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How to Get an American Idol Audition
By David I Marquez
Do not underestimate the value of the few seconds you get in an American Idol audition. Even thirty seconds of screen time in the audition can set the stage for your future career. So how do you get an audition? Here are a few ideas that will help ensure your chances:
Get as much knowledge of the show as you can.
• Understand how the show works
• The audition process
• What to expect
• Know the age restrictions
• Understand what forms and documents are needed
It may be beneficial to watch past seasons and read stories from previous contestants and winners to get a better idea of how the show works and what to expect. While the audition process is different for each individual, it is a good idea to get an idea of the audition process, both physically and emotionally.
Find an audition location near you. Do your research to find an audition location in your area. Contestants in the past have traveled far to audition, but there are many benefits to finding a location near you. For example, you will have family and friends close for support, you can easily find a travel buddy, you won’t put as much money into the audition and you are less likely to get homesick.
Find an audition piece. For some, this is the hardest part. Your audition piece should portray your talents, vocal range, and be easy to sing a cappella. You may choose to seek advice from a music teacher, close friend, or relative. Make a list of your top five choices and practice each of them in front of various audiences. This will provide you with feedback, give you experience, and help you get a feel for each song choice you have.
There is no such thing as too much preparation. Make a checklist of the tasks you need to complete, turn in, or practice in order to have a successful audition. Get the support of your family and friends to keep you motivated and excited about your upcoming audition. Whether you are singing in the shower, the car, or at the club, take every moment you can to practice your vocals, lines, and pitches. You may choose to video your practice performance to be able to visualize what the judges will see.
Arrive early. When it comes to an American Idol audition, there is no such thing as arriving too early. Arriving as early as the show will allow can help ensure there is time for your audition. If you are at the end of the line, you just might not make it in for an audition that season. Other benefits of arriving include less stress, more time to rehearse in front of peers, more time to meet friends along the journey, and a higher possibility of screen time when cameras capture the anxious contestants.
Have your ticket and documents ready. When the time comes to meet with the producers, it is very important you have all the documents they will request. Be sure to have your ticket, release form, wrist band, identification and other documents readily available.
Give it your all. You have prepared for this moment and are ready to claim your spot on the show. Be sure to give it your all and show the producers what you have rehearsed. Be optimistic and excited. Now is the time to put your fears behind you and show the producers all you have to offer.
For more information when trying to get into an American Idol audition you should tune in American Idol on tonight to get to know the common judge’s reactions after someone sings, the way the “good” contestants prepare when they are going on stage in front of the judges for the first time, and so forth. If you also like some new content on American Idol online go to: http://uberstarthebook.com
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