Question of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
How versed are you in audition etiquette?
If you have ever shown up to an audition with a music binder for your pianist containing single-sided sheets, bass notes indecipherable, and worse…pages in PLASTIC, then you have a thing or two to review other than your cadenzas! Music should always be double-sided, hole-punched, and all notes on the page should be crystal clear (not a fraction of a note missing). Also, make sure the ink is dark enough and that the music is not slanted at all on the page.
Arrive at least 20 minutes before your audition. Some people actually like to arrive like 11 years before their audition, and that’s all good too. Gives you a chance to christen the bathroom if you’re THAT kind of nervous. Just remember to bring a fresh scented powder to neutralize the air after your dump.
Always bring a current copy of your resume and head shot. I know, sometimes companies make no indication that they want it, but you should still have it just in case they ask. It’s so embarrassing to be caught without it, trust me. Plus, it comes in handy even if you just use it for your own personal reference if you have to fill out any informational paperwork before the audition. Another thing I’m hearing lately is that classy paper is a must. Nothing too flamboyant, just a heavier, higher quality paper.
Last, but never least in this business, dress professionally and dress the part. If you have any doubts, consult our fashionista, Christie Connolley. (Remember you can email her directly.)
Happy auditioning! Please add your advice in the comments section below to help out our young’uns.