You just finished recording your prescreen video earlier that day and are uploading it to your computer. You filled out the last of the question fields on the application and check the clock. You still have 30 minutes to spare before the deadline expires. Feeling good, you take a second to review all your media one more time: headshot looks great, your resume is polished, prescreen video sounds…weird. You play it back just to make sure, but you still hear it: the faint sound of a car alarm in the background of your concerto. And there’s no time to re-record.
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.
It’s 6AM on a weekday, the sun is just beginning to break through the gray morning sky and already my local gym is full of energetic participants. Each one willing to work hard to be the best they can be, and start their day ready to take on the world. Like you, they are ambitious, hopeful about their future and ready to “bring it”. However, there is one difference. The gym members can choose to get off the treadmill, drop the weights and head for the showers whenever they have had enough. But, as a Thespian, the audition treadmill never stops. The choice to get off the treadmill comes only if you decide to throw in the towel. For good.
Before you jump right into creating your prescreen video, here are some tips on an often overlooked element: appearance. We’ll break down the basics for hair, makeup, and clothing. These details that can so often be overlooked can make all the difference in the world of music, theatre, and dance digital college auditions.
There’s no doubt about it, the college admissions process is overwhelming, especially if you’re pursuing performing arts. From your very first college interview to your in-person audition, it can be confusing and frustrating and totally awesome all at the same time. Here are some tips for mastering the prescreen video!