I received a lot of traffic and interest from my audition on my post about my audition experience for the very first season of Mark Burnett’s production “The Voice”. You can read it here http://blog.libbylavella.com/2011/02/04/audition-the-voice-mark-burnett/. And, now that the next round of auditions are scheduled I’ve been receiving new questions. I am going to address the crux of all of these inquiries here.
I received an email today from Darlene Davis. Darlene is concerned she is not original enough and that she should perhaps consider singing something more well known. Also, Darlene is worried that 6 weeks is not enough time to prepare. These are all valid concerns and I understand them, however these are things that are out of ones control. 1) You are who you are, and if you attempt to be anyone other than who you are, even if you make it through to the next round of auditions, it’ll be hard to sustain a disingenuous persona for the length of the show and it most likely won’t get you very far. Better to be who you are 100% than be willing to bend to whatever you think will “get you noticed”, because that never works. Never. 2) The audition is in 6 weeks. Can’t be changed. So, all you can do is prepare. Sing the songs that you know you feel comfortable singing and that show off your voice as best as possible. Account for things like nerves and distractions and sing something that is easier for you rather than harder. Trust your instincts and go with “yourself”.
I also got an email from Jessy, asking if she could bring her husband. As far as I know, you can have someone with you in line, but once you go through to the audition room you will be asked to go alone. However, my advice here is to go alone anyway.
Hope this is helpful. There is obviously a lot of anxiety surrounding auditions and I am 100% sympathetic to this. I’ll be creating a little post about auditioning and helpful tips to prepare and get through it.
Good luck and may the 4ths be with you.