GENERAL AUDITION TIPS
- Learn as much as you can about who and what you are auditioning for, and
adjust your audition materials appropriately.
- Be on time. Allow extra time to get there. No one minds if you are early,
but it sends the wrong message to be late.
- Bring everything you think you might or will need, which may include but is not limited
to dance gear & shoes, a change of shoes or clothes, extra headshots/resumes.
- Get some rest the night before the audition.
- If you are hungry before the audition, eat something light, and plan a bigger meal later.
- Always stay as healthy as you can, so you can go to any audition at any time.
- If you are asked to wait a while before you can go in, don't act bored. Use the time to
mentally rehearse your audition.
- Try to look well groomed and dress up a little. It shows you really care about this audition,
- Dress comfortably and appropriately, as you would dress for a job interview.
- Do NOT wear a costume of any kind.
Resume & Headshot
- Bring your current headshot and resume.
- Be sure the information on your resume is true and accurate and up to date.
- Your headshot should be recent, and should look like you.
- Always be very cooperative and very polite.
- Never argue with the director, and never hesitate when asked to do something by
- When your audition is over, say "thank you," swiftly gather your things and exit.
- Don't let it get you down if you are rejected. Just prepare, go, do your very best,
and then go to the next audition.
- Go to as many auditions as you can; each audition helps prepare you for the next one.
- Never give up.
Before you Audition
- Warm up your voice with lip trills, tongue trills, and then the rest of your warmup. If you need
to quietly warm up, use your cocktail straw and do slides.
- Don't waste time and energy socializing with the other auditions. Use what short time
is available to you to mentally rehearse your lyrics and your audition.
- If possible, familiarize yourself with the music and book of the show or with the style of the
band for which you are auditioning, so you will be more prepared for callbacks.
- Select a song appropriate to the situation.
- Know which song you are going to sing before you arrive. Don't change it at the audition.
- Have at least one ballad and one uptempo song prepared.
- Choose whichever songs in your repertoire that best show your voice and that you know
- Usually, it's better NOT to sing a song from the show for which you are auditioning; if they
call you back, they will usually have you sing a song from the show.
- While we are using digital music in my studio, the musical theatre world has not graduated to
the digital world. Have your paper music in a 3-ring binder which is easily readable.
- Most auditions will want to hear 16 bars of your song. If you are unclear what that means or
not sure what 16 bars to choose, see me.
- Know what key your song is in, even though you have the music.
- Know the composer of your song, and the show it is from (if it is from a show).
- Have a clean copy of the music you are performing with cuts clearly marked.
- Have your repertoire book with you, in case they want to hear something else too.
- Never have anything in your book you are unprepared to perform.
- If there is a page turn in your audition cut, make sure the audition music reads like a book,
with 2-sided pages. If possible, eliminate the page turn by having 2 open facing pages.
- The accompanist is crucial to your singing audition. Treat him/her with respect.
- Never expect the accompanist to transpose.
- Never expect the accompanist to read from a fake book or chord charts.
- Never assume the accompanist knows your music already.
- Don't allow the accompanist to lead you into a new tempo or style. He/she should follow
- At the piano, quietly go through the song with the accompanist before you sing. Softly sing
a few bars for him/her; he will gain tempo, and style from that.
- Point out any cuts, or changes that may not be obvious.
- Be very polite, and always thank the accompanist.
The Audition Performance
- It's okay to go first; they may remember you better!
- You may say something before you start, if you wish, such as "my name is..." or "I'll be
singing ...", unless you have been specifically instructed not to slate.
- Never apologize or give an excuse for anything.
- Fix your focus just slightly above the judges' heads; don't look them right in the eye.
- Don't wander around; plant your feet and take your time before singing; take a deep breath,
then nod and smile at the accompanist as a signal to begin.
- After you nod to the accompanist, don't look at him again if he makes a mistake. It looks
to the auditioners like you're shooting him a dirty look....and he probably is a friend of
- If you know of the musical/play for which the audition is being held, familiarize yourself with
the plot and characters before your audition.
-Don't waste time and energy socializing with the other auditionees. Use what time you have
to rehearse the script.
- Red simply and be open to suggestions offered by the dialogue.
- Pick a quality to play that is indicated to you by the action of the scene.
- If the director asks you to do it again differently, don't hesitate. Say "of course," and then do it
again with the director's changes.
- If they ask you to read for another part, do it with no argument or hesitation.
- It is okay to ask a question about your character, if you feel it will help you.
- Don't upstage anyone; be an ensemble player.
- Remember, the director is looking for people he can work with, who are cooperative, and
who take direction well. He is interested in presenting his version of the play, not yours.
IF YOU ARE OFFERED A PART, ACCEPT IT. DIRECTORS TAKE A DIM VIEW OF PEOPLE
WHO AUDITION AND THEN TURN DOWN THE PART. THEY THEN HAVE TO GO BACK AND
RECAST IT, AND THEY WILL REMEMBER YOU!!!