Summer is here!!! Well maybe not officially, but with the 90+ degree weather its close enough. Do you have a plan for this summer? If you’re getting ready to hit the audition circuit this fall, its time to start thinking about all the details. Where are you applying? What are the requirements? Do you need to prepare a video pre-screening? Do you have the perfect rep picked out? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, its time to get to work!
The average person sleeps 8 hours a day. That leaves you another 16 hours to have fun, work, eat, and prepare. If you set aside just 1 hour a day to focus on your college auditions, at the end of 10 weeks, you will have logged 70 hours of prep time. The best way to do this is to set a daily schedule with weekly priorities and then get to work. Bouncing back and forth between performance and logistical aspects can help make break things up. Here is a sample plan:
Week 1: Solidify What You’re Selling
Start with these two blog posts: Picking the Perfect Audition Rep and Understanding Your Type
Week 2: Conservatory or Liberal Arts?
Read this article and start exploring the liberal arts and conservatory programs within your region. Also take a look outside of your region if that is an option for you.
Week 3: Look For New Songs to Add to your Book
Check out these posts on finding age appropriate songs
950 Roles for Performers age 16-30
Week 4: Learn about the $ side of all of this!
Read up on Understanding Your Finances: 101, 102, 103, and 104
Week 5: Look into Headshots
If you don’t have headshots yet, its time to start looking around for a photographer. If you already have headshots, are they appropriate?
Week 6: Learn about the types of training available
Meisner, Stanislavsky, Method: Understanding who you are auditioning for
Community Theatre vs. College/The Real World
Week 7: Research the Schools
Start Here and begin to narrow down your list
Week 8: Make sure your rep isn’t overdone
Week 9: Review all of your options
Vocal Performance; Vocal Performance part 2; Vocal Performance part 3; Music Education; Commercial Music
Week 10: Put it Together
Write your resume, cover letter, essay, pre-screening video, and start researching the deadlines of schools you are applying to.
AND……review the Audition Do’s and Do Nots
Keep your eyes on the goal and enjoy the process – this is just the beginning 🙂