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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: How to Gauge if You’re Ready for Your Audition

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[MUSIC]
So you've been practicing your songs,
you've done your research, you've found
out
how many songs you're going to need to
audition with.
You've found the songs, you've been
practicing them in the key that's best for
your song and your range.
You've been working on your entrances,
memorizing lyrics,
how do you know if you're actually ready
for your audition?
You need to be able to sing that song with
no attention on memo,
the lyrics, the melody, your,
your ease in executing the range, the
dynamics.
And to be able to do it without getting
nervous.
Now that seems like a tall order possibly,
and it can be.
But dealing with nerves would be a really
important step in knowing how to
accomplish, so here's a few things.
If you're singing your song.
At any time, performance, audition,
competition for your family, at a karaoke
club, doesn't matter.
If you're singing your song for
the purpose of approval, I will guarantee
you, you will get nervous.
Singing a song is not about you.
Hear me out.
Singing a song is about communicating
something to another person.
As the singer, you're the communicator.
Not the receiver, you're the giver.
The audience, be it one person or more,
are the receivers of your communication.
They're there to receive.
Normally, listeners aren't there to judge
you.
Listeners are there in the hopes
that they will have an experience as a
result of you singing.
That's what people want.
That's why people go to concerts, go to
clubs.
They're there to be taken out of the
context of their lives for
however many minutes that show is going to
be.
Just like going to the movie.
And they want to be transported somewhere
else,
to have a different experience that is
brought on by you.
This is one of the reasons why it's so
important for
you to understand each song that you're
singing
enough that you've actually taken it into
your own skin, so to speak.
And have really adopted it as your message
and you,
you know what you want to say with, within
the context of those words and melody.
As long as you keep your focus channeled
to
the audience and not on yourself, your
nerves will calm.
And in preparing for an audition, while
you're even sitting there,
before you go in, put your attention on
that.
What are you gonna say with this song?
What do you wanna give those who are
listening to you?
Usually, a person will begin judging a
singer when
they have broken that unspoken contract.
And you might not even realize that
there's this unspoken contract
that has to do with who you are and who
the audience is,
which I just outlined but we can take a
look at it truly as an unspoken contract.
Which is that you give something to the,
to the audience,
the receiver, and they receive it and go
places that you lead them as the singer.
Way of practicing it would be first
standing in your room,
and choose an object, whatever object.
Just choose an object that you feel
friendly towards,
you like, you like looking at it.
Be it a lamp, a couch a pillow, a book on
a book shelf, doesn't matter.
And then, practice saying your, your
lines, like an actor.
The lyrics of the words to that object
like you really wanna say it to,
to this object.
But the object you want to transform into
a personality,
like it's a sentient being that's
receiving and understanding.
And, and, and wants to hear what you have
to say, and you're saying it.
And you, gets you out of the sing songy
aspects of it like
you are the sunshine of my life.
You know, you are the sunshine of my life.
You have to mean it to the person you're
singing it to.
So sing it that way to the object first,
because it's safer.
And then after you've talked the lyrics
that way, sing it that way, and mean it.
You've got to practice these things.
They don't just boom, you can do it.
You practice it.
And it's a step-by-step approach.
Then maybe get a few of your friends who
are really supportive, not critical.
Or family members or whatever and
just bring a few of them and practice
singing your audition songs to them.
So you kind of add a few people, you see.
And you do it over and over again until
they let you know and
you can, you'll always feel it, that
you're really bringing it to them.
You're really delivering the song and you
mean the song.
And that doesn't mean that you have to
expose your dirty laundry and
like the more torture that you feel in the
context of singing the song,
the realer it is.
It's not about what you feel, it's about
getting the feeling to them.
And getting them to feel it.
That's what it's about.
It channels outward from you.
It doesn't get bottled up in you.
It could, and that can be kind of
devastating emotionally.
But keep that channel.
Understand that that's what you're working
on.
And as you are able to perform whatever
songs you're working on.
For your audition in such a way as to
engage the listener.
Then you're ready.
[MUSIC]