DETROIT – Whether you’re auditioning for a solo in the talent show or for the lead role in your school’s spring play, putting yourself out there can be scary. To help you feel confident and put-together, here are 4 tips for your next big audition:
- Practice, practice, practice—Broadway director Paul Christ from Musical Creations says it is crucial to rehearse in conditions similar to those of the audition. You should know your song or lines like the back of your hand so that you don’t go blank when it matters most.
- Avoid a sleepy audition—While it might be tempting to pull an all-nighter to practice the night before an audition, the emotional and physical fatigue of constant rehearsal means you need to get a lot of sleep to perform at maximum capacity. Noa Kageyama, Ph.D., from The Bulletproof Musician recommends sleeping 9-10 hours per night for a few weeks before the audition in order to reap the full benefits.
- Walk confidently into the room—Our brains make over 20 judgments about another person within only seconds of meeting them. By walking into your audition with confidence and poise, you are convincing others that you are relaxed and ready to own the stage. (Source: Ace Your Audition)
- Let your personality shine through—When the director asks you questions before your performance, don’t give one-word answers. Acting Coach Denise Simon from Backstage encourages performers to be personable and even ask questions in return to display passion and curiosity.
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