I’m writing this post less because I have advice to give and more because I need advice. Googling “maude” “auditions” “UCB” and “advice” has left me wanting.
So, in an attempt to start a conversation, I will share what I know about UCB Maude auditions (in New York).
So what happens during an audition?
Get to the training center at least 15 minutes ahead of time. Bring a head shot with your name and email address on it (I printed my head shot at Rite Aid.) There will be a ton of people sitting around, waiting to be called for their audition. You should check in with an intern. Last year, I was supposed to go at around 4pm, but everything was very delayed by then, so I didn’t really audition until 4:45pm. Hopefully things run smoother this year!
Some people have costumes, props; most do not. Some people went into the stairway and ran their routine a few times.
When you are “on deck” the intern will take you outside the door to the audition room and have you wait. Last year I had to wait outside of Ryan Haney’s audition, which was intimidating, because he appeared to have the UCB judges rolling on the floor in laughter.
I don’t know if I should go too much into my particular audition, since it was obviously unsuccessful. I did only three characters, no impressions, and ended early…. so maybe I won’t do that this round?
Here are some things I personally will try to work on:
- Remain cool and confident at all times.
- Don’t rush it. Make eye contact.
- Choose characters that you think are fun. So even if they aren’t laughing, you’re still having fun.
OK! That’s it! Share what you know, UCBers!