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Conquering Nerves in the Audition Space

Nerves restrict you from delivering your best performance

In any audition it is your goal is to be remembered, so when faced with a career defining opportunity you need to seize it.

Discover the ways to take control of those moments in your career and stop those nerves sabotaging your audition opportunity.


Why Conquering Nerves in the Audition Space?

Acting Audition Techniques Greg Apps Teaching

Your audition goal is to know your lines backwards and to deliver your character with confidence.
It’s all very well to know them backwards at home with your rehearsal partner. But what happens the moment you walk into that audition studio?

Nerves kick in.

The lines are no longer there and you lose those hours of rehearsal. That great performance has disappeared!

But how do you get those lines back in your head, stop the nerves, and do the cracking audition you know you are capable of?

We have done a lot of research in neuroscience and spoken to psychologists about the impact of nerves. Coupled with our experience both in-front and behind the cameras, we have come up with a range of strategies that will help you combat those nerves.

Over all the years of being actors ourselves and being in the audition room, we have seen too many great performances fall into puddles on the floor.

We believe if you stick to our principles you will deliver the real you. The confident you. The actor in you that can deliver the consummate audition.

Lesson Breakdown

Lesson 1

Nothing is more terrifying than the audition space for an actor

In this course we cannot cure your nerves but we can give you some secrets learned from all the actors we have seen in the audition space.

The first step to controlling your nerves is to prepare your thoughts, prepare what you may ask. In this lesson we share with you one simple way to prepare.

Lesson 2

5 easy tips to hide the symptoms of nerves

What are conversation starters and how do you engage them in the correct way?
What makes nerves evident and how do you hide these symptoms?

When you are nervous do you have a case of verbal diarrhea? We teach you how to start conversations and contribute to them without being tongue tied and feeling less competent than you actually are.

Lesson 3

Audition Day should be celebration day

But so often audition day is ‘fear’ day!

Here we take you through the journey of an actor on audition day and how best to combat the nerves from the time you wake up in the morning to the time you walk out of that audition room.

Our 4 simple steps will help prepare you in a way that nerves are a thing of the past!

Lesson 4

Knowledge is everything

Taking our lead from the last lesson we walk you through the various techniques and engagements to make your audition enjoyable.

Did we say an audition can be enjoyable? Yes it can.

You just need to know how to make it so and know what we are looking for in your specific audition. We teach you that with the right research you cannot only help your nerves but with the information you have learned helps inform your character.

Lesson 5

Ignore this at your own peril!

There is a very valuable aspect to the audition process that so many actors overlook and ignore.

Remember, when we ask you to audition for us, we are not just testing you for the character but there is something else at stake here. The more you can humanize the relationship between us, and reduce the status and imbalance of actor and CD, the more opportunities you will have.

Lesson 6

The audition studio is the right place and the wrong place

It’s all very well to have an opinion but there is a time and place for everything.

You must understand how and when this works. Understand the fundamentals of having an opinion and not having an opinion. Get this wrong and you could upset the very people you are trying to impress. Remember impressions go a long way in this industry.

Lesson 7

Your objective is to enjoy the ride and be remembered

As a wrap up, it is important not to allow the result of your audition / meeting to drive your thoughts and feelings.

This is difficult when the world we live in is so results driven. As most auditions are. But it is the experiences that are important, and most actors I believe lose sight of this when they get into that audition studio. How do we change your thinking?

Casting Director Greg Apps
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Meet Casting Director, Greg Apps

Greg has been casting for over 38 years and has seen hundreds of thousands of auditions over the years. He has also been responsible for putting numerous stars in their first stand out roles. Some of the names I have helped discover include Russell Crowe, Eric Bana, Jacki McKenzie, Rachel Griffiths, Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and more recently Geraldine Hakewill in Channel 7’s break out series ‘Wanted’.

He began his career as an actor. He has walked the red carpet, and performed in musicals, in theatre, on TV and film. Because he was an actor, he knows what you go through. He has sat in the waiting room and has felt the despair at not getting an audition for a role he desperately wanted. Being a casting director he’s also seen the other side. He’s witnesses so many talented actors stumble at the audition and make silly little mistakes that could have easily been avoided. So he decided to do something about it, to pass on his knowledge and experience to help actors audition like a pro.

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Complete Series

3 x courses ($231.00 value)

1. Auditions & Meetings ($77.00 value)
2. Networking in the Digital Age ($77.00 value)
3. Conquering Nerves in the Audition Space ($77.00 value)

Plus get these bonuses ($22.90 value)

1 x Bonus webinar ($12.95 value)
1 x Bonus Podcast ($9.95 value)

Total Value $253.90
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Casting Director Greg Apps

Still not sure?

Why not book a 1ON1 with Greg Apps? Ask Greg anything you need to help you progress in your career.

A typical session might include assessment and reviewing your showreels, discussion about agents and current roles, characters and relationships you’ve forged within the industry, your goals and your direction.

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