Auditioning can be a nerve-racking experience, even for the seasoned pro. Being well prepared can make a world of difference in how smoothly and successfully you get through the process, and this article is designed to offer some valuable pointers, whether you are auditioning for a choral group, a musical theatre production or a talent search competition like American Idol, Project Fame...etc.
Keep in mind that the more you audition, the better you will become at it. Auditioning is an acquired skill.
If there is time, study vocal technique for a while before you audition. If you get through to the next or final round of the competition or audition process, or get the part in the musical, your voice will be having many demands placed on it daily. Although you want to sound great at the audition itself - and lessons can certainly help make your voice sound better - it will be especially important for you to have good vocal technique beyond the audition in order to avoid strain or injury to your voice, and to increase your endurance. Also, having more vocal control, gained through lessons, will help you feel more confident about your singing abilities - you'll trust that you will be capable of doing whatever is asked of you during the audition - and will thus help you to feel less nervous about the audition.
BEFORE THE AUDITION - GETTING PREPARED
If you are able to do so, hire a vocal coach to help you prepare your song. A vocal coach will not only help you select a song that will make your voice stand out, but he or she will also help you to polish it. An experienced vocal coach will help you add your personal flare to a song, and will know how to do so tastefully. He or she could provide you with valuable feedback that will help you succeed at your audition.
Know precisely what kind of show, competition or venue you are auditioning for so that you can pick an appropriate song with a suitable style, but also so that you don't waste anyone's time, including your own, by showing up for an audition when you wouldn't really want the part in the first place. For example, you don't want to sing an operatic song like Habanera if you are auditioning for a show like American Idol that is looking to discover the next pop sensation. While there may be some wiggle room - a rock singer or a Gospel singer can fit in at a competition to discover a new pop star - it will be too difficult for the judges to imagine you fitting into the personality of the show if your audition song does not reflect the style or the goal of the show.
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