are singing auditions scary?

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!

It won’t let me embed this, so here’s a link!

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!

>courtesy is a lady’s armor.

>So yesterday, I had to set up a packet consisting of a headshot, resume and cover letter to send to a casting director to get an audition. I used a giant (seriously) padded mailer and my Mum told me to put a piece of cardboard in it and write DO NOT BEND on it so that my materials didn’t get wrecked in the mail.

I hesitated before I could write “DO NOT BEND” on my mailer. All I could think was that I would be inconveniencing some postal worker and that it didn’t really matter if it got bent in the mail, did it? I didn’t want them to think I was some demanding jerk, wanting my mail to be treated differently.

And then I stopped myself and thought “really, j? Really? This is supposed to be what you want to do with your life. This is an audition you really, really want to get. You seriously think people will think you’re a jerk for writing ‘DO NOT BEND’ on something? And even if they do, isn’t getting your information to that casting director more important? Why bother sending it if you clearly don’t have any pride or confidence in yourself?”

And then I thought to myself, “Self, you are correct.” And I took a red marker and wrote on my mailer:

PLEASE DO NOT BEND

Because I am nothing if not polite.