AUDITION ANXIETY: ARE NERVES GETTING THE BEST OF YOU?

In response to my email asking what you would like me to address in my blog, audition anxiety was one of the top requests. I hope this blog article helps put your mind at ease when it comes to auditions. Renee

Until your name becomes a household word, auditions will be an unavoidable reality. Yes, auditions can be brutal. They can also be career-making or career-breaking. To many singers, the word “audition” sounds an awful lot like “root canal.”

Choose to sing songs that you are completely comfortable with, songs that fit you like an old pair of gloves. Many of my students choose to audition with the songs they’ve learned just recently. This is a mistake. You have enough to worry about without throwing memorization into the mix.

To combat anxiety, I repeat my mother’s mantra: “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” Well, that’s an easy choice. I want to be in the kitchen where all the action is! Keeping your end goal in mind puts things in perspective; I was a competitor in a business that’s tough on competitors, and if I wanted to stay in the game, I had to cowboy up and make my nerves work for and not against me.

Don’t take the outcome of auditions too seriously. Savvy singers know that many, many factors influence the outcome of all singers’ auditions. And it may have little or nothing to do with you and your skills.

If you do not win, or are not chosen, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a good singer. It simply means you weren’t the singer they were looking for. If you were, they would have immediately moved you forward to the next round or hired you.

However, if you do win the contest or get the gig, it doesn’t mean you’re the Next Big Thing; it simply means you were what they happened to be looking for that day. It’s simple, you either fit their profile or you don’t.

Not winning doesn’t mean you are a loser. If you remember that, it will take some of the pressure off. Go out, do your best, and have fun; just another day at the beach.


I’m always interested in what you think. So please leave a comment below.
2017-12-04T15:55:42+00:00 March 9th, 2016|

2 Comments

  1. Jen August 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Good advice to sing what you know! I try to remember my life doesn’t depend on winning and think of all the good I already have done. When I’m not so focused on the win or loss, it calms me.

    • Renee Grant-Williams August 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Thank Jen, I agree, it’s not about winning when it comes to music, it’s enjoying the ride; it’s all about the music. Just go out there and have fun. Renee

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