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How to Audition for a Movie | 6 Tips for Success

how to audition for moviesWondering how to audition for a movie and make it to the big screen? Here, we’ll share six important tips for success.

Many major movies are filmed in big cities such as Los Angeles and New York. Whatever big city you are closest to, you should start by looking up the local film office. For example, if you search online for “Massachusetts State Film Office,” you should see a website like this.

Every state also has its own film office, which will have all the information you need about what is being filmed in that state, local auditions, etc. Keep reading for more helpful tips to nail your next audition.

How to Audition for a Movie: 6 Steps

1) Find Your Role

This is a necessary step for those interested in how to audition for movies.

For most films, it may sound superficial but looks really are everything. You will need to try to assess which characters you could play on film. For example, do you look like a high school student? Could you portray a daughter, or a sister? Or could you play the dreamy boyfriend?

Think of all the different character possibilities you could portray, and start looking for the most appropriate auditions.

2) Find Smaller Productions

If you’re diving into film for the first time, you don’t necessarily have to shoot for the major, commercial films.

You might not realize it, but whatever city you are in there are many independent and student films being created and filmed all the time! This is a great way to start out, and see what it’s like being on a film set.

If you’re a college student, you should also get involved in your school’s film department. Many students will need to make films for their majors. These won’t pay well, but it’s a great way to start learning about film and how to act on film.

Also, low-budget independent films and short films are a great way to get a speaking part!

3) Find Background Work

If you’re wondering how to audition for a movie, you’ve probably already done some acting training or taken acting lessons. If so, don’t be be afraid to go for the big budget films! But films are being made every day, and they usually need tons of extras.

Extra or background work is fun – you will learn so much about film, get a decent paycheck, and perhaps even be featured on film. The part may be small, but you never know – depending on your look and how you act on the film set, you could get bumped up into a featured or speaking role.

If you want a speaking role, or a main role in a film, doing extra work is essential before you can hit these goals. Extra work will help you become comfortable on camera, get used to the terminology, and learn how a movie is made.

You may or may not need to audition for extra work. I encourage you to research online for local casting directors – try searching for something like “Background Casting Directors” and a list should come up near your city.

You then can register to have your headshot and resume on file, and if they have a role open for your character type they will get in touch with you.

4) Keep an Eye Out for Audition Notices

Many audition notices are posted online on sites like Playbill, Backstage, Actors Access, and Casting Networks. Some of these trade websites require a monthly fee to subscribe, and some of them even allow you to “audition” by submitting your materials online.

Your materials should include a headshot and acting resume, and perhaps a reel of video footage. With the industry changing so much, it’s easy to get headshots taken and get some film footage with YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, and so on.

5) Expect Competition at Auditions

At a film audition, you should expect a lot of other people auditioning for the same role as you. Sometimes the writer or director may be present in the room. Other times it will be interns from a local film office who will film a quick take and send it to LA for more consideration.

No matter who is in the room, you should always remain professional and courteous at all times. A film audition will usually consist of you reading lines from the actual movie, say with another actor, who they are also considering for a role.

Sometimes you will have seen the script before, and other times they’ll give it to you on the spot. The casting team has many people to see, and are usually tired from auditions. If you’re wondering how to audition for movies in the best way: be prepared and don’t ask them many questions.

6) Work Your Way Up to the Union

Working in film and TV, you will eventually need to be part of the union, which is called SAG/AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild, and American Federation of TV and Recording Arts).

The union will make sure you are paid fairly, have health insurance, and are not working under unethical circumstances. Many of the main roles and speaking parts in major films are cast with actors represented in the union, and usually only actors in the union can audition for that role.

If you are not in that union, you are then considered non-union. Non-union actors are paid less, so you’re probably wondering, how can I get in that union? The answer is: it will take some time, work, and dedication!

You will need to do extra work for a few years before getting into the union. If you audition for a film as a non-union actor, and are offered a union role right away, the production will grant you the opportunity to join the union. No one can just join, you have to earn your way up!

Also by doing extra work, sometimes you can earn “waivers,” which are given when the role is meant for a union person, but they cannot possibly find a union person to fulfill it. Once you earn three waivers (three days on set), you become eligible to join.

However, there is a pricey initiation fee to join, and once you join you can’t do work that is not covered by a SAG/AFTRA contract (meaning you can’t do non-union work).

Knowing these tips for how to audition for a movie is your first step, but keep in mind that working your way through the film industry will take time. With hard work, patience, and persistence it will all pay off, and you will have fun doing so!

LizTLiz T. teaches online singing, acting, and music lessons. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music, including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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30 Fantastic Musical Theater Audition Songs for Kids [Videos]

Theater Audition Songs for Kids

In this article, voice teacher Molly R. shares her top picks for musical theater audition songs for kids…

There are so many opportunities for kids that love musical theater these days! The popularity of the “junior” editions of big Broadway shows is steadily increasing, for one. There are also several companies across the country that specialize in showcasing kids and only kids, as well as tons of musical theater summer camps.

Needless to say, it’s super exciting to be a young performer. However, one thing that remains tricky is finding suitable repertoire that is both age-appropriate as well as fun. Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered!

Musical Theater Songs for Kids

But First, a Few Things to Keep in Mind…

Many of these songs that I recommend are NOT from Broadway shows, but are definitely casting director-approved. Generally, there is more flexibility with kids’ repertoire as there aren’t as many roles for them. That means Disney movies, old standards, and novelty songs are some other styles will sometimes work just fine, unless the production team says otherwise.

Most of all, casting directors are looking for performers who can prepare good material and perform confidently, and often won’t be as specific in their audition requirements with kids as they are with adult actors.

While some of the songs in this list are meant to be sung by a specific gender, there are also several songs that work beautifully for either! So let’s dive in – here are 30 great musical theater audition songs for girls, audition songs for boys, and audition songs for kids in general.

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls

1. “I Always Knew” — Annie Warbucks

2. “Home” — Wonderland
3. “The Girl I Mean To Be” — The Secret Garden
4. “Born to Entertain” — Ruthless! The Musical
5. “Let Me Entertain You” — Gypsy
6. “Sayonara” — How to Eat Like a Child

7. “Reflection” — Mulan
8. “The World Above” — The Little Mermaid
9. “Gee, I’m Glad I’m Glad I’m No One Else But Me” — Anne of Green Gables

10. “On the Good Ship Lollipop” — Shirley Temple

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Boys

  1. “Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun” — A Christmas Story: The Musical

2. “A Round Shouldered Man” — The Secret Garden
3. “My Best Girl” — Mame
4. “Gary, Indiana” — The Music Man
5. “Different” — Honk!
6. “Getting Tall” — Nine

7. “Electricity” — Billy Elliott
8. “Little People” — Les Misérables
9. “The Bare Necessities” — The Jungle Book
10. “A Letter from Charlie Bucket” — Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Girls OR Boys

1. “When I Grow Up” — Matilda the Musical

2. “The Tree” — The Me Nobody Knows
3. “Who Will Buy?” — Oliver!
4. “Getting to Know You” — The King and I

5. “The Ugly Duckling” — Hans Christian Anderson
6. “Be Kind To Your Parents” — Fanny
7. “I Love to Laugh” — Mary Poppins
8. “Happiness” — You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

9. “I Won’t Grow Up” — Peter Pan
10. “Put On a Happy Face” — Bye Bye Birdie

Final Tips for Aspiring Broadway Stars

Some of these songs are more complex than others, so it’s crucial that kids work closely with a voice teacher to prepare their chosen audition pieces. In addition to musical accuracy, your young actor will impress their panel if they really know what they are singing about— so it’s a good idea that they do their homework as far as researching the character and show, too!

Confidence is key, and a voice teacher can certainly help with that. TakeLessons does a wonderful job of matching kids up with the perfect teacher. Check out their online or in-person singing lessons so your child will be prepared to hit center stage.

Have fun exploring these fantastic audition songs for kids, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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50 Best Age-Appropriate Theater Audition Songs for Teens

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As a teen, it’s important to choose an audition song that not only shows off your voice, but is also age-appropriate. Here, voice teacher Molly R. shares a few tips for selecting your song, plus 50 top picks for musical theater audition songs for teen girls and boys.

It’s wonderful to be a teen musical theater performer! There are so many great opportunities at this age – high school productions, community theater, and even professional theater for a lucky few.

But it’s not always easy to choose the perfect musical theater audition song. In this post, you’ll find top recommendations for audition songs for boys and girls, but you’ll also want to keep a couple of things in mind…

1) What is the production staff looking for?

If they say “don’t sing from the show,” then don’t! However, you DO want to find something as close as possible to the show in question.

For example, is the company doing an edgier show like “Rent”? If so, you may want to sing an audition song from a show like “Spring Awakening” or even “Hair”. If they’re doing an older classic like “Carousel”, consider something else by Rodgers and Hammerstein, like “South Pacific”, or something from the same era, like “My Fair Lady”.

2) What audition song suits YOU?

What is your type? Are you more of the leading man? The sweet ingenue? Maybe you’re a sassy belter, or a character actor.

The good news is that there is a huge variety of songs that are appropriate (and fun) for teen musical theater performers. This list includes songs for all types of voices and personalities, with several different styles and time periods. While many of these songs and tried-and-true classics, many are lesser-known and will delight your audition panel.

Audition Songs for Teens

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Girls

1. “Frank Mills” — Hair

2. “I’m Not At All In Love” — The Pajama Game
3. “Think of Me” — Phantom of the Opera
4. “Beautiful Candy” — Carnival
5. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
6. “Once Upon a Dream” — Jekyll and Hyde

7. “How Can I Wait?” — Paint Your Wagon
8. “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” — My Fair Lady
9. “Don’t Rain On My Parade” — Funny Girl
10. “Tryouts” — Bring It On: The Musical
11. “My Big French Boyfriend” — The Toxic Avenger
12. “Love Makes Such Fools of Us All” — Barnum
13. “A Wonderful Guy” — South Pacific
14. “Sing Happy” — Flora the Red Menace

15. “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” — Camelot
16. “Astonishing” — Little Women
17. “Live Out Loud” — A Little Princess
18. “So In Love” — Kiss Me Kate
19. “Heaven Help My Heart” — Chess
20. “Out of My Dreams” — Oklahoma!
21. “Still Hurting” — The Last Five Years
22. “The Finer Things” — Jane Eyre: The Musical

23. “Once Upon a Time” — Brooklyn: The Musical
24. “Once You Lose Your Heart” — Me and My Girl
25. “Waitin’ for My Dearie” — Brigadoon

Musical Theater Audition Songs for Teen Boys

1. “Ten Minutes Ago” — Cinderella

2. “This is the Moment” — Jekyll and Hyde
3. “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” — Les Misérables
4. “I Believe” — The Book of Mormon
5. “One Song Glory” — Rent
6. “Where Do I Go?” — Hair
7. “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” — Guys and Dolls
8. “I, Huckleberry, Me” — Big River
9. “Proud of Your Boy” — Aladdin

10. “Her Face” — Carnival
11. “It’s All Right With Me” — Can-Can
12. “Fallin’” — They’re Playing Our Song
13. “On the Street Where You Live” — My Fair Lady
14. “Sarah” — The Civil War
15. “I’m a Bad, Bad Man” — Annie Get Your Gun
16. “Real Live Girl” — Little Me

17. “Anthem” — Chess
18. “Love, I Hear” — A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
19. “Momma, Look Sharp” — 1776
20. “Love Changes Everything” — Aspects of Love
21. “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” — Oklahoma!

22. “Me” — Beauty and the Beast
23. “Passeggiata” — The Light in the Piazza
24. “Make Them Hear You” — Ragtime
25. “Santa Fe” — Newsies”

Final Tips for Your Audition

I recommend being prepared with a few solid songs, as you never know if they’ll ask for more! Your repertoire book should have a variety of audition songs that include old and new shows, a song from a pop/rock musical, and at least one Disney song that suits you. And of course, make sure that you’ve had adequate time to practice and prepare before the audition.

If you’re confused about what to select or how to sing it, consult a voice teacher near you, or find one online. A professional vocal coach will ensure that your voice is prepped and ready for your next audition. Have fun exploring the world of musical theater, and break a leg!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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25 Top Audition Songs for Classical Singers [With Videos]

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As a classical singer, you have a variety of things you might be auditioning for, from young artist programs (also known as YAPs) and vocal contests to gigs at restaurants or on cruise ships! There are a few things to consider for each situation, so here is a helpful list of tips, as well as the top classical audition songs for sopranos, tenors, mezzos, and baritones!

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Top Classical Audition Songs

For a Young Artist Program Audition:

It’s essential that every fach (operatic voice type) has a solid aria in English. Almost every program will ask for one, so below are some good repertoire options to consider.

For soprano:

  • “Laurie’s Song” from Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land”
    This is a beautiful aria to show off a young lyric soprano!

For mezzo:

  • “Must the Winter Come So Soon?” from Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”
    This song is short, has a gorgeous line, and is age appropriate. This is exactly the sort of thing a singer needs for a Young Artist Program.

For tenor:

  • “Lonely House” from “Street Scene” by Kurt Weill
    This is another aria that is age appropriate. And for lyric tenors, this will show you off like nothing else, both vocally and dramatically.

For baritone:

  • “Warm as the Autumn Light” from Douglas Moore’s “The Ballad of Baby Doe”
    This song has a soaring vocal line to show off your strong middle voice! At just under three minutes, this is another perfect choice for an audition song.

For Cruise Ships, Parties, or Restaurant Auditions:

For these types of auditions, you should consider the “party hits” of classical music! This can include some Italian folk songs that can be sung by any voice type. You’ll want to choose melodies that people that aren’t opera buffs know and love.

For soprano:

  • “Musetta’s Waltz” from Puccini’s “La Boheme”
    Everyone knows this one! It’s happy, super familiar, and shows off your killer high notes!

Another winner for a soprano is “O mio babbino caro” from another Puccini opera, “Gianni Schicchi”. All sopranos can sing this one. Just be careful not to drag the tempo; it’s actually meant to be a humorous aria!

For mezzo:

  • “Habanera” from “Carmen”
    You can’t go wrong with “Carmen”, and this one in particular is flirtatious and fun.

For tenor:

  • “Nessun Dorma” from Puccini’s “Turandot”
    Yes, it’s the tenor anthem. But needless to say, you must have serious technique and power to make this one work. If you can nail this one, the job is likely yours!

If you want something a little more lighthearted but still a big hit, there is always Verdi’s “La donna e mobile” from “Rigoletto”. Everyone knows and adores this one!

For baritone:

  • “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”
    This is a great choice for a classical audition song if you want to draw in a non-opera crowd. Most people will recognize this one, and you can show off your amazing vocal agility and comedic chops.


Another hit from “Carmen” is the beloved “Toreador Song”. How can a baritone not have fun with this classic?

For any voice:

  • “O Sole Mio” (Italian standard)
    This cheerful folk tune is yet another song people know and love. It can be sung in various keys if you’re a mezzo or baritone.

Another great Italian folk song is “Funiculi Funicula”. Tenors especially will love this one because of the ringing high notes, but don’t let that hold you back if you’re another voice type!

For Vocal Competitions:

If you’re selecting classical audition songs for a vocal competition, I recommend repertoire in different languages besides the standard Italian, French, German, and English. This will be sure to impress the panel!

For soprano:

  • “Song to the Moon” from Dvořák’s “Rusalka”
    What a gorgeous aria! It’s magical when sung with a beautifully spun line.

For mezzo:

  • “Olga’s Aria” from Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”
    This is a great choice to show off your charm, your low vocal range, and your Russian!

For tenor:

  • “Lensky’s Aria”, also from “Eugene Onegin”
    This is an absolutely breathtaking aria, with tons of drama and high notes galore. How can you go wrong?

For baritone:

  • “Forester’s Monologue” from Janacek’s “Cunning Little Vixen”
    This song is a bit longer, but what a gem! It’s hardly overdone, which makes it an excellent choice.

For an Opera Company Audition:

For an opera company audition, consider a piece that will prove you can act, too! Longer arias are definitely okay here.

For soprano:

  • “To This We’ve Come” from Menotti’s “The Consul”
    Wow, talk about an acting feast! This is high drama at its best, and is sure to impress!

For mezzo:

  • “The letters aria” from Massenet’s “Werther”
    If you can sing this beautifully and tug at our heartstrings, you’ve probably got the role!

For tenor:

  • “E lucevan le stelle” from Puccini’s “Tosca”
    Full of passion, this is more than just about high notes.

For baritone:

  • “Pari Siamo” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto”
    Verdi was the king of Italian drama. This song, the tortured title character’s aria, is no exception.

For Undergraduate and Graduate Programs:

Make sure you have a Mozart aria! He’s the bread and butter of operatic repertoire, after all, and chances are your program will be doing one of his operas while you are there.

For soprano:

  • “Dove Sono” from “The Marriage of Figaro”
    This can be sung by both light- or heavy-voiced sopranos. This character, The Countess, has two fabulous arias, but “Dove Sono” has a bit more motion to it, and is awfully fun to sing.

For mezzo:

  • Dorabella’s aria from “Così fan tutte”
    This one sits a bit high and is best for lyric mezzos, but it’s a great one!

For tenor:

  • Tamino’s aria from “The Magic Flute”
    Mozart wrote some challenging arias for tenor! Mozart tenors need a light, lyric sound, and this aria is perfect for that kind of voice.

For baritone:

  • “The Catalog Aria” from “Don Giovanni”
    Not only will this one show off your excellent musicality, it’s also so funny!

There you have it — 25 excellent classical audition songs that will show you off, whether they’re tried and true hits or lesser-known gems.

Another great resource for repertoire recommendations is your voice teacher, of course! Don’t have one? No problem! There are so many wonderful voice teachers on Takelessons available to help, many with classical backgrounds. As you prepare for your vocal audition, working with a voice teacher will put you at a huge advantage.

Happy singing, and good luck at your audition! For even more ideas, see these audition songs for tenors, audition songs for altos, audition songs for sopranos, or songs for contraltos.

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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7 Great Audition Songs for Sopranos

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The best audition songs for sopranos help singers stand out from the crowd and be heard when auditioning. The perfect song should be reasonably challenging, in order to show off your abilities, and should also exemplify personality. This could mean singing something to which you feel you can relate. Ideally, you should be able to create a tone similar to the original but, above all, you must enjoy the song.

Almost all pieces, provided they are in your range and you can sing them well, work well as audition songs for sopranos. There is disagreement between singers whether songs that are frequently used should be avoided. Consider yourself safe if you feel you will be able to impress the musical director; just avoid anything too slow and repetitive. Here are some of the top favorite audition songs for sopranos:

1. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” – The Producers
If you have a powerful voice, it’s important to demonstrate your abilities in the full to the director. “When You Got It, Flaunt It” from The Producers is the perfect piece to do that. It may not be suitable for a serious singing role, but if you are looking for a comedic part, this song is ideal. The song involves some high E flats at the end, as well as a Swedish accent!

2. “Gimme Gimme” – Thoroughly Modern Millie
“Gimme Gimme” from Thoroughly Modern Millie is a great choice to show off your skills through transitioning from a slow, gentle beginning to an energetic end. The most challenging part of the song is probably the final belted out C, as it is held for a very long time.

3. “A Wonderful Guy” – South Pacific
Simple yet sure to impress if it is sung well, “A Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific is a perfect song to choose if you need to show off some acting skills while you are singing. With a very small range, it is not a difficult piece to sing, but can produce great results when executed correctly. Consider “A Wonderful Guy” if you are auditioning for a lighthearted role.

4. “Till There Was You” – The Music Man
“Till There Was You” is a beautiful classic that allows you to demonstrate your wide vocal range, while showing how you are able to incorporate acting skills into singing. This is an ideal choice for sopranos to show how they can interpret and incorporate lyrics into their performance.

5. “Fine, Fine Line” – Avenue Q
Sopranos who have a classic Broadway tone would do well to consider “Fine, Fine Line” from Avenue Q. While soft and thoughtful, this song will show off your ability to hit powerful notes, and it includes a number of held high notes.

6. “Where Is Love?” – Oliver!
“Where Is Love?” is a favorite among children auditioning for soprano roles and is frequently chosen when the audition does not specify a particular piece. This is a great option for boys with a powerful range.

7. The Boy Next Door – Meet Me In Saint Louis
Another song geared toward younger singers is “The Boy Next Door”. Songs like this one are ideal in order to demonstrate range, vocal abilities and ability to express emotion in lyrics.

 

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15 Showstopping Baritone Audition Songs

baritone audition songsLooking for baritone audition songs? You’ve come to the right place. One of the most difficult aspects of an audition is selecting the right song to sing.

When considering your audition song, you need to think about whether the tune shows off your voice without forcing you to sing notes you can’t reach, whether it conveys the right emotions for the part you’re auditioning for, and whether it will help you stand out from the competition. Here are just a few ideas to get you started…

Baritone Audition Songs

  • “I Can’t Stand Still” – Footloose
  • “Forest for the Trees” – Spitfire Grill
  • “The Sweetest Sounds” – No Strings
  • “Pretty Women” – Sweeney Todd
  • “Greased Lightning” – Grease
  • “Sweet Caroline” – Neil Diamond
  • “Light My Fire” – The Doors

While there are numerous options of baritone audition songs in musical theater, you also have many rock and pop options. Keep reading for more great choices to consider! We’ll discuss each song in detail so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your unique voice and audition.

15 Baritone Audition Songs

1. “I Can’t Stand Still” – Footloose

“I Can’t Stand Still” from Footloose is an excellent option for showing off the energy in your voice. This jazzy and upbeat audition song is ideal for musicals that have a similar, lighthearted feel. One big advantage is that you don’t need to have a wide range to sing this song.

2. “Forest for the Trees” – Spitfire Grill

To impress musical directors with your rendition of “Forest for the Trees” from Spitfire Grill, consider incorporating some acting into your performance. This is the perfect way to exemplify your ability to interpret lyrics. “Forest for the Trees” is quite a challenging piece, as it includes a number of high notes. If you can sing it well, it will definitely help you make an impact at your audition!

3. “The Sweetest Sounds” – No Strings

If your audition calls for a slow piece, “The Sweetest Sounds” from No Strings is a good option. This is your chance to show you can make a gentle and romantic piece also powerful and interesting. As with any slower tempo piece, it’s essential to incorporate emotion to keep the attention of your audience. And because No Strings is a comedy, this song is best suited for auditions for comedic musical theater works.

4. “Pretty Women” – Sweeney Todd

“Pretty Women” is another piece that involves lyrical interpretation in your performance, both through the emotion in your voice and some acting on stage. It’s a wonderful piece to show off your singing skills because of the juxtaposition of lighthearted passages with the serious, darker areas. Similarly, while some parts of the piece involve singing very softly and emphatically, other parts are powerful and romantic.

5. “Greased Lightning” – Grease

For an audition in a rock musical, there is probably no better choice than “Greased Lightning” from Grease. While not very difficult to sing as it has a limited range, “Greased Lightning” is all about showing off your energy and the power of your voice. It’s also a great choice for incorporating acting and a bit of dancing. If you’re looking for male audition songs, you should definitely consider “Greased Lightning.”

Pop and Rock Baritone Audition Songs

For pop and rock gigs, it’s best to consider the range of the original artists as you look for an audition songs. Any of the following pieces are good options for baritone singers.

6-8. “Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” or “America” – Neil Diamond

SEE ALSO: How to Survive as a Baritone Singing Pop

9-11. “Light My Fire,” “Riders on the Storm,” or “People Are Strange” – The Doors

12-14. “It’s Been Awhile,” “So Far Away,” or “Epiphany” – Staind

15. “The Clouding” – Iced Earth


So there you have it! You can choose any of the above baritone audition songs for musical theater, pop, or rock. Start practicing, work with a vocal coach, and you’ll be well on your way to impressing your audience.

Do you have any other suggestions for baritone audition songs? Let us know in the comments section below. Good luck on your future audition and remember – confidence is key!

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53 Audition Words & Phrases You Need to Know | Musical Theater Tips

Come across like a professional at your next audition! Check out this glossary of important theater and acting terms, put together by voice/acting teacher Liz T...

 

Are you preparing for a musical theater audition? As you look at your materials, you may be wondering what a “cold reading” is, or which audition songs count as contemporary ballads.

And even once you’re past the audition (congrats!), you might find yourself backstage or on a movie set and hear the director shouting words and phrases you don’t recognize.

Don’t worry! Many singers and actors are unfamiliar with the terms used in the musical theater industry at first. Below, I’ve put together a list of the most common audition terms and vocab you should know. The infographic highlights several important ones… but scroll down further to see even more must-know words and phrases, and a few I felt were worth expanding on.

So let’s get started…

Must-Know Terms for Musical Theater Auditions

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Audition Terms

Accompanist: a piano player hired (either by you or the theater) to accompany you on your sheet music

Callback: an additional audition after the first… sometimes you’ll be called back as many as 10 times!

Cold reading: part of an audition in which you’re given very short notice to read from a script, either as a monologue or with a scene partner (may be given to you on the spot)

Dance call: a dance audition

Headshot: a professional picture of yourself printed on quality photo paper, usually 8 x 10, in either color or black and white

Monitor: a person who helps run the audition process (signing people up, calling names, etc.)

Open call: an open audition, meaning both non-union and union members can attend

Showreel: video clips (usually no more than 10 minutes) of you in your favorite performances, sometimes required for an audition

Sight reading: part of an audition in which you must read music on the spot, without seeing it or practicing it before (more sight reading tips for singers here)

Typecasting: when actors are put in a room, and based on appearance (height, age, weight, hair color) are asked to stay and audition or leave. This may either be announced before an audition or happen on the spot.

Monologue: a solo acting speech

Theater Terms / Repertoire and Monologues

Audition Terms / Repertoire & Monologues

8-bar, 16-bar, or 32-bar cut: requirements for limiting your audition song to a specific number of measures

A cappella: singing a song with just voice, no instruments or accompanist

Book: your binder of audition repertoire, which should be brought into the audition room in case they ask for additional material

Lead sheet: a piece of sheet music with just chords and melody — some auditions may state “no lead sheets,” meaning your music must include the full piano part

Sheet music: full piano accompaniment, with voice and lyrics included

Contemporary repertoire: music written after 1970

Classical/traditional repertoire: music written before 1970

Classical ballad: A slow song from an older musical

Classical uptempo: A fast song from an older musical

Contemporary ballad: A slow song from a modern musical

Contemporary uptempo: A fast song from a modern musical

Theater Terms / Rehearsals and Performances

Theater Terms / Rehearsals & Performances

Broadway: commercial theaters with a minimum of 499 seats in NYC

Call time: when you’re expected to report to the theater for a rehearsal or performance

Costume fitting: when measurements are taken for your costume; may be a separate appointment

Dark: when the theater is closed (usually on Mondays).

Dressing room (or green room): where the actors get ready with their costumes and makeup; a safe space to warm up before the performance

Dress rehearsal: one of the last final performances before the show opens, with costumes added

Ensemble: the chorus that sings and acts throughout the show.

Limited engagement: when a show runs for a specific length of time, anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks

Marquis: a poster outside the theater with the show’s name, picture, and headlining actors

Matinee: a performance during the day, usually between 1 and 3 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

National tour: a production that tours around a number of cities each week, instead of being established in one venue

Off-book: rehearsing without your script, so you must have your lines memorized

Off-Broadway: a theater in NYC with fewer than 499 seats, but more than 99 seats

Off-Off Broadway: a theater in NYC with fewer than 99 seats, and usually not-for-profit

Playbill: the official program given at each performance with the cast credits, pictures, and info about the show

Previews: when the show is running in previews, this means it isn’t the official opening yet, so there’s still time to work out any problems

Prop table: backstage where all of the props and materials for the show are placed

Sitzprobe: one of the first rehearsals with the orchestra or band, meant to review the music together

Stage directions: quick terminology to use on stage when blocking a scene on a stage (see expanded section below)

Standing only: a limited number of tickets sold for the back of the theater, where patrons can stand and watch the show when seating is sold out

Striking the set: taking the set apart after a show ends.

Summer stock: professional musical theater performed during the summer, either indoor or outdoor

Swing: an understudy who learns many roles (sometimes as many as 10!)

Tech week: the week before opening where lights, sound, and scenery are incorporated in the rehearsals

Understudy: the person who learns the main roles, in case they have to go on in an emergency

Waiver: if you are doing “background” or “extra work,” whether you are union or non-union, this essentially is your receipt of your paystub, where you will record the hours worked, lunch breaks taken, etc.

Theater Terms / Other Terms

Theater and Acting Terms / Other Vocab to Know

Non-Union: a person who doesn’t have a membership or an invitation to the Actors’ Equity Union

Union: a person belonging to and being a paid member of the Actors’ Equity Union

EMC: stands for Equity Membership Candidate, meaning you have acquired enough points at equity theaters to be considered for membership in the Actors’ Equity Union

Actors’ Equity: the official union for professional actors

Backstage Magazine: A subscription magazine (also available online) that announces all upcoming auditions in major cities

Important Notes

Your Headshot

This is a very important theater term to know, because many auditions will require one! This is a clear, professional picture of yourself, usually on high-quality stock paper and 8×10. It can be in either black & white or color, and should be from the shoulders up or can be a close-up of your face.

Please note that this is different from a “selfie” because of the lighting, contrast, and angle. It’s definitely worth researching professional photographers in your area; the cost will usually range from $200 to $1,200 and you’ll get few different headshots. If you’re on a budget, you can even find a local high school or college student to take them for you.

Before you book a photographer, check out their portfolio and make sure you have a contract in writing. Wear something you feel comfortable in that brings out your personality. Also, these photos should look like you do naturally — so don’t wear heavy makeup if you don’t normally, and don’t dye your hair right before!

Additional Resources:

• 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Headshots, via Backstage.com
• Headshot Do’s and Don’ts, via Actors Casting Agency LLC
How to Get Great Headshots for Musical Theatre, via Musical Theatre U

Showreel

Usually casting directors will want to see video of you acting or performing to be considered for a role. Your showreel should be no more than 10 minutes, and include a variety of video clips of you in your favorite performances. Include clips of your dramatic acting, comedic acting, singing, and dancing, if you have them!

If you don’t have a lot of performing experience, you can record yourself in a practice studio or room performing your favorite monologue — or grab a partner and perform a strong scene.

And don’t worry about having expensive recording equipment — you can easily make your showreel through iMovie.

Additional Resources:

• How to Make a Good Showreel, via StageMilk
• 11 Tips for Creating a Memorable Acting Showreel, via Daniel Johnson
• 5 Mistakes Actors Make When Creating a Showreel From Scratch, via Raindance

Cold reading

At some auditions, you’ll be given very short notice to read from a script, either as a monologue or with a scene partner. It might be as little as 5 minutes! This is to see how well you can act on the spot, and how well you do with improvising. It can be nerve-wracking, but have fun with it!

If you’re nervous, practice cold reads before the audition, and bring a pencil, glasses if you need them, and anything else that will make you comfortable.

Additional Resources:

• 10 Ways to Master the Dreaded Cold-Read, via Backstage.com
• How to Prepare for a Cold Reading Audition in 4 Easy Steps

Typecasting

This is one of the most difficult casting calls! A “type call” usually happens when thousands of actors show up to an audition, and the casting director knows they will not have the time to see everyone.

The directors line up a small group of actors at a time, and based on your height, weight, eye color, hair, etc., they’ll decide on the spot if you’ll be continuing on. Sometimes the director will look at resumes, sometimes not. There’s nothing you can really do in these circumstances except for be yourself! Also, don’t lie or pretend… for example, don’t say you can do the splits if you can’t!

These often occur in dance auditions, or if they need people to fit specific costumes or requirements. Sometimes they are announced on the audition notice, and sometimes it’s a surprise!

Open call

If you see this theater term, be prepared for a busy day. This type of audition is usually held in major cities, and it means anyone can show up, regardless of age, union status, location, height, and experience.

Because these get so crowded, I recommend getting there several hours before the audition. Sometimes after 100 people sign up, they will cut the number or line off. Bring a book and some patience, as you may be waiting a long time to be seen!

Stage directions

If you get the part, knowing these theater terms will make your life a lot easier. Here’s the run-down:

  • Center stage: The dead center of the whole stage (CS)
  • Downstage: Closest to the audience or orchestra pit (DS)
  • Upstage: Behind you, if standing center (US)
  • Stage Left: Your left, when you’re on stage, not the audience’s (SL)
  • Stage right: Your right, when you’re on stage (SR)

Memorize these, so you’re not confused the first day of blocking on stage! Fortunately, these are the same no matter what theater you perform in.

Off-Book

Usually a month or a few weeks before the show or film is set to start, your director will call for rehearsals to be off-book — meaning you’re not allowed to look at your script. This is hard for many actors, as memorizing can be difficult. Start memorizing early!

Conclusion

I hope this post helps you at your next vocal audition or performance for musical theater. If you would ever like extra help preparing, I recommend finding an acting or vocal coach today on TakeLessons and booking lessons!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing, acting, and music lessons online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Vocal performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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6 Broadway Belting Audition Songs to Knock ‘Em Dead

6 Broadway Brlting Songs That Will Knock 'Em DeadHave you been learning how to belt, and feel ready to show off your skills at your next audition? Check out these recommendations for Broadway belting songs from voice teacher Molly R

 

Broadway belting is something audiences have loved to hear since the 1940s, when the Queen-of-All-Belters, Ethel Merman, was a main attraction.

Belting is a style of singing in which we bring the chest voice higher than we normally would, to convey extra power or emotion. While some people (and teachers) shy away from it, it’s an exciting style of singing that, when done correctly, can be very impressive!

Many musicals have killer belting songs. So if you’re looking for some great picks for singing auditions, I’ve pulled together the list below, representing a wide variety of time periods, styles, and personalities!

1. “Johnny One Note” – Babes in Arms

Made popular by the great Judy Garland, this number will have you belting several big B flats… with gusto!

This 1937 showtune is a solid classic to choose if you’re auditioning for an older show. It’s also a great choice for teen belters with a good middle voice; it provides enough of a challenge without too much of a chance to strain the voice, as it doesn’t sit too high. Consider this a nice intro to belting!

2. “Wherever He Ain’t” – Mack and Mabel

What a showstopper! Although Jerry Herman’s “Mack and Mabel” was not a hit, critics agree the music is sublime, and this is no exception! This sassy number requires you to sing some high notes, so it’s best for an advanced adult belter with more secure technique.

3. “City Lights” – The Act

Kander and Ebb wrote “The Act” for another legendary belter: Ms. Liza Minnelli! But don’t worry: you can make this one your own — and you should.

This song sits lower, so range-wise it’s not difficult. But it runs for six minutes, so if you’re singing it for an audition, make sure you perform the cut that shows you off best!

It’s also ideal for a dancer who belts. After all, these ARE the composers of “Chicago”! Not only will you be showing off your belting chops, but you’re expected to bring it as far as showmanship, too!

4. “All Falls Down” – Chaplin

Ooh, this is a GREAT new one —  yes, from another flop musical. What makes this Broadway song so great? It’s completely sassy and has a memorable “cakewalk” style. You get to belt this one full out; it’s probably the most challenging number on this list, as you need to belt pretty high… again and again. So this one is for the advanced belters only!

5. “I’m The Greatest Star” – Funny Girl

It’s been said “People” should be off-limits, as it belongs to Barbra (and I’ll have to agree with that!), but as far as I’m concerned, singers should feel free to use the REST of the great songs in “Funny Girl”!

The big belting doesn’t really come until the end of this song, so I’d say this is more for the intermediate belter. The bulk of the song lies in mid-voice and is meant to be sung with TONS of conviction… and serious comedic chops!

6. “Live Out Loud” – A Little Princess

This is for younger belters! It’s a wonderful, uplifting tune that is sure to wow. It’s also very good for those who have more of a soprano-ish quality to their voice. (Soprano/belt is definitely a voice type! Lucky ladies like the fabulous Sierra Boggess in the video below are proof they exist.) The melody is gorgeous and quick-moving, and it’s just under three minutes.

Choosing Belting Songs for Auditions

Before you choose one of these songs, remember that belting is a specific vocal skill that doesn’t come easily to most of us. It’s super easy to hurt yourself if you do it incorrectly. The last thing you want is to strain your voice!

Some voice teachers specialize in the technique, so make sure you’re working with someone who can help you achieve the sound you’re after! TakeLessons has many talented instructors who can help you achieve your belting goals. Good luck at your audition!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!

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50 Best Audition Songs for Musical Theater (for Male & Female Singers)

50 Best Audition Songs for Musical Theatre for Females and Males to SingLooking for recommendations for musical theatre audition songs that are sure to impress?

If you have a musical theatre audition coming up, or you just like listening to musical songs, you’re sure to enjoy this list.

In this article, we’ve compiled some of the best musical theatre audition songs to sing, broken down by each voice type (including alto audition songs). Check out the list of songs from musicals, and then read on for some extra tips for acing your audition.

50 Musical Theatre Audition Songs

Musical Songs for Sopranos:

1. “Better” — Legally Blonde

2. “Think of Me” — The Phantom of the Opera
3. “I Could Have Danced All Night” — My Fair Lady
4. “It’s a Fine, Fine Line” — Avenue Q
5. “Moonfall” — The Mystery of Edwin Drood
6. “Home” — Beauty and the Beast
7. “Somewhere” — West Side Story
8. “The Light in the Piazza” — The Light in the Piazza
9. “How Lovely to be a Woman” — Bye Bye Birdie
10.“Matchmaker” — Fiddler on the Roof

Alto Audition Songs:

1. “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” — Grease

2. “Holding Out for a Hero” — Footloose
3. “Always True to You in My Fashion” — Kiss Me Kate
4. “Astonishing” — Little Women
5. “Welcome to the ’60s” — Hairspray
6. “Pulled” — The Addams Family
7. “All for You” — Seussical
8. “I’m Not At All in Love” — The Pajama Game
9. “Mama Who Bore Me” — Spring Awakening
10.“Beautiful” — Carole King’s Beautiful

RELATED: How to Sing High Notes

Musical Songs for Tenors:

1. “Maria” — West Side Story

2. “Magic Foot” — The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
3. “I Believe” — Book of Mormon
4. “Almost Like Being in Love” — Brigadoon
5. “Close Every Door” — Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
6. “Santa Fe” — Newsies
7. “Fortune Favors the Brave” — Aida
8.“Some Enchanted Evening” — South Pacific
9.“Dancing Through Life” — Wicked
10. “When the Sun Goes Down” — In the Heights

Good Audition Songs for Bass Singers:

1. “I Wanna be a Producer” — The Producers

2. “Try to Remember” — The Fantasticks
3. “The Music of the Night” — The Phantom of the Opera
4. “Comedy Tonight” — A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum
5. “Ol’ Man River” — Showboat
6. “Coffee Shop Nights” — Curtains
7. “Mr. Cellophane” — Chicago
8. “My Defenses Are Down” — Annie Get Your Gun
9. “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life” — Spamalot
10. “Edelweiss” — The Sound of Music

SEE ALSO: How to Sing Better Instantly

More Musical Theatre Songs for Male and Female:

1. “On Broadway” — All that Jazz

2. “Man of La Mancha” — Man of La Mancha
3. “Take Me or Leave Me” — Rent
4. “Heaven On Their Minds” — Jesus Christ Superstar
5. “One” — A Chorus Line
6. “Another Hundred People” — Company
7. “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man (of Mine)” — Showboat
8. “Before the Parade Passes By” — Hello Dolly
9. “It’s De-lovely” — Anything Goes
10. “Who Will Buy” — Oliver!

Tips for Musical Theatre Auditions

Once you’ve picked your perfect musical theatre audition song, keep the following tips in mind to sing better and make a good impression:

  • As you prepare, remember the typical 16-bar and 32-bar cuts, and make sure your song fits appropriately.
  • When you step into the audition, introduce yourself, smile, and be pleasant! Directors sit through many, many auditions, and you want to catch their attention in a positive way.
  • Consider preparing both uptempos and ballads, no matter what show or part you are auditioning for. You never know what the director is looking for!

There are so many good musical songs out there, but the list above includes many songs that are appropriate to sing for contemporary musical theatre auditions today.

If you would like a professional’s guidance as you learn how to sing any of these songs from musicals, feel free to schedule a singing lesson today!

LizTPost Author: Liz T.
Liz T. teaches singing and acting lessons online. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and currently performs/teaches all styles of music including Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, and Country. Learn more about Liz here!

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How to Find Audition Songs That Make You Shine

How to Select the Best Audition Songs

Need help selecting the perfect song for an upcoming audition? Finding the right song can take time — and there’s a lot to consider as you decide!

Even if you’re comfortable in the spotlight and don’t suffer from stage fright, there’s often a long, arduous process to prepare for an audition.

As a professional vocal coach, I can share two secrets to making it all easier. In fact, these two things make auditioning downright enjoyable!

  1. First of all, treat each and every audition like a performance. Why? Because it is a performance! Approach it like you have the job already.
  2. Second, you need to select an audition song that best shows you off.

But, how do you choose the perfect song to sing? Here are the 10 things I recommend thinking about as you look for the best audition songs.

How to Pick the Best Audition songs

Consider Your Voice Type

Is your voice low and rich? If you’re auditioning for a band, you better leave the Beatles tunes at home (Paul and John were tenors, the higher male voice).

What about ladies? Higher-voiced females auditioning for a band may have a harder time finding repertoire, as most commercial music features mid- and lower-voiced females, but it can be done!

The best way to learn how to sing for your voice is to try out many different tunes. Any strain may mean it’s out of your comfortable vocal range. Your voice teacher can work with you on this, of course!

Editor’s Note: Check out these ideas for audition songs for tenors, and audition songs for altos.

Consider the type of audition

Vocal competitions are considered auditions too, and sometimes they have very strict requirements. For example, they may have you sing a song by a particular composer or a song in a particular style. Make absolutely sure you follow these rules! Once you’ve established what repertoire you can select from, the key is to choose a “crowd pleaser.”

  • Let’s use classical music for an example, since they have many vocal competitions. At the world-famous Metropolitan Opera Auditions, they like “showy” types of singing. Mozart, with all of his vocal runs, trills, and leaps, is seen as very impressive if executed well.
  • If you’re looking at a pop or rock competition, it’s a little different. Whereas classical world likes the tried and true, the best pop audition songs aren’t always the most current chart-toppers. The judges may be tired of hearing mediocre versions of Whitney songs or “Hallelujah,” also. Instead, challenge yourself and try a forgotten oldie or a song from the American Songbook.
  • Musical theatre auditions usually require a singer or actor prepare 16 or 32 bars of a song, or two contrasting excerpts. In musical theatre, you must consider your voice type, but more importantly, your TYPE! Are you a funny girl? A leading man? The femme fatale? These are all critical factors in deciding on the best audition songs to show off your skills.

One more thing worth mentioning: As prevalent in all genres, there are many overdone audition songs to avoid. Make sure you don’t make that mistake. And don’t automatically write off musicals that didn’t do well at the box office — they often have great music!

Editor’s Note: Check out these top picks for musical audition songs, based on your voice type.

Consider edits

Are they asking for a cut from a song, such as 16 or 32 bars? Some songs are much more awkward to cut than others.

To avoid the awkwardness, choose songs that are fairly simple in structure (verse-chorus-verse, for example), rather than a song that rambles like a long musical monologue (think of many of the songs from “Wicked,” for example). Simpler is always better, if you have the option!

Consider Your Age

These days, kids have great repertoire to choose from. The problem is that kids often go into competitions or auditions with songs that are inappropriate; either the song’s subject matter is too mature or the song is beyond their capabilities.

When you’re looking at popular music, it gets especially difficult as most songs deal with romantic relationships. However, there are plenty of pop songs with positive messages. Look at the repertoire of Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, or Rachel Platten.

Kids can also do well by going “old school.” Young girls can look at the music of Connie Francis, and both boys and girls can sing a lot from the Lennon/McCartney songbook.

If you’re looking at musical theatre audition songs for kids, be aware of what’s overdone. No “Annie” — ever — unless they specifically ask for it. Get a good musical theatre anthology and explore the songs that you may be unfamiliar with. For kids, the main idea should be about confidence, personality, and fun!

Consider Your Training

If you’re a novice singer, there are plenty of good songs out there for auditions! The Great American Songbook is a great place to start for commercial music singers. Classical art songs (not big, technically-challenging arias) are best for those new to the world of classical or opera — especially for competitions.

Try not to bite off more than you can chew. You’ll want to choose repertoire that you’ll be able to sing fairly well, even on days that aren’t so great (i.e. if you’re sick or tired).

But of course, the more you progress, the bigger your repertoire pool will be! Your teacher and other music professionals will be a big help in this journey.

Consider Your Gender

While there’s quite a bit of freedom in what either gender can sing in rock, pop, and jazz, it’s not the same for classical and musical theatre.

I’ll never forget the judges shaking their heads at a vocal contest when a young baritone sang “Addio del passato,” from the opera “La Traviata.” This is an aria meant for a light soprano! He’d never perform that role on the stage, so that’s why it’s not a good idea to present it in an audition or a competition!

Editor’s Note: Take a look at these top audition songs for boys for specific recommendations.

Consider Your Personality

If you’re a shy, young soprano, it may be a challenge to do a sassy number like “All That Jazz,” for example. Likewise, a character actor type shouldn’t go walking in with a tenor power ballad — that may confuse people!

Know yourself and be proud to be yourself. There’s room for everyone out there — young, old, funny, sexy, nerdy — you name it. Playing “against a type” will get you nowhere and you’ll find you don’t land the gigs you want!

Consider attention spans

This is similar to selecting your audition song based on the required cuts, but also keep your audience in mind. Your audition panel has been listening to singers all day long and doesn’t really want to have to cut you off.

Singing a shorter song is fine, as long as it shows off what you’ve got! Less is sometimes more. The judges often know all they need to about a singer in a surprisingly short amount of time.

Consider preparation time

Frantically learning a new song before an audition doesn’t always work. If you have already found audition songs that show you off, by all means use one of them if it fits the audition requirements! Otherwise, there is more room for error (lyric flubs, weak high notes, etc.). I recommend that every singer maintains a book of the best audition songs they’ve worked on, ready to go at any time.

And finally…

Do you love your audition song?

No? Then don’t do it. Period. Your audience can always tell if you’re not into it. Since there are so many songs out there, there’s no excuse for doing something you dislike just because it may fit your voice. You have to connect with all of your songs!

mollyrPost Author: Molly R.
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!