Aug. 28, 2012
-- Auditions are a nerve-racking process whether it’s the first time or the hundredth. With less than five minutes in which to make a great impression and show off a full repertoire of appropriate skills, the pressure can often get to people and those who are unprepared will undoubtedly crack. The best way to ensure that an audition goes to plan is to thoroughly prepare, whether it’s for an acting, singing or dancing role.
Preparing adequately for an audition can take weeks, or even months. If reciting a monologue, the key is to make it seem effortless; as though the character being presented would naturally recite these words. It mustn’t look contrived or artificial in any way, and the only way to achieve this authenticity is to be so familiar with the material that the words flow like second nature. It is also advised at many auditions to have numerous back-up monologues, of contrasting nature, with the same level of familiarity, so that the panel can see different elements of a candidate’s acting ability. Getting these monologues to the level at which auditionees feel comfortable enough to perform them to their highest ability takes dedication and most of all, practice.
A singing audition requires similar levels of rehearsal. Vocal cords, like the rest of the human body, have a sort of ‘muscle memory’, which means that the more a song is practiced, the easier it will be to sing. Most auditions only require a 16 or 32-bar segment to be sung, so ensuring that these small excerpts are perfectly practiced can help an audition go without a hitch.
It goes without saying that a dance audition will be easier if a dancer is on top of their game, physically. Most auditions will require that the candidates learn a short routine taught on the day, so the only preparation which can be done in this case is for the dancer to ensure that their body is conditioned and ready for whatever might be thrown at them, choreographically. Attending dance classes and generally keeping fit is the best way to prepare for an unknown dance section.
DramaClasses.biz is an online directory of drama schools and holiday workshops from all over the country, which can help to hone audition techniques in the weeks leading up to the big day. With singing, dancing, acting and a mixture of all three in some cases, it is easier for audition candidates to reach the top of their game and get much-needed practice in before their five-minute chance to show off their talents. With practice comes confidence, and with confidence comes the ability to really show an audition panel what you are made of.
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