I am often told that I look at things negatively (I personally think that I observe the issues in order to put them right, but I can see how that can be seen as focusing on the negative). So I thought I would just go completely negative and document 5 mistakes that I made in today’s audition:
- I called a panel member by the wrong name – actually I called someone else by the wrong name in front of the panel, which was the name of one of my prospective directors, all very confusing.
- I chose the wrong song to sing – a song that I have used a lot in auditions because I am confident about it, having trained it a lot. However, the said song is an American song and the audition was for some very English shows. It didn’t help that I sang my song in an American accent! I have since discovered that I can only sing songs in an American accent, I blame Madonna and Britney Spears for that.
- I couldn’t think of a British folk song – be honest, on the spot, can you?!? This happened after the aforementioned American song incident, when they asked me to sing something else. I have now checked wikipedia and I still don’t know any British Folk songs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:English_folk_songs.
- I went out of key singing happy birthday. The whole song choice thing left me a bit thrown and I was concentrating so hard on singing in RP that I wasn’t really prepared for the high note in Happy Birthday!
- My monologues weren’t “fiery” enough, so the panel gave me another monologue to learn and deliver to them 10 mins later. This is a bit of good and bad, my initial performances must have been ok, otherwise they wouldn’t have asked me to read more.
I will let you know if I get that call – if I do, I have a feeling that it will be a non-singing role!
What are your “bad audition” stories? Leave your stories in the comments…..