Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Audition Season Checklist

By Stacy Dove
It’s that time of year. YAP Tracker is humming with audition announcements and deadlines are approaching much more quickly than anyone is comfortable with. Soon audition season will be upon us in all its glory. Are you ready?
It’s time to get organized so you can have everything in place once it’s time to hit the ground running. Consider this your checklist of everything you need to get ready for the best audition season ever!
  • Materials. Let’s get everything in order. Update your resume and bio. Do you need new headshots? Now is definitely the time. Make sure all of your paperwork is prepared so you can have it at the ready!
  • References. I know that this goes without saying, but please make sure you ask your references for permission before listing them as such on any applications. I’ve heard terrible horror stories of singers never asking for permission from references they list (who, consequently, give them horrible recommendations). Make sure you cover your bases on this one.
  • Repertoire. Has your repertoire changed in the past year? It’s time to update your binder. Make sure you have clean copies with cuts CLEARLY marked at the ready. Auditions can be scary enough without wondering if the pianist will be able to follow along with your poorly copied or marked music. Make sure you have everything as easy to read and access as possible. Which leads me to my next point…
  • Recordings. Our favorite time of year!! If you don’t have fresh recordings for your applications you still have time. Your voice has improved and grown over the last year. You may even be singing new rep. Take the time now to make recordings that will represent you in your best light. It’s the best investment you can make in your career.
  • Your best positive attitude. Audition season is hard. Give yourself space to send as much positivity to yourself as you possibly can. Your attitude will make the biggest difference of all!

Once you have these things in place, you’ll be well on your way to being ready for your best audition season ever. Do you have anything to add to this list? We would love to hear from you!

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