I forgot about my audition today! My hair isn't in a bun! Where's my leotard and my ballet shoes? I think I lost my theory book! I don't know what time it starts!
You definitely don't want to be thinking any of those things before an audition! Either you're auditioning for competition team, a special role in a production, doing an exam, etc., here are 5 ways to nail any audition!
Know Your Stuff
Worst case scenario, you're a day away from your audition and you don't know what time it starts and ends, or what to bring and how to dress. Yup, I think we can all agree that that's not the best way to prepare. To avoid this situation, prior to your audition or exam, ask your teacher or a friend what to bring, what to wear, timings, and all of the things you will need to know to start off on the right foot. Write all of this down so you don't forget. I personally set a reminder on my phone or leave a note on my fridge to constantly remind me that my audition is coming.
This tip would go mainly for an exam, but you should ALWAYS practice! Before your audition or exam you should be practicing your routines or memorize your theory. Whatever it is you need to practice, practice it over and over and over. You would never want to go into an audition knowing nothing. NOTE: You should be prepared for ANYTHING! Your examiner may ask you any question. Even if you doubt they will ask you a specific question, memorize it anyway! It might help you in the future!
Body Language & Facial Expressions
When you're at an audition, don't be rude to your adjudicator or anyone else in the room. It's as simple as that. You want to be on your best behavior and not fooling around or fidgeting. Remember, you want to look professional.
If someone answers a question that you didn't get correct, don't act mad or sassy towards them - congratulate them and accept your mistake. For example, if you forgot a part of a routine, just shake it off and have fun. People forget things all the time! As long as you did your best, that's all that matters. Also, don't cry! Crying is the last thing that you want to do. It shows you may not be ready to handle what you are auditioning for.
Always say thank you to your adjudicator, examiner, teacher, and anyone else who was a part of the audition process. It's a way of showing respect to them. Even at the end of the class, you should always be thanking your teacher because they took time out of their day and put effort into teaching you! Remember to stand tall and be confident..Never act like your in a rush to leave or to get it over with.
Last but not least... HAVE FUN! Remember, you're at your audition to get a role or be a part o
f something. Make sure you don't go so far to the point where you are fooling around - still stay professional. If you forget something, laugh it off and keep going.
Auditions can be very nerve racking, but don't let that get to your performance!
Thank you for reading this months blog. I hope it helps you the next time you have an audition or an exam! Make sure you leave a comment on how you handle auditions! Until next month I'll see you later!