Auditions can be psychologically hard on singers and sometimes super draining. This is why going into any audition you have to make a strong commitment to yourself to not take the audition outcome personally. Easier said than done, I get it.
There could be a whole list of reasons why you may or may not get a call back, or why you didn’t make the cut. It’s all very subjective.
So you can’t really control the outcome, but you CAN control the process leading up to the audition. So let's get specific on what you CAN control:
- Consistent regular training with a qualified voice coach or teacher. Yes you do have to invest in this if you want to make singing and performing a career choice or even a hobby. I don’t know of any athlete who doesn’t have a coach, do you? There may be times where you're not taking singing lessons, but at least you have your lesson recordings to refer back to.
- Regular practice 3-4 times per week (don’t over-practice and don’t under-practice) this should include vocal technique, as well working the challenging sections of your songs. What vowels are present? Is there any muscle ‘compensation’ going on? When you get closer to audition day, do a pseudo ‘dress rehearsal.’ Ideally this should be happening several weeks or months in advance of a potential audition.
- Song selection - did you choose the right songs for the part you're going for? Do they showcase your range? If it’s a musical theatre audition, does the song showcase your acting. (consult with your teacher on song selection and have several options to choose from and then narrow it down) Building a playlist of contrasting styles to choose from over the course of a year or two can be super helpful.
- Vocal health strategy - hydration, SOVT work, voice maintenance, consistent sleep, minimizing vocal load, stress management etc. Take good care of your instrument, especially in the days and weeks leading up to your audition, as this will help you perform optimally.
- Your mindset going into the audition: Are you feeling ready and optimistic? If not, have you voiced your concerns with someone? What outcome do you want? Visualize what you’d want and set your intentions ahead of time. This can change your confidence going into the audition.
- Performance prep - nerves management - maybe you need a workshop on how to deal with stage fright, maybe you need more practice singing in front of an audition panel. The more practice you get performing in front of others, the more you get used to feeling the fear and doing it anyway.
If you’ve checked the box for each of the things you CAN control going into the audition, then the rest is up to the audition itself - this includes the audition panel, what they’re looking for etc. So focus on your prep and let go of the rest!