Q&A: Audition Advice?

Hi Aly,
I’m Elizabeth and I’m 16. Next Saturday I am auditioning for a local theatre group for kids 8-18. Everyone gets a part in the play even if it is just the ensemble. This is my first time acting with a professional group and I am scared. My grandpa told me, “If you want to be a coach, you have to know how to play the game.” I want to be a theatre director. I have four years experience as a director and one as an actor (when I was 10). I was wondering if you could possibly help me pick an audition song. I watched your video but that seemed to be leaning more towards Broadway auditions. I only need one song. I am beyond terrified to sing in front of anyone because I have never sang before in front of anyone. I can honestly say that I am not the best singer. I cannot go very high at all.

Thank you so much,


Dear Elizabeth,

The audition song video lays out exactly what you need for your audition book. This isn’t just for broadway. This is for life. Even as a coach, like me, you should keep your book updated so that you have an example to teach from. Anyway, I really can’t help you pick a song unless I hear you sing. We need to know your range, voice type, and ability. I do offer voice lessons over Skype for $60 an hour. I can assign you a song in that lesson. That way I can hear you sing and we can figure out a song that fits you and what you want.
If you don’t want to do that, or can’t afford it, I recommend watching the audition song video, again, to help you pick your song. Start with what you sing now as a teen. Without any voice training, it is hard to really know what you do well or not. But you can pick a song that is similar to the music you sing in the car or in the shower.
I know this isn’t extremely helpful, but I can’t help you pick a song unless I hear you sing. I can critique one video for free if you have a video you’d like for me to hear, and then I can also maybe pick a song for you.

You can sign up for a voice lesson (or any kind of private lesson) Here.
Best of Luck, Elizabeth, on your audition.
Remember, they want you to do well, so just relax.


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