Handling Audition Jitters
It’s officially Juilliard audition season! Auditions start this Friday and I’m already feeling the nervous energy in the building. Everyone is eagerly preparing for the arrival of hundreds of auditionees. My audition season was two years ago but I remember it very vividly. Specifically, I remember my nerves and the nerves of those around me. However, after so many auditions I was able to find a few things that made the audition process less stressful.
1. Sleep, eat, and hydrate!!
It may be hard to sleep and you may be too nervous to eat (or maybe you’re a stress eater) but sleep is so important for good singing. You can’t have fresh cords without sleeping! Make sure to EAT BREAKFAST so that you have enough energy for the day, and stay very hydrated not only the day of, but the days leading up to your audition as well so that you’re in your best vocal health.
2. Have a focusing/relaxation ritual
Right before your audition, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by all of the nervous energy around you and hearing other singers through the door. Take a few moments to meditate, pray, breathe, or whatever you do to center yourself and focus.
3. Don’t make comparisons
It’s so easy to compare yourself to other auditioning singers, whether its their voice, their confidence, or even their dress. You are here to present YOU and who YOU are as an artist. Don’t be worried about what anyone else is doing.
4. Have something to look forward to afterwards
I like to make sure that my day isn’t just about the audition. Find a restaurant or bakery you’d like to go to, go to a museum, the park, a movie, anything that you would be excited to do.
5. Trust your talent
An audition is just another chance to show your talent. You’ve made it past the prescreen, and you have an audition at Juilliard! All you need to do now is trust that you can do this (and practice).
Best of luck and toi toi toi to everyone auditioning!!