15 Quick Tips for Preparing To Audition

#1 – Acknowledge

  • You are talented
  • This is an EXTREMELY competitive field
  • You will have to work harder than you ever have in your life to be successful in college
  • Its ok to be nervous, scared, etc.
  • If you don’t get in anywhere, its OK.

#2 – Know your options

  • Musical Theatre (BFA – BM)
  • Theatre
  • Dance
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Vocal Performance
  • Music Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Technical Theatre
  • Music Industry/Music Business
  • Audio/Recording Technology

#3 – Do your homework

  • Conservatory vs. Liberal Arts
  • Research the schools
  • Research alumni of the schools
  • Read up on college confidential

#4 – Evaluate Yourself

  • What are your strengths
  • What are your weaknesses
  • How are you going to sell yourself

#5 – Evaluate the programs

  • Compare curriculums
  • Compare offerings in: Acting, Dance, Voice, Music,

#6 – Research the financials

  • How much can you really afford?
  • Complete a FAFSA worksheet this year
  • What is your parents’ contribution according to FAFSA?  Can they actually afford that?
  • What is your federal loan eligibility?
  • Assuming you pay full tuition, how much will you have to take out in private loans?
  • How much will your monthly payments be post graduation?
  • Are your parents willing to help you pay back your loans?
  • Does the school offer academic scholarships?  Do you qualify?  Does the school offer talent scholarships?  Do you qualify for outside scholarships?
  • If your monthly bills will be more than $300-400, don’t audition.

#7 – Be overly prepared

  • Have at least ten 16 bar cuts, half up-tempo/half ballad
  • Know the entire song
  • Know the show, the character, the situation, and try to watch or read the show
  • Have a table of contents at the beginning of your book
  • Know the play your monologue is from
  • Know who you are talking to, what you want, what is in your way, and what you are doing to get what you want
  • If you take the monologue out of context, be able to also do it in context

#8 – Rehearse

  • Work with an accompanist who isn’t your regular accompanist
  • Do your monologue and songs in as many different rooms/situations as possible
  • Video tape your audition in case you get sick
  • Practice doing it different ways
  • Be prepared to take direction

#9 – Know yourself

  • What is your type?
  • Dress your type and pick songs and monologues that fit your type
  • Wear something you are comfortable in, that fits your rep, and is representative of the REAL you

#10 – Headshot/Resume

  • Organization is key
  • Don’t lie
  • List your accomplishments in the order of significance
  • We’re not interested in choral accomplishments or service accomplishments, keep it theatre related
  • Don’t list your address or weight
  • Your headshot must look like you
  • No senior portraits
  • It should fit your look/type
  • Look your age
  • Be you
  • Resume 1 page only!

The Day of the audition!

#11 – Be yourself

  • Don’t try to impress
  • Be a real person
  • Look the panel in the eyes when you talk to them
  • If they don’t like you, you don’t want to be there

#12 – We want you to be amazing

  • Most schools see 400-700 auditionees
  • You are nervous about getting in, we’re nervous about getting our ideal class
  • We want fun, interesting, intelligent people
  • When you walk in, we hope you are IT!

#13 – Own the audition

  • It starts from the minute you drive into town
  • This is your time to shine
  • Smile
  • Have fun

#14 – Ask questions

  • What do you do to help your students find work?
  • How many of your recent alumni are in a major city still pursuing professional theatre?
  • Where are your alumni currently working?
  • What is the alumni network like?
  • What is the strongest element of the program?
  • What performing opportunities are there in addition to the main stage shows?
  • Are there student projects?

#15 – Follow up

  • Write a thank you email – admissions, faculty, department head, etc.  Be specific.
  • Journal about it:  What did you wear?  What did you start with?  Did they ask for anything different?  Did they give you adjustments?  What were your 1st impressions?  What were your final impressions?  What did you love?  What did you hate?  What is the overall vibe?
  • If you get other offers, follow up with the schools you are still waiting to hear from
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