Boy, have I ever been there. I've been in a few musicals and plays before, and I student-directed a few my junior and senior year of high school -- which meant judging auditions
All the advice I can really offer is this - be pleasant to the judges, but don't brown-nose. We got a lot of unbelievably rude people, most of whom didn't get parts because we knew that if they were rude at auditions, they'd be holy hell during practices. Having people who went in, gave us a pleasant smile, did their routine without freaking out about messing up, and left with a pleasant smile was so refreshing.
From a performer's point of view: Relax. You're human, the judges are human, the people you're going against are human.
Find a focal point on the wall above the judges table if you can't bring yourself to look at them.
Do your best, but more importantly, have fun.
And don't forget to breathe.
------------------ And there's nothing I can do, as I realize with fright, the spider-man is having me for dinner tonight!
Other than that, absolutely don't lock your knees (but then you probably already know that). And walk in there with alot of confidence, like you own the world and you know it. My favorite method of boosting my confidence and getting rid of nerves is to stand if front of my mirror at home and sing along to "Bitch". That just makes me feel rather powerful.
use all the advice given above!!! and i'd just like to add, that if you're dancing for the audition and you goof, don't make a face about it... just smile and pretend that it was supposed to be like that and keep going!! look like you're just having the best time in the world!! and if you're not dancing, with your audition song, add some movement and enthusiasm, lots of energy! and if you goof the song, same as above think and and act "it's supposed to be like that! i didn't goof!"
------------------ " Life move pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller
As a theater and acting geek, I can tell you right now about how awful auditions can be (like when I was trying out for the high school choir: I chose a pitch that was too high, ran out of air near the end of my song and couldn't take a breath, messed up my dance routine, and ran out crying.), but instead I'll give you some advice:
1. Be, or at least act, confident. 2. Try to ignore the people watching you. Act as though you're alone. Even go a little overboard! 3. Before you go onstage, take a deep breath, and try some relaxation exercises. Yoga is great (try that before you leave for the audition).
------------------ "Only in dreams We see what it means Reach out our hands Hold on to hers But when we wake It's all been erased And so it seems Only in dreams..." -Weezer
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Sweetie it's A O K! It takes mega guts to do what you did. I give you mad props for it. Two thumbs up!
I remember auditions for our musical,'Once On This Island,' awful. Just Awful. I went in there with confidence. Once I got on that stage I choked. I was able to sing but not like I should have. I was all extra soft singing. I was so mad at myself. Even thu I didn't make it, I shook it off, and now I know what to do next audition.
Remember this babycakes, just because you're name isn't on that cast list, it doesn't mean a thing! Hold you head high and pat yourself on the back. My fingers are crossed that your name is on it and break a leg!
Thanks CallMeBuffChick. That really makes me feel better. Sounds like exactly what i did. I know i could have done 10 times better. Oh well, there's always next year. And thanks for the support. *smiles*
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