How to Conduct an Audition

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Conducting an audition can be an exhausting experience. No matter what type of audition you're holding--dance, music or acting for TV, film or theater--there are standard procedures that can help ensure that you run it efficiently. With some planning, the audition process can be a smooth, positive experience for everyone involved.

Post the audition. People must know about the audition in order to attend it. Hire a casting agency to find the appropriate talent or post the audition where the general public will see it. Online classified ads like Craigslist are a good, free general resource, while sites like are more appropriate for actors. In the post, share pertinent information such as script, time, place, directions and contact information. Include information about what the audition is for, who is holding the audition and any compensation for the person who is selected. Ask those auditioning to bring a head shot and a copy of their resume--this will help to shortlist potential candidates.

Organize the audition process. Prepare a waiting room and an audition room where the actual audition will take place. Having water and seats available in the waiting room makes those auditioning more relaxed; if there are lines or a script for the audition, have copies of them available. Prominently display instructions or directions--"Please wait here until you are called to audition," for example--in the waiting room.

Set up the audition room so that when a candidate arrives, she can come right in and begin her audition. Set up a camera to record all auditions, as it is nearly impossible to remember every performer. Watching the auditions afterwards will help producers get a more complete picture of the potential candidates.

Have an assistant bring candidates from the waiting room to the audition room. This assistant can help things run smoothly at the audition by bringing coffee, answering phone calls or running errands for those conducting the audition.

Be polite and professional, but stick to the audition and don't chit-chat, as this wastes time. Show respect--the person auditioning took the time to come out. Make notes on each candidate's resume while the person is auditioning. Wait until she has finished her performance before dismissing her. Even if an audition was terrible, be polite and tell her she will hear from a producer whether she got the part.