Everyone gets nervous, even the most talented people you know. Auditions are a scary process, as one mistake can potentially mess you up. I play the flute, and during covid, I’ve had many virtual auditions. Even though it’s not as bad as playing in-person, I’ve still had my fair share of audition nerves. Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite tips to help me deal with them. These can apply to anyone, dancers, actors, musicians, etc!
Take Deep Breaths
Taking deep breaths can be so incredibly helpful in calming down your nerves and getting more relaxed. Having too much anxiety can potentially be detrimental to your performance, so calming down beforehand may help you do and feel better.
Think Good Thoughts
I always find myself thinking, you can’t make a single mistake or else all your hard work will go to waste. This is not true at all, as even if you didn’t get the result you wanted, your hard work definitely benefited you. You may have learned some new techniques that will help you in the future, or you just have more experience. Thinking that something good will happen regardless is crucial to calming yourself down and having more confidence, which I’ll get to next…
Confidence is key to being your best. Hold your head up high, straighten your shoulders, and make eye contact! A little bit of confidence won’t do harm! It will help you feel better and do better.
Look At Other People’s Audition
For me, listening to other people definitely helped relax me. It’s almost like another way of preparing, as you are listening to others, finding what they did wrong or right and you can help improve yourself! It’ll help you feel that you prepared just as much as them, maybe more, and it’ll increase your confidence!
Make Sure You’re Prepared
Preparedness is the most important part of auditions. You need to prepare as much as possible in order to get the thing you want. Make sure you have everything you need to audition. They want the best, and practicing multiple times before will help you achieve that! Remember, even if you don’t feel fully prepared, you will gain experience and learn what to do next time.
These are 5 of my favorite tips for easing audition anxiety. I hope they help! Good luck with any of your upcoming auditions!