Apparently this is one of the top search terms that brings people to my blog!*
Well, hello, fellow singing-auditioners, who may or may not have singing anxiety!
Of course singing auditons are scary! Auditioning for anything is at least a little bit scary, right? It’s that thrill of adrenaline that gives us the extra push when we need to really sell that song. ALL the auditions are scary, at least a little bit. I think we can all agree on that, right? Good scary, maybe, but still scary!
Some people, though (myself included!), get very panicky and afraid when it comes to singing for an audition. (Or, y’know, just getting up and singing in front of people in general.) I am the type that gets sick to her stomach just thinking about singing auditions! In me, that sort of anxiety always manifests as an inability to catch my breath which is probably one of the worst feelings for someone who is attempting to sing! My voice comes out all thready and unsupported and weak and generally exactly the opposite of how I want it to sound. It’s paralyzing in so many ways.
I can’t tell you how much having a vocal coach has helped with this. Learning proper breathing techinques helps massively with learning how not to panic when you sing. There are lots of mental AND physical reasons for this gaspy, unable-to-catch-your-breath feeling, and learning how to breathe properly and focus on the correct things keeps me from panicking, since I have so many other things to think about.
If you don’t have a singing coach and/or can’t get one for whatever reason, there are many helpful videos on YouTube to get you started, at least!
As in most physical exercises, it really is best to have a one-on-one teacher, because they can correct you if you’re not quite doing things properly and they’re more able to help you figure out what works best for you as a singer!
So singing auditions are scary, and they’ll probably always be a little scary. But I promise they aren’t petrifying forever! ♥
For those of you that are blessed enough not to have singing anxiety…what are you sitting here reading this for? You should be out sharing your gift with the world!
* In case you were wondering, the others are: “no-one out-crazies Ophelia!”, various lyrics from “Batti batti,” and “courtesy is a lady’s armor.” That sums this blog up nicely, I think!