How to answer difficult audition questions

For the most part, even the most skillful actors and seasoned performers will find interviews tough and difficult audition questions prove to be specifically very challenging.

Your answers during your audition interview can make the difference between landing a role and having to try again next time.

That’s why you need to see to it that you’re prepared for that moment.

Answering Tough Audition Questions

No matter how much you think you have prepared your self for different questions and practiced answering as much as possible audition questions, you won’t always be lucky enough to get the easy questions.

After all, you can’t dictate what your interviewers should ask you.

So, what do you do if you are thrown difficult questions during your audition interview?

Here are the five methods you can consider to manage answering a tough audition question:

Take a moment to gather your thoughts.

Don’t feel pressure to rush in giving out your answer. A hurried answer is not often the best answer.

Take a moment to pause for a while to allow yourself to process your brain and arrive at a better answer.

Repeat or rephrase the question.

Repeating the question can give you time to think on your feet.

You may even ask for the question to be clarified. Sometimes rephrasing the question can offer you insight how to best answer the question.

Fake it till you make it.

No matter how shaky you are feeling inside, act confident.

Be careful with your body language and maintain eye contact.

Keep it short and simple.

Avoid using a lot of fillers and resort to babbling.

Do not go beating around the bush. Sometimes the more words you say, the more mistakes you make. It’s best to provide short and concise answers and focus on making your answer noteworthy and interesting.

Maintain your poise.

You’ve probably heard about grace under pressure. When you are caught off guard with a tough question, be sure to maintain your poise. You may not give your interviewer the best answer but at least leave them with a good impression.

Sample Difficult Questions You May be Asked during Auditions 

Audition interviews are important ways for the casting team to scrutinize their talents and determine whether or not they are fit for the role or project and how they will be once they become part of the team.

Here are some of the tricky questions your interviewers may ask you during your audition interview:

 

  • When you are suffering from a setback, how does that emotionally impact you and your performance?
  • If given the chance, what kind of roles do you prefer?
  • Who do you look up to as an actor (or director/singer/performer)?
  • How do you spend your five-minute break in between rehearsals?
  • What is the toughest role that you have taken on so far? Why?
  • Tell me about a time when you really had a bad day but still had to perform. How did you get past through it?
  • If you are not an actor or a performer, what would you like to be?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses as an actor or performer?