Auditions for The Young Canadians School of Performing Arts (TYC) are in full swing. To help you with your audition, we’ve compiled a list of audition tips from TYC members and instructors. Good luck to everyone this weekend!
Tips from members of The Young Canadians
1. It’s okay to be nervous. You need that adrenaline. Take that nervous energy and turn it into good energy.
2. Always be a little early. It’s very important to warm up properly, whether that means stretching or warming up your vocal cords.
3. For a dance audition, make sure to dress properly! It’s important to wear something that flatters you but doesn’t overshadow your dancing. Along with dressing properly, having the right dance shoes is essential.
4. Get plenty of rest the night before. It’s the best way to relax your body. Also pack snacks and a water bottle—your body will appreciate it.
5. Choose a song that suits your voice but don’t be afraid to experiment!
Tips for Dance from a TYC instructor
1. Let your personality and individual style shine through.
2. Show us your performance and confidence.
3. Ensure your body is stretched and warm heading into the audition.
4. Get ready to be quick on your feet and pick up combinations across the floor and in the centre promptly.
5. Relax, enjoy and show us your love of dance!
Tips for Vocal from a TYC instructor
1. Choose a song you are comfortable with and that showcases your talents.
Show us who you are, not who you think we want you to be. Personally, I always prefer to see something done really well, even if it is a “simpler” song choice, over a piece that is too difficult.
Take the time to prepare your piece so that when you enter the room you feel ready and can hopefully enjoy yourself. Auditions can be very intimidating, but it is also a chance to perform, so have fun. Practicing will help you to feel confident about what you are presenting. Warm up before you get there and run through your piece the day of the audition. This way you can review things and work out any last kinks. Drink water, not only the day of, but the day before.
3. Be kind.
Being kind and gracious to everyone you encounter during the audition process is important. If you have someone playing for you or helping set up your track, be nice to them, and say thank you. If you are using sheet music, put it in a binder (the pianist will appreciate it). Don’t only be nice to us when you are in the room, be nice the entire time you are there.
4. Be confident, even if you have to rehearse it.
You can take time to practice walking into the room, introducing yourself and announcing your selection. Enjoy yourself while you perform your piece, and show us your personality. You are not only showing us your voice, but also who you are, so find the confidence to let that show through.
5. Don’t forget that we are on your side.
Every time someone walks in the room, we are excited to hear them. We want them to do well and have a good experience. We take notes to help ourselves remember everyone, and though we may look serious, we are enjoying ourselves and engaged in you. We may ask you to try different things or test your range; this is not to throw you off or see you fail, we are simply trying to get to know you better. We want to see you do well, so think of us as an audience there to support you instead of a panel taking notes behind a table.
An additional tip….HAVE FUN!