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Well. Not quite.
At the audition, as the director has people reading, or singing, or reciting monologues, they will have an image in their mind of what each character in the show should sound like, act like and look like. The closer you are to that image, the better your chances are for landing the role you want.
So before you go, take a look in the mirror. If you’re auditioning for a part in, say, the secretarial pool in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, you should already know from reading the script you borrowed to prepare with that all of the secretaries wear office attire. Are you wearing sweats and a t-shirt? If you are, you’re not helping yourself any! Conversely, if you’re auditioning for Hair, are you wearing a business suit? That might not be a good move.
Don’t go crazy and rent a costume or anything, but do try to look appropriate, and certainly don’t look all together wrong for the part you want.
Then, once you’re dressed, relax. Look over your materials again if time allows, and head out, knowing that you’ve done your homework, you look your part, and now you get to go show off what you’ve learned!
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