Auditions

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,
Elizabeth

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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.
Sincerely,
Aly

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