There is something about musical auditions that make them seem more popular than others. It is very unlikely like that young performers can get through school without getting a shot at some part of a musical. Shakespeare is music, song and dance. New multimedia groups such as the Blue Man Group incorporate music, mime and audience interaction.
Even if you believe that you have no singing talent, during some point of your career as a performer, you will undoubtedly be involved with music in some form.
Music brings a unique energy to performing, and the singing audition may often require a different process to master. Probably more, new young performers are getting into music, because of the wealth of opportunities that exist or are being created for singers. If you can sing, you may have an edge on landing some work in the entertainment field.
As a singer there are some abilities required.
- The ability to carry a tune, both rhythmically and tonally
- A clear strong voice
- The ability to project feeling, belief and meaning from the lyrics.
In order to ace the singing auditions, it must be approached with the right attitude, you must be up to the challenge and almost all your abilities are going to be needed. Singing auditions may be more challenging because they make you feel very isolated on stage. Often there is not much accompaniment and you are asked to perform a cappella. Singing cannot be faked, and it is very easy to recognize whether you can or cannot sing.
The first thing, you need to keep in mind in the auditions, is that your presence must be outer-directed, off the stage, because the emotions must be shared. Your are not singing to yourself, but storytelling to your audience.
Perhaps the most important criteria is to select your audition material very carefully. It should be chosen to showcase your singing voice. Most singing auditions will not need an entire song, but approximately 16 bars, so in order to perform your best you should select something within your emotional and dramatic range, as well as your age. The selection should be challenging enough to promise that you can do even more when presented with different material. You should also be deliver with belief.
- If possible, for highly competitive and serious auditions, always bring your own accompanist.
- Before the audition, take care of your voice.
- Never sing to the auditors
- If using pre-recorded music for accompaniment, ensure that it is properly cued and volume set to a comfortable level to avoid any distractions.
- Change your visual focus, only when it is called for by the lyrics, and keep gestures and movements to a minimum.
- Believe in what you are singing, and express each line completely before moving on to the next.
With the correct attitude and proper preparation, you can dramatically increase your chances of landing a coveted role or singing performance.