It's that time of year, already... Audition season for of all your favorite, talent-seeking television shows! If you're one of this year's hopefuls, here is some helpful advice on getting noticed and how to make it to the next round.
1) First, and most importantly, it is important to remember the people you are auditioning for are casting a television show and it istheir job to cast the show with a talented ensemble of familiar (but fresh) characters. But you can make the casting director's job easier by defining who you are as an artist and understanding that identity early on.
Ask yourself, "Are you the sensitive, indie musician, the pop darling, the rocker, the country cutie, or the R&B diva?" Choose a song which best captures the essence of whoyou are as an artist. Keep your selection current and recognizable or (better yet) offer a fresh approach to an old favorite! But whatever you do, dress the part. Act the part. And most importantly, BE the part.Play up those strengths and characteristics that make you uniquely you!! Impostors will be moved to the end of the line.
2) You only a few seconds in what is a very, long day for the casting director to make a favorable impression.So make your time count! Although cutting your song down to a typical verse and a chorus length may feel like torture, it is a necessary evil. But if you do it well, you can pack a powerful punch in those 32 bars. Here are just a few things to keep in mind...
a) Show off your best vocal attributes and do it quickly!
b) Move the song along at a swift pace but never sound as if you are in a race keeping in mind anypause gives the adjudicator a chance to politely cut you off. Try rushing the entrances. After all, the accompaniment you'repausing for is only playing in your head!
c) Give your song a strong ending. Add a tag, Slow it down. Or opt for a higher pitch. Butdosomething that signals your time is quickly coming to a close demonstrating you're a seasoned artist who is prepared and cares enough to give the very, best musical experience in whatever time allotted!
3) Don't just dial-in a performance. Hone in on your delivery exploiting every emotion and pushing every envelope. Make it obvious to the listener what you're doing is intentional. 'Go big or go home' as they say; leaving it all on theaudition floor thus keeping your listeners just where you want 'em... on the edge of their seats begging for more!
So you got a call back.. now what? Go unplugged. Rev' it up a little. Or show a more sensitive, sophisticated side. Whatever it is, stay true to the home-base you established early on as an artist. In other words, don't become Kelly Clarkson when you introduced them to Kellie Pickler!? By introducing a new dimension of artistry with each additional song, you keep the adjudicator intrigued and coming back for more. They already like you... so why not give them a reason to love you!?