How To Nail Your Audition When You Get Bad Direction

nail your audition with bad direction


You're at a big audition…You're uber-prepared…

You know you can nail it…So you read and then…

You hear it…

The words coming out of the Director/Producer/Casting Director's mouth…your adjustment…and it's…


Ugh, you just got ridiculously bad direction and are expected to make the adjustment…brilliantly…


If this has happened to you in your acting career, at that point your mind is racing, trying to figure out how to give them what they just asked for, even though it makes no sense.

If you haven't had this experience yet and you are a professional actor, trust me, you will.

So what do you do?  Well, there are a lot of different ways to wrangle this tricky situation.

But this one is my favorite…arrow-down-gray-md

In this video, you'll get the answer to:

How Do I Take Bad Direction And Turn It Into Something Good?


You can do that, right?


It's very simple, BUT it does take a little practice to make it seamless.

Practice gives you the ability to do it in a pressure situation (like your audition) without even thinking about it.

Action Step To Rock This Tip In The Audition Room

Get a “workout partner”…aka another actor you can work with and take turns practicing what you just learned in the video.

Rehearse this with a scene that you might audition for.

Ask your partner to give you ridiculously bad direction and then use what you learned in the video to turn that bad direction into something good and do it.

Repeat this drill again and again until you can do it automatically…without thinking.

That is the key.

Don't wait until you're in an audition to try this (or any new audition technique).

Get good at it without any pressure at all and THEN, when you're in you're audition and you get bad direction, it won't throw you.

It won't even be a blip on your radar because now you can easily translate that bad direction into something great  you can actually use, on autopilot.

Then you can be present, be creative and nail it!


Your turn! Have you ever gotten bad direction in an audition?  Did it throw you? How did you handle it? Tell me about it in the comments below… :-)

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Amy Jo Berman - Acting Coach
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7 Responses

  1. Edie Allen says:

    I LOVE this. Not playing the result. Brilliant advice! Choosing an action word and translating. Love the thoughts behind ‘raising the stakes’ to provoke the emotion! Amy Jo, you’ve done it again.

  2. Robert Sean-Riaz says:

    Thanks For The Tip! And thanks for being expressive! I saw it and heard it. ; )

  3. Tressielynn Kincannon says:

    This would have been great to have during a short film I did! I was given some bad direction and played the result!

    It’s not their fault, either! Sometimes, it’s difficult to communicate what you want to SEE.

  4. Jamie Newell says:

    You never fail me, Amy Jo! Once again, the perfect nugget of great advice!

  5. Erin Perez says:

    That is a very helpful spin on it! I always just end up freezing with bad direction. I love your tips and videos! Thank you!

  6. Wil Jackson says:

    Great into as always. Thank you

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