Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Audition Attire Refresher Course

Is your audition attire ruining your image?
I know we’ve all heard it a million times. How you represent yourself at an audition is often just as important as how you sing. While we all know this, every time I show up for an audition women are wearing attire that can either be described as scandalous or atrocious. Neither is the way to go. Since things will be gearing up again quickly on the audition circuit, perhaps it’s time for a little refresher course. Shall we?
  • Be Appropriate. How many times have you seen someone at an audition wearing something that’s too short, tight, or low cut? This isn’t a blind date, it’s a job interview. There is nothing wrong with style, but please make sure your cash and prizes are properly concealed. I can’t believe this would still be an issue, but my goodness is it ever!
  • Material. Does this dress require ironing? If ironing is a problem for you, perhaps try a different material such as jersey. Jersey is great because you can throw the dress in a corner for three weeks, pick it up, and it’s perfect! (Don’t ask me how I know this – I’ll deny anything you’ve heard.) Please, for the love of all that’s good and holy, don’t show up to an audition looking like you just crawled out of a box. That’s not how you want to represent your brand.
  • Trends. This is where the opera world can be a bit of a drag, but trendy is generally not for the audition room. Big patterns? Nope. Crazy shapes? Probably not. Avoid anything that’s going to distract from your voice. Think classic, elegant, and refined.
  • Shoes. Your shoes are just as important. Ask anyone who knows me – I love a good stiletto much, MUCH more than I should, but if it’s more than three inches it’s going to throw off the alignment of your entire body. This isn’t exactly conducive to the job you showed up to do.
It’s as simple as that! It's really about the singing anyway, right? That’s what I thought.