For many singers out there, they are just desperate to be involved in anything music-related – a tv show, a musical theatre show, or simply even just the school choir! However, for many singers, the thought of having to go through the audition process is nerve-racking and maybe for some singers… a deterrent to being involved in anything musical!
However, we hope this step-by-step blog post will equip any type of musician to nail their next audition and help them secure the role of their dreams!
1. Warm-up your voice
As tempting as it may be to want to distract yourself before the audition, we do recommend that you warm up your vocal cords. Prior to the audition, make sure you have practised some lip trills, as well as actually singing! Here at SVA we often use Anne Peckham’s disc to warm up during lessons – these warm-ups would also be appropriate to do prior to the audition
2. Make sure you are there early… And Be Prepared!
Nobody likes feeling stressed and flustered before an audition, so make sure you give yourself enough time to travel to the audition. The day before it is a good idea to consider how long it will take to get there, as well as a factor in things such as traffic.
Also, on the note of being organised, make sure you are 100% organised for the audition in many ways. It is not only important to make sure you have packed your bag the day before (remember things such as water, backing track cd and so forth) but that you have prepared the repertoire and feel confident performing it. Ultimately, it is much better to be over-prepared and this will help to make the audition process less daunting and run smoothly.
3. Fake it til you make it
Even if you are super nervous, just use these nerves to channel the character you are auditioning for. Try forgetting that you are in the audition room and instead pretend you are the character said you were auditioning for. Pretend you already have the character’s part! Not only does this help you feel less uncomfortable, but it helps show the director’s that you are more than capable of any role in which they may assign to you.
4. Have fun!
Finally, the best thing you can do in an audition is to just simply have fun! As corny as it may sound, you only have one chance to nail the audition and the people that are most likely to stand out, are the people that are having fun and giving it their best. So go out there, give it your best shot and we hope that the audition process is enjoyable!