How do you get rid of your “audition jitters?”
What should you bring to an audition?
Milly: "You should bring a book with all of your songs contained in it and your headshot and resume."
Issie: "Your music book prepared with the music that you were going to be singing. Properly taped or down together so that you can easily get it out of your music books to hand to the pianist. Your headshot resume. Possibly a change of clothes or a different outfit if you feel like your outfit is not appropriate for that audition."
What should you wear to an audition?
Issie: "If it's a dance audition I normally wear a plain leotard tights and yoga pants over it so that I am comfortable and look professional. If it is a singing audition wear something very simple and want to color so they notice you and not your outfit."
Sophie: "You should bring a headband so you will not play with your hair, because if you play with your hair then you may not get the job."
How do you choose an audition song?
Sophie: "Oooh I love this question! So, see what song you really know well, and that's the one you should pick -- or if you have a great song that always gets you callbacks and roles, then use that."
Emerson: "If you are not told what to sing for an audition, I suggest researching the show you are auditioning for and sing a song in the style of that show. This will help the creative team see that you can most likely sing what’s in the show!"
Where do you find auditions?
Emerson: "I have been with my agency for a little over a year now, but before I ever had an agent or manager, I would find all my auditions through Backstage, Actors Access and through word of mouth. However, it is also great to submit and try and meet with agencies when trying to break into the business because they can guide you and really find the auditions that are just right for you. "
Before I got an agent and manager, my mother would look through ‘Backstage’ magazine, which has audition information in all parts of the country."
Madi Rae: "I find auditions from my agent. Agencies are great because they know what parts you are right for and they will never fail in making sure you are seen by people!"
What was the audition experience for your show like?
Issie: "I had to auditions for Annie. One audition one weekend and then the call back the next weekend. They had us sing tomorrow. So I didn't bring a song that I needed to prepare for."
Sophie: "Once was my first Broadway audition so I was so excited ! I sang my audition song, and they talked to me and asked me to dance, which was great because I love dancing. It was so fun. Then I got a callback which was so much fun again! And then I got it!"
What is your favorite part about auditioning?
Issie: "Getting to work with the different casting directors show directors and musicians."
Milly: "My favorite part is being really nervous and excited at the same time."
Sophie: "I get excited about all my auditions because I would love to get another Broadway show! Broadway shows are so much fun! You get to sing and dance for so many people so many times a week for so long!"
What tips do you have for aspiring Broadway stars?
Issie: "Keep working hard if they say no the first time keep trying. Don't give up because it's not because you're good enough it just because you're not right for that role. Keep trying."
Emerson: "Work hard. Very hard. And no matter what, always be yourself. Being you is enough. Don’t try to conform to what others want you to be, or what you “think” you should be in order to succeed in this business."