Auditioning is an art unto itself, and worth separating from the art of acting for a play or musical. People who love auditioning have the qualities of athletes who love to practice, of people who see their work as something to be applied in any circumstance, and of people who value bravery and fearlessness in their approach to life.

A good auditionee does not measure the success of an audition by the validation of their work through employment or through praise. One must demonstrate enormous psychological health to enjoy auditioning and not place this activity in the realm of approval.

Take a scene or song, analyze it, enjoy it, and bend your craft towards it. Go into the room to explore the words and the part, ask yourself hard questions about the action of the scene or the song, put that action into the character and particularly the person the scene is aimed at, keep the focus off yourself, and on the work, and be brave and agile. Make clear choices and look at the work like a …