Acing That Audition

Sheffield 10th March, 2020

Acing That Audition

So, you’ve got a big audition coming up. It may be for a place in a full-time Sheffield Performing Arts school, or to perform in a local production of Hairspray, either way, auditions can seem pretty scary. But they don’t need to be! Here are our top tips on how to leave that audition feeling like you did your best and more importantly, had a great time.

The Sheffield dance options are endless. From Ballet classes, Hip-Hop and Street to Latin and Ballroom dancing, there are plenty of options in Sheffield to turn your dancing feet to a new class, but in an audition, you may be taught a new routine on the day. The good news is, everybody there will be in the same boat as you, and the choreographer will know this! To ace a dance audition, follow our top tips:

  • Make sure you can see! – This may sound silly, but there maybe thirty people trying to learn the same routine as you and only one choreographer. If you’re one of the smaller people in the room, make sure you’re standing at the front. This may feel exposing, but everybody in the room will be focussed on learning the routine and you’ll be glad when you pick the routine up in one go!
  • Make sure you are dressed appropriately – Attending a dance audition in skinny jeans and flip-flops? You may look great, but what happens when the routine opens with a high kick? Always make sure you’re dressed ready to dance with the correct footwear. You want to be putting all your energy into acing those dance moves, not worried about ripping your favourite jeans!
  • Ask questions – Don’t be afraid to ask the choreographer questions! Can’t quite get a move? Ask for it to be repeated! The choreographer wants you to do well, and the rest of the auditionees will be grateful you asked.

Whether or not you have a singing teacher in Sheffield, you may be feeling nervous about the singing part of an audition. Whether singing solo or in a group, it can be nerve-wracking. Here are our top tips to sing away those nerves:

  • Learn your song! – If you’ve been asked to prepare a song in advance, make sure you can sing it backwards standing on one leg. Do you understand the intent of the song? Who wrote it? What is it about? The more you know about a song, the better you will be able to perform it.
  • Preparation – Preparation is key! Is there going to be a pianist there to accompany you, or a sound system? Have they asked you to bring sheet music, or a track on your phone? Make sure you ask these questions in advance so that you arrive prepared.
  • Stay hydrated – Whether you’re singing at the beginning of the audition day or at the end, chances are you’ll be dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water and keep a bottle with you, this sounds obvious, but in the hustle and bustle of an audition it can be easy to forget!
  • Focus on you – If you are learning a song on the day, the likelihood is that you’ll learn it together as a group. It’s easy to listen to other singers in the group and feel overwhelmed. You may think that somebody is a stronger singer than you are, and perhaps they are, but focus on you and sing to the best of your ability. It takes all sorts to sing a song!

You may have already been attending Sheffield acting classes prior to the audition, and whether you’re a seasoned pro at treading the boards or a brand-new budding thespian, don’t forget these tips:

  • Let us see you – Most acting auditions will involve a group acting workshop. This is your chance to show the audition panel your personality and what you can offer as a performer. Remember, the audition panel want you to do well and are always on your side.
  • Do your research – If you’ve been asked to prepare an acting piece in advance, make sure you’ve done your research. What play is the piece from? When was it written? What is the play about? The audition panel might want to chat to you about the piece, so make sure you’re ready.

Although auditions can be daunting, they can also be a lot of fun. At PQA Sheffield, we go above and beyond to make any auditions we hold fun and welcoming, to allow our students to show us what they are capable of. You might not land the leading role after an audition, but if you leave the day knowing that you did your best and have fun, then that audition should be counted as a success.