Be prepared – It sounds simple, but one way of dealing with audition nerves is knowing your piece, whether it be your lines or a dance routine, flawlessly. Practise with a friend before the performance and take on board any constructive criticism; make sure you have heard yourself speaking the lines out loud, so you are prepared for when you go on stage.
Breathe – While you are waiting to audition, do some breathing exercises; inhale, hold, and exhale for 5 seconds each. This will slow your heart rate down and help you feel like the stress is leaving your body. Besides, cramming last minute practise into the waiting room won’t help.
Playlist – Create a playlist on your phone that helps you feel calm and relaxed and listen to this from the moment you leave your house until it’s time to audition. It may also help to avoid social media while you are waiting.
Act confident – Whether you are feeling confident or not, act like you are; walk into the room and make eye contact, project your voice clearly and keep your back and shoulders straight.
Remember that you are not alone – Everyone auditioning is as nervous as you, whether they show it or not, so do not compare yourself to the other auditionees and do remind yourself of why you are auditioning.
Visualise the audition – Whilst you are waiting, imagine yourself walking into the audition room and giving your best performance. Not only will this help to calm your nerves, but you will be more prepared when you enter the room as you’ve visualised it already!
Take your time – Do not feel pressured to start your performance as soon as you enter the room. Take a few seconds to compose yourself, remind yourself of any mental notes and take a few last deep breaths. If the panel asks you a question that you are unprepared for, ask them to repeat it while you think of an answer.
Pack your bag – When you are nervous, you may tend to get a dry mouth, sweaty body and shaky hands. Prepare in advance and pack a bag with deodorant, handkerchiefs and a bottle of water. This will help with last minute nerves before going into the audition.