Disney auditions are fun, relaxed, and FILLED with young men and women who share your love of Disney!
The best way to make a good impression and to stand out is to prepare for your upcoming audition!
Here are a six ways to prepare for your Disney audition:
Know what you are auditioning for: Are you attending a Parade Performer audition? A Character-Look-Alike audition? On-stage show/musical audition?
No matter what you are auditioning for, read the audition description carefully. Some auditions call for a certain vocal range, height range, etc. Be sure to respect the guidelines. You may also try researching past audition experiences. Every Disney audition is different, so the more you learn about the different activities that could be involved, the more confident you will be!
2. Attend a dance class:
If you are attending a “Parade/Character Performer” audition but have never attended a dance class before, try finding a Zumba class or a cardio dance class where an instructor is teaching a routine. This format is similar to a Disney performing audition, and it may help prepare your mind (and body) for the audition.
Disney isn’t always looking for ballerinas or those with years of dance experience, but it helps to be somewhat coordinated and strong (after all, costumes are heavy!)
3. Watch Youtube videos of Disney parade performers:
I watched Youtube videos of parades to practice basic Disney dance moves/movements. I paid attention to facial expressions and energy. Watching Disney performers may give you a general idea of what kind of animation Disney is looking for!
4. Wear clothes that fit well and are comfortable:
They want to see your body-type and how you can move. Stay away from baggy clothes. Pick colors and styles that compliment your skin, facial structure, and body-type. If you will be dancing at your audition, you may want to bring dance shoes (if you have them). I brought dance shoes (jazz and ballet shoes) but decided to dance barefoot to feel the most “child-like” and comfortable. It’s always better to be prepared though!
Apply enough make up to look alive and accentuate your facial features, but not too much to the point where you just look foolish. If you are attending a Parade Performer audition, waterproof makeup is a good idea. Our audition location was very warm and everyone was sweating their makeup off! You will also want your hair away from your face in a ponytail (especially at a dance audition) because casting can have a better look at your profile for look-alike roles.
If you DO have a headshot and resume, bring them just in case. If you DON’T – no worries. PLEASE don’t spend a fortune on a fancy headshot, since they will take your photo at the audition! However, if you have any dance/performing experience, it wouldn’t hurt to make a quick theatre resume. It won’t make or break the audition if you don’t bring either one. They know what kind of face, body, character they are looking for!
Preparing for my audition helped me feel confident – even when I was standing in a room filled with young women who are far more beautiful and talented than I am. I don’t believe I would have made it through all the rounds of the audition without preparing.
Believe in yourself, and don’t let fear stand in the way of your audition!
For more questions about Disney auditions (or Disney in general) feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.