In the world of performing arts there are many auditions that one goes through in order to get to where you want to go. As an instrumentalist I know the harsh reality of music auditions and over the course of my career I have learned there are several things you can do to improve your chances of successfully passing your next audition and winning the next role or whatever the situation may be.
1. Be on Time for your Audition. Never be late for an audition. If it is almost time for your audition stay close to the audition room. Never make the judges wait on you. Don’t be rushed to your audition because you were too far away.
2. Dress Appropriately. An audition is selling yourself and your performance. Part of yourself is your appearance. If your audition is not blind (one in which the judges don’t watch your performance) your appearance is critical to your success or failure in the audition. Remember what you are auditioning for and who your audience is going to be. Your audition attire should appeal to those groups.
3. Have presence. To be a performer you must have confidence. Confidence translates into your stage presence. If you have no stage presence then you have no business being on stage. Hold your head up and have good posture. Maintain a confident smile. Believe in yourself and your confidence will show through.
4. Song choice affects everything. Selecting the correct song for your audience is vital. If you are auditioning for American Idol then singing an operatic aria would be a poor song choice. Likewise when auditioning for an opera rapping would be an inappropriate choice. The song choice needs to be relevant to you and your audience. Make sure you relate and understand the song and that your audience will to. Make sure that the style and words of the song will fit with the style, theme, and audience that you are auditioning for.
5. Know your audience. Knowing your audience is as important as song choice. Do some research. Is there a theme to the program you are auditioning for? Do any of the judges have a favorite song? Have any of them written songs? Play up to the judges tastes and score some extra points.
6. Know your limits. Know yourself and your instrument. Know the vocal or instrumental range at which you sound the best and use a song that highlights this strength. Don’t try to impress the judges with a wide mediocre range, instead impress them with a controlled expressive range that shows what you can really do.
7. Know your material. Know the story behind the song. Understand the words, meaning, and intention behind the writer’s words. Make sure you express this when you perform the song.
8. It’s ok to move. It is ok to move as the music moves you. Don’t be a distraction from the music but move and let the judges see that you are feeling the music.
9. Have fun. No one likes to watch or listen to someone who is not enjoying themselves. A boring performance is painful to watch. Have a smile on your face or show the appropriate emotion according to the song. Enjoy yourself and your performance.
10. Hold nothing back. As football players are told to leave it all on the field so you should leave it all on the stage. Give everything you have to your performance and leave it all there. Hold nothing back. The audience can tell when you are holding back and it makes them loose confidence and attention in your performance. Give your all and you will connect to your audience and gain credibility and approval.
Auditioning can be stressful and it can be fun. There are keys to success. Follow these 10 keys and you will build you confidence and have a better outcome in your audition. As a musician myself these 10 keys have helped me successfully win auditions. Remember to Enjoy, Relax, and Good Luck on your next audition.