Preparing for Your Audition!
As we get closer to the application deadline (December 1st!), you are going to have to start thinking about your live audition for the school. You still have so much time until your live auditions, but I want to get you thinking about the process of preparing for your audition.
In my experience, much of the work for your audition happens before your actual audition. The work you do to prepare mentally and physically in the weeks leading up to the big day are incredibly important. Take the time to reflect on and grow confident in what you have to offer as an artist and performer; don’t let the nerves of the audition or the thought of not being good enough get to you! Work on trusting yourself and your training that has led you to this point, and stay optimistic. Make sure to take care of yourself physically: eat well, get some sleep and don’t overdo it on the practice (dancers, this is for you!) so you don’t tire yourself out.
When choosing the repertoire or solos you want to present at the audition, take the time to really think about how you want to present yourself to the faculty. Choose a solo that plays to your strengths, but also one that you feel represents your voice and personality within the work. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, and don’t play it safe. Challenge yourself with repertory and put in the work to perfect it. Juilliard is looking for intelligent artists; people who will use their work to push boundaries and take risks. So start embodying that idea now! Regardless of the result, this will be something to be proud of after the audition is over.
Use the time leading up to the audition to gain some perspective. This is one of the most exciting times in your lives, and the opportunity to audition for an amazing school like Juilliard is awesome in and of itself. You are pursuing something you love, and your college audition is another opportunity for you to challenge yourself, reflect and learn more about yourself and what your goals are for the future. So don’t focus solely on the outcome of something in the time ahead. Focus on what you can do to better yourself and best prepare yourself right now, in the present moment.
So, keep this in mind as you begin your preparation for your live auditions, and make sure to check back in the next couple of weeks, because I’ll be sharing my best tips and tricks to help you ace your Juilliard audition on the day of!