Away With Audition Nerves!
This Friday marks the beginning of the NYC school auditions, so I wanted to share my tips on how to deal with audition nerves so you can make the most out of your audition experience!
The biggest thing I have to say about nerves is that having nerves is a good thing. That means you care about the work you’ve put in for months leading up to the audition, how you perform, and for your future. However, it is important not to let your nerves take center stage and take away from your audition. Instead, channel them into positive energy and confidence that you are ready and eager to show the faculty what you have to offer!
Pretend that you are in a mock audition or are performing for your teachers back home. Find comfort in the situation you are in, and do your best to be as calm and normal as possible. Don’t let yourself shut down, and interact with people like you normally would; talk to Juilliard students, auditionees, etc., but remain focused at the same time. If you overthink your audition, you are letting your nerves take over instead of trusting the work you have already put in during the preparation process.
My next tip: BREATHE! Just take a deep breath and smile. Tell yourself that you are going to do well and that you are confident and ready. I promise you, this really does work!
Another thing to remember is that the faculty WANTS you to succeed! The faculty is just looking for the best fits for the Juilliard community, and they hope that whoever walks through the audition room door is that fit. Don’t let your nerves for perfectionism get to you; the faculty isn’t just looking for the best performance or audition, they are looking for POTENTIAL. If you show them your artistry and are vulnerable enough to perform in an open manner, they will see this. But you cannot let your nerves be a wall that blocks them from seeing all that you have to offer.
I know that it will be overwhelming, and that being nervous is inevitable. Just remember to breathe, smile, and enjoy your time. If it is meant to be, it will be, and no matter what, it is an accomplishment in itself to have auditioned for Juilliard.