“My friend sang "I Can Go The Distance” for his audition. I heard his audition through the curtain and I cried because of my emotional connection to that song. I sang it to myself before every audition. I’ve kept it close to my heart all these years and it inspires me to go farther than expected.“
I'm still a little freaked out about my performance. How can I reduce stiffness?
I hope you don’t mind if I publish this, as I think it’s going to benefit a lot of people who are in similar situations.
Your performance is your chance to show how much work you’ve done. It’s a chance to revel in your accomplishments, a chance to show everybody exactly who you are, proudly and openly. It’s a chance to get the attention you deserve for the work you’ve done, so you should really consider it a moment for yourself. We so rarely get to take time to celebrate ourselves, so take this opportunity, and embrace every moment of it.
Furthermore, your performance is your chance to let go of what you’ve learned. We all work tirelessly on our craft, drilling exercises, criticizing every little sound we make, stressing over the things we are still working on. We’re constantly growing and changing, and we always want it to be perfect, so we are incredibly hard on ourselves. Your performance is your chance to let go of the work and just sing. The work you’ve done will inform your singing, it’s not going to somehow disappear–it’s all a part of you, so just let go and perform.
Some people are going to adore what you do, some people are going to judge you for what you do, some people are not going to care much either way. And here’s the thing: anybody who criticizes you for no reason is envious of you in some way. They’re either envious of your confidence or your singing or your acting or the song you get to sing or whatever it may be, so take that and let it fuel you. Perhaps they don’t have the guts to do what you do, so enjoy the fact that you put yourself out there and took a risk.
Risk is necessary for success. We can’t bloom until we’re ready to release our petals, so embrace that vulnerability, and go for it. The risk will pay off.
No matter what happens, you will learn something from it. I have had to do last minute stand in solos in choirs, last minute swing performances in shows, and I have made some incredibly embarrassing mistakes, but it’s all part of the process. I remember doing a solo once when the soloist got sick, didn’t know what I was doing, and the director and I were just giggling to each other at my massive failure, and that was that. On the flip side, I’ve had some giant successes when I least expected it, and that’s all part of the process. Embrace the process, the good, the bad, love it all.
Also, just saying, you’ve got this. Yup. 'Nuff said. Go rock it.
The minute I walked in the audition room, he just hugged me, like straight away – He does that – He does, doesn’t he? It just kind of takes any defenses and guards down. He’s so open, and so energetic, and enthusiastic, and it’s kind of infectious. You feed off that as well. He made the whole process very easy and enjoyable for me.
Imagine the big-name, most well-respected faculty members of your instrument getting drunk and/or high together and watching your audition tape, being like “pfffffffft duuuuude, what is UP with her vibrato it’s SOOO BAD ohmygod the intonation on that shift was atrocious lololol get me another shot”
Because 50 bucks that’s actually how they review them.