Audition Process

The audition process is one of the hardest things in the life of a performer. We practice, rehearse, sweat and cry over pieces of music and scenes for our 30 seconds to a minute to show a director that we are indeed the best fit for the show. But how can you truly see someones range in 32 bars? How do you see there pain, their joy and their excitement? If you are good enough, you get a call back, which in reality is just another audition because you didn’t get enough time to begin with to show the director you rock. So at this point you have had two auditions, slowly whittling down to a few.  Most of the time this is the audition that you put everything into. This is the audition that you cry, laugh, scream, beat your heart open for someone standing four feet away from you. You get this one shot, this one chance to put every thing out there.

After the call back, you wait. Sometimes days or weeks, but you wait. You bite your nails, can’t sleep, stare at your text book trying to study, but really you’re going over that last audition. Was is good enough? Did I give enough of myself? Was that line right? You do blow by blow, analyzing every moment of the call back. Hopefully, the director is nice and does final casting the next day, so you don’t have to wait to long.

But this process we have to go through every time we want to do a show. The waiting for those few moments we can blow the director away. Then wait again. Over my years in the theater I’m learning quiet quickly, that it constitutes practicing everyday for that minute you get in front of a director or competition judges.

Sometimes you get the part. Sometimes you don’t. But at the end of the day, as long as you’ve laid it all on the line, you know you have nothing to be ashamed of.

 

Just keep telling yourself that. 🙂

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And 6 months later . . .

Time fly’s. I know everyone knows that, but I honestly believe that as you age, time speeds up. It’s like some cosmic joke, you get older and the day’s get shorter. So much has happened in the last few months, I feel like I should just erase everything written before and start over. But I won’t.

My lesson’s with Barry have been AMAZING! I don’t think I can completely convey how happy I have been with my lessons. First, Barry is the first teacher I have had that pushes me to not just ‘rest on my laurels’ but to really push me. I had a conversation with his wife, who is also a great singer, expressing how much I enjoy Barry and how hard he pushes me, and she looked at me like I was a little crazy. “Are you sure you like it?” She asked and I laughed it off. Because I truly do like that he doesn’t let me coast like every other teacher has done since I started singing.

His background is in Opera and I’ve fallen in love with Opera. When I first started taking lessons, I really had a hard time because I was still so stuck on Musical Theater. It was a scary concept for me to move away from Musical Theater and to Opera because it was always something that us MT people didn’t understand. But Barry was very patient with me, inching me closer and closer to opera. And he succeeded in the end. I fell in love!

For my 24th birthday, my husband (the amazing, fantastic, wonderful sexy husband) took me to see Die Walkure by Wagner at the local cinema. The Metropolitan Opera does a Live in HD series where they broadcast the production to theater’s around the US. Very cool. But the performance was breath taking. Deborah Voight was phenomenal as Brunhilde! This was the first real full length Opera that I have seen, what an introduction!!! The final scene of the Opera is of Wotan and Brunhilde are saying their final goodbye’s and she is being laid to rest, I was sobbing. It was so emotional because I was imagining saying goodbye to my own father and how horrible that would be. I had never been touched like that through music before. I’m now totally hooked.

I’m watching a Met performance of Don Giovanni right now with my husband through Netflix. A whole slew of Met performances are on Netflix to check out and I’ve queued them all! We finished act one and are onto act two now. I keep going back and forth on whether or not I like it because the performances are great, but the character of Don Giovanni is such a jerk and I really want to smack him! I’ll see it through and let you know how I feel.