’Tis the Season
OK… Listen everyone… It’s THAT time of year again… The Shamrock Shake is back!!!
Ok fine so perhaps you’re not thinking about the Shamrock Shake… Perhaps your thinking about that other slightly less-festive thing that springtime brings with it… Let me guess… Lots of people involved, potentially life-changing decisions being made, lots of traveling, and plenty of expensive fees… Had to go to CVS and get your headshot printed out? Hmm… Sounds to me like your thinking about the fact that we are now full swing into audition season… Which is no doubt a terrifying thought in and of itself… Terrifying enough to warrant an emergency trip to go get a Shamrock Shake to calm yourself down…
But listen closely to me before you go galloping off into the sunset in pursuit of nerve-calming, leprechaun green milkshake glory. Because I’m going to do my best to keep you from those empty, sugary calories…
There are a number of things regarding audition season that I wish someone had told me before I got into the thicket of things. So in order to try and smooth out the inequalities of the universe, I’m going to cover a few main points that I think everyone should know when going into audition season.
1. When I was auditioning for schools I ended up auditioning for six different places. This ended up costing me a small fortune in audition and travel fees and turned out to be completely unnecessary. My recommendation would be to narrow your choices down to a maximum of four different places that you would like to apply to.
2. Talk to your teachers and mentors about what places they think would be good for you. Your teachers know you best as an artist and they have plenty of knowledge about the outside world that could be very beneficial to you. Also, your teachers may have certain connections that could really help you out!
3. Don’t get attached to any one outcome. This is the surest way of setting yourself up for suffering. Like water, your life will naturally follow the path of least resistance in the process of getting you to where you’re going. Know that everyone has a unique and individual path and that you don’t necessarily need to follow a specific route in order to achieve your goals.
4. When auditioning, be yourself! This applies to both your technique and your personality. The panel wants to see you not only as an artist but as a personality as well. Remember, the panel is not only looking to see if you are a good fit for the school, but they are also looking to see if the school is a good fit for you.
5. Last but not least, revel in the moment. Auditions are a great time to really take stock of where you are as an artist and see how you fit into a larger whole. Also, auditions are a great time to get out and really flex your muscles as an artist, as they give you the chance to put everything you’ve learned into action.
There’s no doubt that auditioning is a stressful process. But if you take the moment to prepare yourself and take stock of all the opportunities that are open to you at this time, then I have full faith that you’ll make it out unscathed. And who knows, perhaps you’ll even have time to grab a Shamrock Shake to congratulate yourself after you get your acceptance letter!
(There are good things on the horizon… Trust me.)
Juilliard Dance 2020