1: Choose a song
- MUSICAL THEATER selection or a TRADITIONAL CHILDREN'S song
- Something you already know well or can know very well in time for auditions
- In your range - not too high or too low
- Something that shows me your personality
- Try to avoid trendy or common songs; the first song that comes to your mind may not be the best song
2. Select the best minute
- I'm serious folks: 60 seconds. Impress me with your ability to give me what I'm asking for. I will be taking notes!
3: Get a minus* track (no singers!)
- There are accompaniment/karaoke/minus tracks available for TONS of songs on iTunes for only $.99 - I would check there first.
- For the tech savvy, you can often find and convert tracks from YouTube.
- Most smart phones can record audio. Get someone to play the piano and record an audio track that way!
- OR contact Andrea. For $3 (plus a blank CD and provided sheet music), I will record your minus track for you. (NOTE: I will only record your track; I will not help with audition preparation.)
4. Prepare your track
- If you found a pre-recorded track, you will probably have to do some work to make it one minute. Call your brother/uncle/neighbor or whoever it is you always go to when you need some technical help. I bet they know how to cut down your track. If not, there are free websites that can help with this.
- Put your track on CD or iPod. This is very important. I will only be prepared to play back from these two formats. I will not have the technology to support flash drives, cell phones, or other mp3 players.
- Test your CD or iPod. Make sure the song plays back the way you want
- If you think these auditions are just a formality, think again! I use the auditions as a chance to see how much you have grown in a year AND to see how committed you are to continued improvement. This is your chance to really impress me.
- Practice in front of friends. Get feedback. Find a local voice teacher and get a few pointers. Get all your nerves out before you get to me.
- Be memorized. Period. :)
6. Double-check your scheduled time
- Auditions and all sorts of other important dates are available here.
Remember, EYT auditions aren't scary, but they are important. If you haven't been preparing yet, you probably should be!
* "But, Andrea... you've always begged us to come prepared with sheet music! Why are you asking for a minus track?" I know, I know. But I try to keep my finger on the pulse of area theater, and a lot more companies are asking for minus tracks. Besides, we perform to minus tracks; your ability to stay with the track is important in the audition process.