You’re a couple of months away from the start of your child’s eighth grade year. It’s summer — time for relaxing before school starts, right? Nope. Your child has decided that they want to go to a performing arts high school. So, now what? You and your child need to start your preparation now for auditions in the fall. Check out some advice from StageAgent editor and acting coach, Laura Ware.
Whether you’re auditioning for a regional production of South Pacific or the pre-Broadway workshop of the next Hamilton (Hamilton II: Peggy’s Revenge), you need to prepare your music and be able to confidently speak to an accompanist. Remember that the accompanist is your friend. The accompanist wants you to be a fantastic singer that is a joy to collaborate with. But you will need to master a few things before embarking on the all-too-brief audition journey with your new musical collaborator.
Applying to get into some high schools these days is like applying for college. Every year thousands of kids compete for a limited number of spots at performing arts high schools. Preparing for auditions is a pressure-filled process over several months that can lead to big smiles or lots of tears. But how can you prepare your child – and yourself — for this process?
When it comes to casting, much is uncertain. One thing, however, is guaranteed: if you want to land your dream role, you need to come to an audition prepared. Your monologue and song should be in a similar style and genre for the show you’re auditioning for – but not from the actual show(s). But to go even further, you should tailor your material to the role(s) you’re right for in the show/season. Luckily, you can now use StageAgent to find specific audition monologue and song recommendations based off of a character’s attributes.
There was a time when the only way for actors to get in front of casting directors and agents was to pound the pavement, day after day, dropping off paper resumes and headshots to countless offices. Today, the internet has changed casting forever by condensing information into one place; your computer. With the right knowledge and training, any actor can advance their career by finding opportunities in their local area without ever leaving their home. That’s why Young Actors Camp (YAC) offers a course specifically tailored to teach young aspiring thespians how to use sites like StageAgent to their benefit.