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Performing Arts High School Auditions: First Steps

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?

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New Monologue and Song Recommendation Tool

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.

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The Art and Importance of Asking for Feedback

In my book, the number one thing that separates good actors from great actors is their ability to hear and respond to feedback. But who is telling artists what they need to hear? There is something amazing that happens when you get cast in a show: you inherit a director.

Suddenly, you have someone to shape your work, and help you see beyond your own limitations. You have a person who is on your side, but is being paid to push you. That person is allowed to question your choices, encourage you to do more and be more, and ask you to reach further inside to make the piece stronger, as a whole. Like a football coach, your director helps you find the plays and puts you in the best position for overall success.

But what about the other ninety percent of your career? All that time when you are trying to get the gig. Ladies and gentlemen —-THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO ASK FOR FEEDBACK.

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Audition Material That’s Right for YOU

I have found, both in my life as a creative and in my career in casting that there are two kinds of people: those who love auditioning and those that would rather eat glass, but know they must audition in order to work. Either way, auditioning is a necessary evil, if you want to be a professional actor. There is just no way around it. If you are a person who loves auditioning, consider yourself blessed.

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