What to Do on Your Audition Day
My audition day was a lot like everyone else’s: it was long, it was scary, and it was stressful. It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the intimidating talent that surrounds Juilliard, but try to remind yourself that it’s such a privilege to even be auditioning for this institution! Everyone talks about what you should and shouldn’t do while you are auditioning, but there’s a lot of thought that you’ll have to put in for everything else that happens surrounding those ten or so minutes. In preparation for a long but exciting day, here’s what you should keep in mind on the day of your audition.
Check your audition requirements one!! last!! time!!!!! Make sure you have all your music with you, and also be prepared to have different repertoire prepared for each audition round (if, depending on your instrument, you have to go through more than one round).
Eat!! It’s the last thing I wanted to do but the first thing my body forced me to do.
Don’t overplay; you’ve worked this hard to get here, so have faith in your preparations. Frantic last-minute practicing only stresses me out and makes me more likely to panic during auditions.
Talk to people. Maybe you already recognize some people from past summer festivals or competitions--say hi to them! It can feel like everyone is your enemy when you’re all auditioning for the same spot, but it’s also so much easier to make friendly conversation than it is to sit in a corner and loathe everyone from afar. Plus nothing beats reuniting with old friends!
Take the tour of the school. Or don’t. I still get lost every other day on my way to class.
Have something to look forward to. It might be something small, like getting dessert (I recommend some banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery on 69th) or meeting up with a friend after your audition. If you’re not from New York City--you’re in New York City!!!!! Go sightseeing, and get the tourist-y stuff out of the way so that if you get in (!!!), you’ll be ready to be a local.
Congratulations!! You successfully CRUSHED your Juilliard audition and now it’s time to make a Facebook status telling the world that you’re at Juilliard...or to take a 15-hour nap...whatever’s your thing.