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Audition resources are plentiful in today's world of internet and cell phones. Couple that with the fact that the entertainment industry is booming and you have a recipe for an abundant amount of auditions for people trying to become involved in the singing industry. Once you have decided that this is a path you would like to take, you will need to take it seriously. There is a lot to learn before you go to your first singing audition. You can't be successful on talent alone, so when you go to singing auditions, you must know what to be prepared for.

There are many resources that will offer to help you find singing auditions in your local area. MiamiAuditions.com is one of those companies that can help people find free singing auditions as well. Many internet based companies offer resources to help beginners find singing auditions, but the best way has always been with an agent.

Having the right agent can make or break you in the singing industry. A good agent will have the proper connections, and pull necessary to get your feet in the door of the best casting opportunities for singing auditions. In most cases, a good agent will not consider a singer without professional experience so you may want to start somewhere small, with either free auditions, or a personal manager who can help guide you in the right direction until you're ready for an agent. If you feel you are prepared for an agent, you can choose to contact agencies and management companies who may be interested in your talents. If you would like the chance to get your feet wet first on some auditions and get a feel for the competition out there, along with a better understanding of the audition process, we can help with that too.

The audition process
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Auditioning is the most nightmarish process imaginable for casting a project, but it's the only one we have. Unless you're already a hot commodity in the industry, you're going to have to audition to keep working. No one can claim to be the expert on auditions. Every singer gets rejected. Every singer goes through times when no one wants to hire them. It's part of the business. There are three main things to keep in mind when auditioning:

  1. They want you to do well. The casting process is as exhausting and difficult for them as it is for you. They're just waiting for the right person to walk in the room so they can all go home. Seeing them as the enemy doesn't serve you. Don't let the intimidating and often unfriendly situation keep you from doing your best work.

  2. Have fun. When it comes down to it, getting the job is 1% what you do, 9% what you look like, and 90% dumb luck. Do your best to control that 1% by being prepared, but don't beat yourself up over not getting the job. Sometimes the reason you don't get hired can be totally ludicrous. You have a better chance of success if you just take the opportunity to perform and have a good time.

  3. Have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer. Confidence sells, just like in any other industry. This in no way means "be arrogant". Arrogant people aren't confident, they're just - well schmucks. Be yourself, and you'll have more to bring to the table. Be prepared and you'll have your best work to offer.
    The rest you'll learn through experience. Audition classes and workshops are available as well. Singing is one of the most rewarding professions in the entertainment industry. Work hard and stick with it, the world needs good singers and the stories they tell.

Preparing for auditions
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If you ask a casting director what matters most when a singer shows up to an audition, most will tell you that the singer needs to "be prepared" Of course, being on time is usually a positive bonus as well.

It should be obvious, but it's surprising how many singers make a bad impression with something as simple as inappropriate behavior. You have to keep in mind that casting directors already have the job, you don't. So you need to prove yourself to them, not the other way around. Some suggestions from casting directors include things like avoid unnecessary chit-chat. Don't linger in the room for too long after you sing.

A feeling of desperation is another sure way not to get a callback. Keep calm and collected, you don't want to come off as if you're begging or pleading. Consider each audition an opportunity or a chance to perform for an audience. Or walk into the audition saying, "No matter what happens, I'll do the best I can today." The casting director is not here to judge you harshly; he or she simply wants to find the perfect person for the job. Give yourself the best opportunity possible.

Sometimes singers will seek out singing coaches to prepare them for an audition. Don't over prepare though, you want to retain a substantial amount of flexibility. The bottom line is that you don't know exactly what the casting director is looking for unless is it very specific. The casting director will often ask you to sing differently, if you've become set in your ways about how you're singing, it will be difficult to change. Be comfortable with what you're doing, but be prepared to change.

Guidelines to follow when auditioning:

  1. Always know what you are auditioning for.
  2. Arrive thirty minutes prior to the audition time; this will allow ample time to check in and warm up, check out your competition.
  3. Bring at least 2 photos and resumes. Photos should reflect current physical likeness (should always be updated!)
  4. Do not chew gum (all directors hate it)
  5. When attending callbacks, always wear the same attire worn at audition. Try to do everything you did the first time because it has already worked during the first audition.
  6. Be confident, smile, always have a positive attitude
  7. Act excited about everything you asked to do

Actors/Improvisation:

  1. Be prepared for improvisation.
  2. Different voices and dialects are a plus.
  3. Prepare a dramatic and comedic monologue no more than 2 minutes in length.
  4. Note if the audition is going to provide sides.