Firstly it is worth mentioning that no matter how well it goes, you must be sure that you have the time available which is required to fulfil the role once you pass. There is absolutely no point going to an audition in the first place if you don’t have the time to dedicate to rehearsals, remember that for a theatre production this could be as much as 3-4 hours per evening and that’s not including learning your lines and stage direction, so be prepared to devote a huge amount of time to it one you are (hopefully) past the auditioning stage, it really is a huge commitment, especially if you are working full time or at college or university too.

As soon as you reach the door, relax, take a few deep breaths and assume a state of confidence, this will go a long way throughout, from the initial introduction to the audition and until you walk back out the door, you are being watched and assessed.

Leave your ego at home, nobody likes a big head or a show off, there is a big difference between being confident and big headed. Especially important in an environment where nobody is being paid, it’s supposed to be fun, so make sure you don’t play the diva and keep it as fun.
Go for the most suitable work. If you don’t have an imposing stage presence consider TV or movie work, this is usually much more subtle, with realistic emotions being portrayed.

Be professional at all times, it’s quite possible that you would be required to send in some professional photographs and CV initially, make sure the photos are professional and that your CV is up to date, first impressions count and seeing how your appearance is top of the list when a role is being cast, have a range of pictures so you can send one which will portray you in the best way for the particular role.

Stack the odds in your favour. If you are a pretty 20 year old girl, there is no point applying for a role as a 50 year old Spanish waiter. Too many knock backs can start to take their toll, so help to keep your spirits up by only applying for castings which you can get. Don’t forget either that if you are a musician, a lot of bands also have auditions, so if you want to get into a band, the same principles apply, practice and be sure you turn up prepared and know the music you will be playing.

If you have the opportunity read the play before you go to auditions, yes the whole play, it can make answering questions, getting into character and call-backs much easier if you already have a good understanding and understand characters and the whole storyline.

Arrive in plenty of time, this really should go without saying, but like any interview or casting, they don’t want someone who can’t keep good time, which could be a problem for the entire crew and cast if you aren’t able to.

Keep a spare copy of your CV in your bag or folder, you just never know who you might bump into, and it’s much better to carry one around and never need it, than to have times when you could have given it to someone, but you didn’t have it with you.

Remember that finding acting jobs is extremely competitive, so not everyone can make it as an actor, many will never make it past auditioning, and many more will end up in the wings, simply because of their love of theatre but never having got the break they wanted.