It really isn't.
Many of us, when we look back at things we did in our studies, in the business, when we didn't know what we do now, CRINGE at how we handled things.
It happens to ALL of us.
However, it doesn't mean you cannot be as prepared as possible and when you know better, you do better.
Let's talk auditions, shall we?
In music theatre, things are a little slower now for holiday season and will ramp up again soon enough.
In opera, deadlines are coming for summer program applications, many YAPs and general auditions are happening now.
What are YOU doing?
Here's just a quick check list to see if you are ready to truly be taken seriously for whatever you are focusing on.
1. Are you studying?
This doesn't mean once in a while, or calling a teacher or a coach for a "quick fix" the day before or the week prior to an audition. This means, are you studying regularly? Figuring out what that means for you is CRUCIAL for you!
2. Are you ready to audition for what you are want to be seen for?
Do you know the business landscape you are entering? Do you know what is required? Are you accessing that fully enough in your current development to be seen as a viable candidate?
3. Are you taking workshops about the business of show? Do you take advantage of blogs, webinars, online skype sessions, and in person workshops to get to know what the business of show is really about?
4. Do you have a team around you that can give you TRUTH about where you are in your current development to help you with recognizing the mine fields, what to avoid, where to be seen?
5. Are you doing regular research about casting directors, opera companies, conductors, directors, agents, regional theatre companies, summer stock and the like, in order to recognize the people who are in the position to hear you and hire you?
6. Are you working on the "other" aspects of your craft - not just singing - like acting, audition protocol, dancing and/or moving well?
7. How is your online presence? Are you up-to-date with your website? Are you visible professionally on social media? Are you on audition sites for submissions?
8. Do you know how to prepare for the actual AUDITION with repertoire, presentation, what you wear, how you approach things?
9. Are you overwhelmed yet?????
That last one was supposed to make you laugh.
It CAN be overwhelming. It doesn't have to be. Breaking things down for yourself will help you figure out where you are, show you were you might need a little more time, a little more attention, and help you organize what can be an overwhelming process.
There is no reason to feign ignorance anymore. It often is used as a stress management tactic, but it never really fools anybody. The only person it might fool, is you.
If you commit to your process, you will find what you need in order to access what you are ready for NOW.
NOW is all we have. Use it wisely. Don't wish, just get it done. One step at a time.
Theatre isn't going anywhere. When YOU are ready to be seen and heard, it will be there.
Don't panic, don't whine. Don't claim ignorance in this day & age. Find what you need; if you don't know what you need, ask for some guidance! Many of us are here to help you get on the right path for YOU.
During this upcoming holiday season, take stock, be real with yourself, begin to discover more about yourself and prepare to step securely into your NEW YEAR as you pursue this crazy, wild and wonderful business, called show!
Susan Eichhorn Young covers all things voice—strong and sophisticated singing and speaking.
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