My first advice is: Keep in mind that they (directors, producers, casting directors) don't know what they want. I once went into an audition for Babylon 5 for the role of the "Human". I was in a room full of people who looked like me: short, Caucasian, light haired women. The next thing I know, I was watching the episode, and the person saying the "Human's" lines was a tall, athletic, black man. Go figure. The opposite has also happened to me. The description of the character was a beautiful, exotic, Filipino Gypsy. I wondered why I was there! But I got the part.
My second advice is: Always memorize the script if you have time. Directors and Casting Directors don't want to work any harder than they have to. If you come in with your lines memorized, they don't have to wonder if you can memorize your lines and give the same performance. You have already given them the performance they want.
I have a lot more advice, but I will end with this: don't be discouraged if you don't get the part, learn to love to audition. It's so much fun, and an opportunity to play! If you don't get the part, you may be a cherry, when what they wanted was an orange, or a mango. Be the best cherry you can be, and you will get the parts!
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