After the audition

 

3.1 Next rounds

  • When the first audition went well, there can be other rounds. For schools 2 or 3 rounds are normal. With a production there could be one more round, but also several others. There are examples of people doing 12 rounds, and still they didn’t get the job because of length or type. For a jury, a production sometimes is a puzzle to get the right chorus or principals.
  • For the second round you don’t have to learn new songs, unless they tell you to. Don’t change them because you think you will be otherwise boring. Apparently you made a good impression with those songs. Often the jury forgets what you sang in the first round, or they remember you by it.
  • If they ask you to learn a certain new song, you will obey. Even it’s not the best choice for you (not you’re type of voice). Just learn it as good as you can, and try it. If they give you a specific song, they have a plan.
  • If you can’t come to a next round (or you don’t want to), thank the jury or organisation for their time. You can mention why you won’t come to the audition (if it makes a good impression). Correctness and politeness are appreciated.

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3.2 Other auditions

  • If an audition is blown, it doesn’t mean the next one will go wrong too, or that you don’t have talent. Just think of what went wrong or try to get feedback so you won’t make the same mistakes again. It may also be that you had a bad day. One show may suit you more than the other. Learn; you’re never too old for that.
  • You can only be put on a “blacklist” if you insult people or lie. Or you were a pain in the ass in a former production.
  • Sometimes you have a feeling your audition didn’t went well or the production was not your cup of tea. However, the director may keep his thoughts on you for another show. So, not everything is wasted after a bad audition.

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3.3 Rejection

  • A rejection is not the end of the world. You didn’t fit in the plan of the director, or you just weren't the type. Or you still have to learn a few things. Just continue. There are many other shows or educations. And maybe it was bad luck.
  • Rejection doesn’t say that you don’t have talent or you are a bad person.
  • Don’t forget: “Doing auditions is part of the job”. Try to like it, so you won’t get frustrated. Try to see it as a game. As we say in Holland: ”a necessary evil”.
  • If you want feedback you can call the production or school. This can be instructive, but respect what they want/say. Of course “they are wrong”, but everybody makes mistakes. Learn, stay friendly and go on.
  • Sometimes you did a fantastic audition and you had a great time with the jury; still they have rejected you because you’re not the type. It happens, but mostly those are the sweetest memories.

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3.4 Typecasting

  • At the moment, there are many shows and there are many performers on a high level. Because there are so many actors on an audition, the jury can pick the right types for the show out of all the auditioners. That won’t say they are the best. The jury hopes that that person actually can perform and otherwise he is coached to a certain level. Sales figures and reputation come often before skill. This can be frustrating, but if you work hard, there will be a show for you. People who are chosen because of “well known from television” are not always happy with such mark. Sometimes they get a nice part, but often one that they cannot cope with in terms of voice or play. They can see the bad reviews at the horizon, but are also reluctant to refuse and get out-of-sight. In auditions for educations there is not really a thing like typecasting. But there are some “rules”: they will pick people who can be trained in a short time, and who have much chance on a job. So watch you’re figure and health. Your body is you’re instrument. Make yourself “employable”

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Chapter 2 - During the audition

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