Because of the success of “American Idol”, there are many spin offs, and many “Rock Star” type audition opportunities. "The Voice" has become one of the best singer tutorials available.
Getting seen on one of these shows really builds your following. It is a gold mine. Even the runners up get to do a tour with the winners after the show has aired.
When you line up to audition remember, all the competitions have scouts out looking at the lines outside way before you are actually on the hot spot.
Even if you don’t make the cut, there may be a powerful manager there with a client. He may see you and go crazy for you if you show off what you can do!
You will never know if the person hovering around you is an important "undercover' person for the competition or just another applicant.
At all times, you must represent yourself as a star. Even in the line, sleeping on the street, represent yourself. Dress like a star, act like a star. Don’t save your good clothes and makeup till you get “in there”. If you do you may never get in there. You need to own it!
This is not the place to be cranky or selfish.
Do not look down at your competition, this means acting as a true star and being the catalyst for the rest of the group. Make friends with everyone! Give them support and encouragement, they will pay you back!
Never be snarky or complain. I know casting directors who purposefully put the applicants into obnoxious situations to see if they will be easy or hard to work with. They will do this before you even go in to your audition.
It is common practice to record video of the lines and the waiting rooms. They want to know whom you really are when you think no one is watching!
If you have to wait in line all night, perform! Get groups of other actors to perform with you. Be the instigator. Have fun!
If someone asks you to sing, sing! Don’t hesitate! You never know why they are asking or who may be watching from afar in a dark room on a video screen.
Adrianne Leon was kicked out of American Idol® because she was too young. But when she was warming up Randy Jackson was standing right next to her listening the whole time.
She didn’t know who he was at the time. She could have reached out and touched him. If she had not been too young, I know she would have made the cut. Her handicap was she was twelve and looked eighteen. Yes 12!
At one point Randy asked her if she knew any covers. She was going to sing an original song for her audition. Though she knew every cover on earth, she looked up at him and said no, thinking I wanted her to sing the original song.
That was a bad mistake. original songs are much more expensive to get the rights for. That's why on the competiton shows, most often the performers will sing covers.
We should have had Adrianne sing a cover of one of the judges.
We all knew she was going to get kicked out for her age at some point. She did an academy award winning crying scene when it happened.
Don’t pick an obscure song. Research your judges; find out what music they like. Find a song they had a hit with. Pick something that went high on the charts, and they may have been involved in. You can find this out by searching their name on www.allmusic.com if they are in music. If they are in film, or do soundtracks, search their credits on IMDB.
Pick something that will really bring the energy up in the room and make people feel good.
FRONT LOAD YOUR AUDITION
Remember you may have only four bars, DON’T save the “Money notes”. Hit them in the intro. Let the judges know immediately you are a contender!
No slow builds that bore the judges. They have a lot on their plate, they want to know immediately whether you have it or not. Give it to them immediately and don’t be surprised if they let you go immediately.
You’ve given them what they need. Even though they may let you go quick they may call you back!
You’ve blown them away, and you’ve done them a favor. You haven’t sucked up their time!
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