Are you preparing yourself for your audition? Our panel of esteemed and intrepid judges have contributed to this list of audition tips to get you ready yourself mentally and physically for your time in the audition room.
The best advice we can give anyone is to go out there and have fun. If you’re not enjoying it, it shows. A lot of people, because an audition is so intense, might let it close in on them and get a bit overwhelmed. You need to enjoy it for what it is.
Separate yourself from everyone else, do something that makes you a little bit different, and really put yourself out there. Do something crazy with your hair, be creative with your wardrobe, show your personality and do something unique to make yourself stand out.
It’s easy to say “don’t be nervous” but really, don’t be nervous! Nerves have such a huge impact on your performance. Take a deep breath, centre yourself and have faith in your talent.
Realize that everything you have done up to the point that you plant your feet firmly in front of the judges has led you to that point. In that moment when you start to sing, there is nothing you can do to change the outcome. You’re like a baseball player going to the plate: everything before you get there, the training and the passion, that’s what matters. Once you swing, it’s not up to you anymore.
OPEN YOUR EYES. 90% of communication is nonverbal and your eyes say so much about your emotion, the story you’re telling through your singing and the type of performer you are. Singing with your eyes closed totally cuts you off from us and from the audience.
If you find yourself getting jittery when you make eye contact, find a spot just over our heads or over the heads of the audience that you can focus on that will still let you scan our faces but that doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable.
Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. It will helps with your nerves. Recruit your family, some friends, or just sing to yourself in the mirror and practice keeping your eyes open, making eye contact and your choreography. You can’t rehearse enough for the audition.
WARM-UP. Do a vocal warm-up before coming in to the audition room. If you’ve never warmed up vocally before, there are thousands of Youtube videos you can reference to find one that works for you or better yet, speak to a vocal coach who can help you develop a technique.
That said, DON’T WRECK YOUR VOICE. Know your limits, rehearse within it.
TUNE YOUR INSTRUMENTS. There’s nothing that can bring an audition to a screeching halt faster than an out of tune guitar. If you’re confident enough to bring an instrument into your audition, take the time to make sure it’s properly tuned and if it’s not – don’t use it.
Song choice is important and the song you chose says a lot about who you are as an artist, your style, taste and ability to select songs that suit and match your voice, tone and look. Choose songs that are mainstream and modern. The days when someone could come in and belt out a Whitney song have come and gone.
MAKE THE SONG YOUR OWN. You aren’t restricted to singing the original tune and nor should you be trying to impersonate the original artist. Doing something new, exciting and creative with a song makes you stand out.
Consider your wardrobe carefully. This is a vocal talent search but we’re also looking for someone who is confident, trendy, and speaks to a specific audience or demographic. Unless you’re a rocker, torn jeans aren’t good. Think of this like a job interview in a way.
HOLD SOMETHING BACK. It can be really tempting to go all out in your first audition and it may sound like it goes against everything else we have said here but try to hold onto something that will help you to further stand out later in the process should you make it through the auditions.
We’re each looking for something different. Some of us are assessing vocals, others are judging marketability. If you don’t advance passed the auditions, don’t take it personally. Just because it’s no now, doesn’t mean it’s going to be no forever.