The Work of Authenticity
We’re now officially right in the thick of audition season, and we’re all out applying for anything and everything, submitting resumes, cover letters, videos, and essays in hopes of securing a better future for ourselves. Of course, the inside joke is that the work of building ourselves a better life never really ends, and auditions are really just waypoints of that journey. What I have always found to be important is to remember not so much for what you’re auditioning, but rather WHY you are at that audition. Why are you subjecting yourself to all this pressure, financial expenditure, and concern? Getting to the root of that can really help you center yourself and your intentions, thereby enabling you to bring your clearest intentions to the audition.
In this case I’d like to reference a personal anecdote from earlier today while preparing my application for the Gluck Fellowship. The Gluck Fellowship is a program through which groups of performers receive funding in order to bring community outreach performances to nursing homes, mental care facilities, children’s hospitals, and youth-care centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City. I’ve been a Gluck Fellow for about six months now, and the experiences I’ve had have truly reminded me of why I’m an artist, and of the power of art in people's lives.
Art is this universal form of commenting on the human experience in a way that makes people feel more connected, more alive, and happier because of it. Seeing faces light up when my Gluck group performs is both an incredibly exciting and humbling experience, and it reminds me that art is a rare and powerful thing, and a line work which should not be undertaken lightly. It was with these thoughts in mind that I prepared my application video in order to reapply to the fellowship for the coming year. I did my best to choose work which reflected the humanity of art, and the endurance and nobleness of the human spirit.
In choosing your own audition materials, be it a monologue, dance solo, or music piece, take a moment to reflect on your own personal values as an artist and choose something which reflects that. Your authenticity, vulnerability, and openness will be instantly noticeable to the audition panel, and will help not only to set you apart from the crowd, but to also remind yourself of what got you into this whole business in the first place. On that note, go get em’!
Juilliard Dance 2020