5 Things to Expect on your Juilliard Drama Audition Day

5 Things to Expect on your Juilliard Drama Audition Day

First of all, we’ve had a great first week of auditions. Getting to meet and talk to talented people from all over the world is a never ending treat. This time of year for us current drama students is our Thanksgiving. We are thankful for the work you are eager to share, the stories you tell us, and the warmth and jolt of energy you bring into the building. Thank you!

Here’s a couple of things that I hope will help you if you are auditioning later this week:

5. An Early Start/Travel Time

People start arriving at 8:00am! Now the earliest bird doesn’t always get the worm, but they’re always relaxed and ready to go. So be sure, especially if you aren’t familiar with the city that you plan ahead for your travel! Know what trains to take and where to walk. Sometime trains have delays or traffic can get bad (especially with all of this snow) so plan ahead so you can arrive on time.

My dancer roommates and I on the subway

My dancer roommates and I on the subway

4. Hundreds of People

 When you finally make it to the waiting room you’ll realize that hundreds of people will be waiting with you. This can be intimidating to some so just know that you are not alone. Everyone is friendly and you are all going through the same thing. So strike up a conversation while you wait. You might see a familiar face or two, you never know who you could meet! 

I met some of my classmates on my audition day. This is us in our first year.

I met some of my classmates on my audition day. This is us in our first year.

3. Friendly Students Ready to Help

There will be currents students from all years helping out during the day. Seriously, we’re EVERYWHERE. There are students who will check you in, walk you to your audition room, wait with you outside your audition room, there’s even students who are just there to answer any question about school you may have. So take advantage of the opportunity and ask away. We’re there to make you feel comfortable so you can do your best work in the room. So reach out! And if you see me working say hello!

Noah and me working the first day of auditions this year (he’s a jokester).

Noah and me working the first day of auditions this year (he’s a jokester).

2. Waiting

Your actual audition will probably take around ten minutes but the day can be long. So until the callback list is posted in the afternoon (usually around 2:00pm) feel free to explore the neighborhood, grab a bite to eat, go talk to your loved one waiting for you in the lobby, read a book, listen to some music, call that friend you’ve been meaning to talk to for ages. Sitting around with nothing to do will make you even more nervous so be sure to be productive with the waiting time.

My best friend, and classmate Francesca and I being silly in London. This might be your face when you’re told to wait another fifteen minutes ;)

My best friend, and classmate Francesca and I being silly in London. This might be your face when you’re told to wait another fifteen minutes ;)

1.    An Unforgettable Day

You will have a pleasantly memorable day no matter what happens in the end. It takes a lot of courage to come and show your work to complete strangers so be sure to congratulate yourself. All the hard work and time spent will pay off. You will meet outstanding people and hopefully start some friendships that will last past that day. So take it all in!

This is me when I just finished my callback weekend.

This is me when I just finished my callback weekend.

We all go through the audition process so know you are not alone in how you’re feeling! Be yourself, and you’ll be great!

What do you do to prepare for an audition? Comment below!

-jlj

And thank you to everyone who stopped me to say hello last week. I didn’t realize so many people followed the blog! Thank you!

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