21 November 2013 1:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

You've picked the perfect song. You've memorized your lines. You've spent hours with an acting coach. You've made original choices. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, a lot of things. Here are 15 things that can totally screw you at an audition. 1. Being late. If you are not 10 minutes early, you are 20 minutes late. 2. A terrible accompanist. Most of the time they are amazing. Sometimes, they could care less about how you want your song played. 3. Seeing an ex at the audition. “Oh you just booked a national commercial? That’s great. I hope you die.”  4.Going up on your monologue. Everyone has been there, and the CD totally gets it, but it is still hard to recover.     5.The thermostat. I am glad you think it’s chilly but I’m on camera here and I’m sweating like Sarah Palin at a geography test.  6. Realizing your audition »

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