leg up on your competition!

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