“Coaching” Your Child for Auditions… How to Do It Right
If your kid is interested in acting, then a significant part of their time will be spent learning lines. Whether it’s for a project they were already cast for or preparation for an audition, you as a parent can play a pivotal role in your child’s acting success. How? By becoming their practice partner! Here are some tips on how to do just that:
1. Discuss emotions with your child
Help your child to understand what emotions their character is feeling. Discuss them. Bring back memories of when your child felt similar emotions, so they can better empathize with the character.
2. Trying different voices
To succeed and stand out at an audition, your child should OWN the audition material. Encourage your child to do their favorite cartoon voices, animal voices, other weird and silly voices when working on the material. This will help your child discover their unique style of reading, so they can make audition lines more personal.
3. Switching the tempo
Once your child is familiar with the dialogue, try this reading technique: prompt your child to read lines louder, softer (even whispering), higher (in the higher range of their voice), lower (in the lower range of their voice), faster, then slower (even ridiculously slow). Reading the lines differently will help your child learn the dialogue faster, as well as help make the dialogue alive. Thus, helping your child add a different perspective to the role and standing out during the audition.
4. Practice makes perfect
How many times should you repeat a material with your child? We recommend at least 50 times (in comparison experienced actors will do it 100 times or more). Repetition ensures success. And every time you practice, try to approach the material differently.
5. There’s no “right” way to perform
Never tell your kid there is a “right” way to perform the material because there isn’t. Every actor brings their unique emotions and character to a performance, so encourage your child to make the character their own. Once they know the dialogue by heart and are familiar with the character, they will be ready to make the material come alive.
Repeat, repeat and repeat again.
Try different approaches to the material!
Experimentation is the ONLY way to “own” the material.
Don’t forget to discuss emotional aspect of a scene.