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5 Myths of the Audition Room

5 Myths of the Audition Room

Auditions can be a tense and nerve wracking experience for anyone. Sometimes the worst part of an audition can be when it’s over and you start to overanalyze! Before your next audition, check out our debunking of some common myths below:

  1. They stopped me before I finished my selection. They hate me.

You’ve spent months preparing the perfect cut for your college audition only to have the auditor stop you before you finished. This can feel crushing in the moment – but, truth is – they may have heard exactly what they needed to hear. Sometimes auditors spend more time with students who don’t immediately “wow” them or students who appear super nervous, so they can get a better feel if they are a good fit. Read more

Protecting your voice over the holiday weekend

Small brown dog singing into a black microphone

Since we have a holiday on our hands this weekend (hooray 4th of July!), we thought it’d be a good idea to remind you how to protect those vocal chords – so you can focus on watching fireworks instead of worrying about hurting your voice!

Here are some tips to maintain your vocal health:

1. Hydrate

We know we sound like a broken record. However, remember to hydrate! If you are not properly hydrated, your vocal folds can become irritated easily which will lead to swelling. For singers, it’s recommended that you drink room temperature water as ice cold water can make your muscles contract which leads to your vocal chords tensing up. Read more

So, tell me about yourself!

Interviewer: “So, tell me about yourself!”

You: “Ummm…well…”

Has this happened to you? Have you been asked the hardest question known to man? For some reason, answering this simple question sometimes proves to be the most difficult. How exactly can you sum up everything about yourself in one teeny tiny answer?

Before you head to campuses to scope out potential colleges and go on interviews (don’t forget to brush up on our blog post: 4 Great Questions for your College Tour Guide) be sure to come up with what we like to call your 30 Second Story. Whether you are a musician, actress or visual artist – you are ultimately your own business. You are the CEO of your own brand – so you better be able to describe it!

A 30 Second Story is a chance to reveal a bit about yourself and your passions in a concise and compelling manner. Here are some keys points you should be sure to hit:

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How One Extra Minute Can Make For Your Best Audition Ever

Here’s the scenario: You wait outside the audition room minutes away from being called through the door. You feel your nerves kicking into “overdrive” and your confidence slipping away. You know that you are prepared to do good work, but experience tells you that your nerves are likely to get in the way.

This is what you do: Give yourself one minute – one full minute – to engage your brain, your imagination, and your power of concentration to move yourself away from nervousness and into your dramatic circumstance. Living inside your story is a much more powerful, and fun, place to be than waiting in a crowded room for your name to be called. Read more

Choosing a Music School: 3 Things More Important than Distance

Two men holding guitars on a rooftop in New York City

Several years ago, Andrea Longato and Francesco Beccaro were both playing guitar in Italy. Andrea was studying engineering while taking private guitar lessons on the side, and Francesco was a full-time musician. They were, and still are, extremely passionate about their music but felt stuck. They needed to find the right training institution to move their careers forward. Several years later, these two Italians are good friends and successful, professional musicians in New York City. How did they do it? They didn’t let distance get in the way of choosing the best music school for them.

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A little motivation: Your art is important

The life of a performing artist is always busy: auditions, rehearsals, shows, more rehearsals, more auditions. But for the last year or so, you’ve had to deal with the extra stress of a college search. Somewhere in between all the normal activities you do to keep up with your art, you had to find time to visit colleges, apply to them, make audition videos, audition in person, and make a final decision on where you want to go.

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Don’t slow down yet: 3 Ways to Snag Extra Money for College

For everyone applying to college for the performing or visual arts, it probably seems like you’ve been working on it forever. Your college search most likely began over a year ago, and the process of building your resume and portfolio began even earlier. You’ve put in the work at summer intensives, camps, and festivals and you’ve spent countless hours perfecting and rehearsing your craft. You have every right to be exhausted and burnt out on the entire college application process. Read more

Your Successful Prescreen: Prep tips from Mary Anna Dennard

It’s officially October, which for you high school seniors out there means the college search and admissions process is in full swing. If you’re applying for a degree in music, theatre, or dance, there’s even more on your plate.  You will almost certainly have to do a live audition before you’re officially accepted into a program. You’ve no doubt thought about that already and have maybe even started preparing for it.

What you may not be as familiar with is the concept of a prescreen video. This is a recorded audition of sorts that some programs require as a prerequisite to a live audition. College reps and admissions counselors will review your prescreen video before inviting you to audition for a spot in their program. It’s kind of a big deal.

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What If You’re Not a Musical Prodigy?

09/12/13 by MajoringinMusic.com

Some students (and parents) assume that if you’re not a musical prodigy, you should major in something other than music. Nothing can be farther from the truth! In fact, there are actually benefits to not being a prodigy, so long as you’re someone who feels compelled to pursue music.

This post, from our friends at MajoringinMusic.com, explores this subject with three musicians, each of whom is working in a distinctly different field of music. Their insights are invaluable for students, parents, music teachers, college guidance counselors, and current music majors as well.

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Finding your place: Pursuing a career in the performing arts

It’s no secret: pursuing a career in the performing arts is hard work. Even those who’ve already “made it big” admit that it’s never been easy and they never stop working. If you’re an aspiring performing artist, you already know that, and you’re going to follow your dreams anyway. This is why artists are some of the bravest, most passionate people out there.

Whether you’re an actor, dancer, musician, or an awesome combination of the three, we want to help you find your place. Read more