Singer Audition Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

If you’re an aspiring singer, it’s important to know what to do and what not to do at an audition. Auditioning is nerve-wracking enough as it is; don’t make it any worse by doing something that could be avoided. Here are some tips on how to have a successful experience when you go in front of the people who matter most: the directors and musicians.

The Do’s

Be prepared.

Before you walk into your first audition, make sure that you research the music. Read through the lyrics and listen to the song several times so that you don’t forget anything. Record yourself performing it. If it’s a contemporary piece, listen to several different versions of it so that you can get an idea of what the style is like. The style should match the character and vice versa: if a character is supposed to be angry or upset, make sure that your audition piece reflects this emotion in its tone a fast-paced rock ballad won’t work for a depressed girl singing about her breakup because it won’t reflect her mood.

Breathe properly and warm up your voice

Always arrive at least 30 minutes early. That way, you can check in and get settled before the audition starts. It’s important to get in your warm-up and ensure everything is working on your instrument before starting an audition. You should also have time to meet with the accompanist if there is one, as well as any other accompanists or drummers who might be present during auditions. This helps reduce stress later when it comes time to sing.

Prepare two to three songs, each in different styles

When preparing for an audition, you should choose two to three songs in a variety of styles. You can’t know what the casting directors are looking for until the day of your audition. So it’s important that you prepare songs that showcase your vocal range and style, as well as ones that will allow them to see how well they would fit into a particular role or musical genre.

Prepare two or three songs in different styles, but make sure each one is appropriate for the show that you are auditioning for. If asked what kind of music interests them, many actors will mention all genres without thinking about whom they are talking to but it is better to take care when making these kinds of statements.

Bring bottled water

Hydration is essential, so don’t drink too much or too little. Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks (coffee and tea), and acidic foods such as citrus fruits for at least two hours before the audition. If you are sick or have a cold, wait until you feel better to sing.

Make eye contact with the director and musicians, but don’t forget to look at the audience from time to time, as well.

As you sing your audition piece, it’s important to make eye contact with the director and musicians. However, don’t forget to look at the audience from time to time as well. Making eye contact with the audience is a sign of confidence and professionalism, as well as respect for them. It also shows that you are engaged in what you’re doing you’re not just going through the motions or performing on autopilot.

Be yourself

It may sound obvious, but the best way to be successful in an audition is to be yourself! This means being confident, open to change, and ready to learn. You will work with a team of professionals who are there to help you develop your talent and craft. They want you to succeed just as much as you do. Your first step towards being great is being comfortable with who you are right now and knowing where your strengths lie. If there’s something that comes naturally or easily, embrace it! If there’s something that’s challenging for you (like sight reading music or performing under pressure), practice until it becomes easier over time.

The Don’ts

Be late

It’s a simple concept, but one that can really make or break your chances of getting the part. If you’re late for an audition, you have no excuse and will likely be written off immediately by the casting director or producer. If you’re late to a meeting with someone who could further your career, they’ll think less of you as a professional, which may affect their willingness to help in the future. The same goes for if you’re late for any performance or rehearsal; there are plenty of others who would love to take your place.

Wear a costume

While it might seem like an obvious don’t, many singers do this anyway. We’ve had people come in dressed as a clown, a tiger, and even Marilyn Monroe. These are not costumes that would be appropriate for an audition and they rarely impress the judges. Singers should wear comfortable clothes that fit properly and show off their body type tastefully (or at least don’t draw attention to any physical flaws). This way you’re more likely to appear confident instead of hiding behind some kind of disguise! If you want your performance to really shine through, be yourself the real you! the same goes for things like belts or scarves no matter how much swag you have going on with your outfit, leave these items at home so they don’t distract from what matters most: your voice.

Talk about yourself too much

You should be confident and comfortable talking about yourself, but don’t overdo it. Don’t tell the directors how long you’ve been singing or how many shows you’ve been in. It’s not necessary to discuss your musical history. Also, don’t go on and on about how much you love the director’s work or how excited you are to be auditioning for their show this will come off as disingenuous and fake.

Sing from the very top or bottom of your range

Singing too high or too low can cause you to sound strained, and that’s not what you want when auditioning for a choir. Singing too high will make it difficult for you to control your pitch, and you may also sound breathy. If you sing too low, it will be hard for the audition panel to hear your tone clearly which means they won’t be able to evaluate your voice as effectively.

Be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something that’s happening in the audition room.

If you’re not sure that you understand the task or direction, ask. You are there to audition, and so they want to help you do your best. It is also important to be able to perform with confidence in order for them to see how well prepared you are. If you need more time for preparation or rehearsal with the accompanist, ask for it!

If a singer does not appear prepared (not knowing the music or lyrics), then this can negatively affect their chances of being cast in a show.

Forget about your audience when you’re performing.

Don’t forget about your audience when you’re performing. Auditions are not just about you. They are a time for the judges, your teacher, and the audience to see how well you perform onstage. The audience is also important because they can help or hinder what happens when it comes time for them to make their decision based on what they saw during the audition process.

The best way to approach an audition is to be prepared and confident so that if there’s a hiccup and let’s face it: there will be hiccups you can recover gracefully without losing focus on what matters most: showcasing how talented and professional you are as an artist.


Auditioning is as much about being in tune with yourself as it is singing in tune with the music. Auditioning is as much about being in tune with yourself as it is singing in tune with the music. You need to be on your game, mentally and physically.

When you’re auditioning for a musical, don’t forget that the director will be watching you from his or her chair. While he or she may let you know if there are any problems later on, most directors will give an immediate signal (usually by dropping a pen) if there are any problems at all during your performance. Pay attention! Talk to each other after auditions musicians can help you understand what went wrong and how to fix it for next time.

As you can see, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to preparing for your next audition. Whether you’re preparing for an open call or a private session with the director and producer, it’s important that you take the time necessary before leaving the house. The last thing anyone wants is for their first impression at an audition to be negative because they were unprepared or unaware of what was expected of them! By winning the audition you can make money in the music industry. Auditioning gives you the opportunity to meet top music celebrities and can also help you get contracts from them.

We hope these tips have given you some insight into what it takes to prepare yourself effectively in order to have an amazing audition experience. Remember, your unique voice is what can set you apart from other performers. Good luck and nail that audition!

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