Thursday, August 29, 2013

I don't care whether you like it or not!!

Okay, that's a bit harsh, but to a certain extent that's what you have to do when you audition for someone.  It's a fine line - you want to pull the person hearing you in, just like with any audience member, but at the same time, you can't worry about whether or not they like it.

Of course, you are always walking this line when you sing.  However, when you sing for an audience, this is diffused across a larger number of people, so it is easier to imagine that the crowd is "pulling for you".  When you are just singing for just one or two people, it is easier to feel that "I'm being judged".

When you audition, you are, of course, being judged, but nevertheless, most of the time, those of us hearing you, want you to do well, so try to concentrate on that! That may help that audition feel like a performance, which in turn, will make it a better audition.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The thing is......

....that auditioning in some ways is the least natural thing you have to do as a performer.  Any time you perform, you are, at a certain level asking for acceptance.  But communication is what really comes to the forefront when you are out in front of an audience performing.
Conversely, when we audition, the need to be accepted tends to push to the front.
The problem with that, of course, is that most of us show our best side, when we really communicate with our music and our voices.
I think we all know people who audition very well.  I have quizzed the people I know like that over the years, and what they all seem to have in common is the ability to treat that audition like a performance.
There are various ways to achieve this, some of which include "tricking your brain".
I would like to explore some ways to do this over the next few posts.....