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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Introduction to Auditions

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[MUSIC]
Auditions are a fact of life for
many, many singers around the world.
The key to auditioning has to do with
eliminating and
knowing, of course, knowing how to
eliminate
the stress of an audition and how to have
fun with it.
It should be a growing experience, whether
you win or lose, you grow.
For many singers around the world,
auditions are simply a fact of life.
It's a way that we as singers find groups
to sing with, or
other singers to sing with, bands to sing
with.
Get into competitions.
All that good stuff.
So the key to auditioning is
learning how to eliminate the stress of it
and instead have fun.
You could think of, and
I encourage you to think, of auditions as
a growing experience.
Sometimes it's way better while putting in
the proper preparation
to go to an audition for the sole purpose
of enhancing your experience,
getting to know different aspects of
interacting with others,
other singers, judges, that kind of thing.
So especially in the beginning, if you're
going to go to an audition,
you make sure that you're prepared, which
I'll help you with.
And then, when you go, you know that
you're able to put your best foot forward.
And that's, just make it a learning
experience.
It's a lark.
It's a fun thing to do.
I'll also give you other tips on not only,
of course,
ways to prepare yourself but what to do
when you're actually at the audition.
And the best ways of using your time
there.
Here are some important elements to start
the whole process for us.
The first is knowing how to empower
yourself.
You know, you can go to an audition and
sort of give everyone else the power over
you.
Do they like you?
Do they want you to be in that group or as
part of the competition?
But you also have the right to make
decisions for yourself.
Do you like them?
Is this an audition that you really feel
is going to help your life, your career?
Do you like the people that are involved
in it?
You have to take a look at what your
priorities are.
What kind of music do you like to play?
Sing.
How do you want to express yourself?
Are there certain things in terms of
personality traits
that you like being around or prefer to
stay away from?
Quick story.
Some years ago, I was working with a
singer who was doing really, really well,
and she her voice was growing, and
at certain point, we both knew it was time
for her to find a group to sing with.
So she auditioned with a group, and I
didn't know who they were or
anything, it was a local group.
And she came back to her next lesson all
excited
that she had been chosen to be their
singer.
They began to rehearse, and the more they
rehearsed, the worse her voice got.
And then they began to perform, and she
became essentially an emotional mess,
and much of the vocal improvement we had
achieved seemed to disappear.
So I began troubleshooting and asking her
questions.
And there's wasn't really anything wrong
with her technique as it were.
And she could hear herself on stage, and
she, her mic technique was fine.
And I'm, I'm digging, and I'm digging.
And finally, I said, talk to me about the
people that you're singing with.
What's it like, what kind of interactions
do you have?
Well, her voice immediately started
trembling.
Tears sprang to her eyes, and she said,
they're a horrible group of people.
They all get stoned all the time, and then
they start treating me really bad,
and they sing all this really aggressive
music,
and it's about hating and anger and all
this.
And I'm like, wow, okay.
So, why are you singing?
What are you, what message do you want to
get across?
She's like, well, you know,
I went into all of this because I wanted
to do something positive in society.
And, and give people hope, and make them
feel good.
And I said, oh, well, that's pretty
interesting.
So, your basic goals, how do they match up
with the goals of these,
these people and this group and the music
that you're doing?
And she said, oh, my goodness, it's
totally opposite.
All of a sudden, she knew what to do, and
she empowered herself.
She quit the group, she auditioned for
a group that was about her purposes in
life, and
her voice immediately resumed all of the
progress that we had made and then some.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Who you interact with,
re, has a lot to do with
the quality of your life.
And, if you're coming into singing and
going to auditions in order to advance
your career and
allow you a format within which to express
yourself,
make sure that your choices match up with
your goals and
the things that are important to you.
That's how you empower yourself.
Now another thing is to do your research.
Now some of that, of course, reflects back
on what we just talked about.
Find out who the people are.
But, for example many of the televised big
co, voice competitions,
the reality shows, they're not just
televised competitions,
they're about some drama, you know, and
they, they
have a certain twist cuz they're looking
for a little bit of sensationalism.
And while it puts you in front of
potentially millions of people and can,
in fact, assist in launching someone's
career even if they don't make it as,
in the finals or as the final finalist.
[LAUGH] Still, there are elements to it
that you need to know about and
decide if it's okay with you to be part of
going to the first round, fine, just,
you know, to check it out, find out what's
going on, make it a learning experience.
But if you really want to pass through the
rounds in the hopes of,
of course in being in the final 12 or
whatever, make sure that the guidelines,
the rules, and the stipulations are ones
that are okay with you.
For example, if you needed to put your
life on hold for x number of weeks and
stay in a cloistered hotel room or, house
that was being rented,
and you weren't gonna be allowed to talk
to anybody, for that period of weeks
while you were in the final steps of the
audition, would that be okay with you?
Because some of the shows are like that.
Your research would have to do with
speaking, if,
to whoever is in charge, if it's a choir,
a chorus, a band musical theater, also,
anything that has to do with televised
competitions,
or any kind of audition that has a website
associated with it.
Take the time to read all the fine print.
Look for anything that they say.
And, for the, for the televised ones,
watch them.
See what happens.
Check out who the judges are,
how do they treat the fi, the people who
are in the finals.
Or you get, of course, to see lots of
YouTube footage on
past seasons, and who auditioned,
and how did they do it, and what do you
agree with and how do you like it?
This is all part of your research.
Additionally, you need to know how long do
you sing for.
We're gonna talk about that and the
different options that are the usual ones.
Be prepared.
If you really want to get that audition,
make it if you like what it's about,
if you, if you agree with the people, if
you agree with the fine print,
then make sure you're prepared, otherwise
if you're not and
you still decide to go, your goal needs to
align with that.
In other words, if you're not prepared and
you go to an audition, don't decide you're
gonna be the one who wins.
Who knows?
Maybe you will.
But if that's your major goal, and
you're not prepared, either don't go or
just go to have fun.
It removes a tremendous amount of stress,
and it basically is realistic,
because most often, only those who are
fully prepared,
and that means, in every vocal sense, and
they have the right song,
and they know how to sing it, and all that
stuff, all these different elements,
those are the ones who pass through the
early rounds and make it.
There's different levels of auditions and
different purposes for auditions.
Some are more advanced than others.
So part of your research is to assess
yourself,
where are you at in your development?
What's being sought for within the type of
audition you wanna go to?
Does it match up?
Do you need more preparation or
are you just gonna go to have a lark, and
have fun?
Always you should have fun, I hope.
But those are my opening messages to you.
And now we'll get into more of the nitty
gritty.
And development to be ready for your
auditions and competitions.
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