Your technique has never felt better, you’ve been nailing your “tricks,” and you’ve even been freestyling in your “spare time.” You had the right outfit, your hair was perfectly in character (or at least abiding by the rules), and you just felt good.
But then…you blew it.
At least in your mind.
Here’s how to handle a few common OMG Audition moments…
- You show up for the ballet audition wearing a really lovely mint green leotard and a matching skirt. Everyone else is wearing a plain black leotard and pink tights. Crap. First step: Ask everyone you see if you can borrow a black leotard and pink tights! Many dancers pack extras. Put on your sweetest smile and ask — or beg — for a loaner outfit. You’ll probably get lucky. If no one can or is willing to lend a hand, don’t leave. Seek out someone in charge and explain yourself. The casting team won’t be thrilled you didn’t read carefully enough to see there was a dress code, but you can own up to your misstep and be professional about it. Just don’t lie — or cry. Stay professional and tell them you’d like a shot to prove to them — beyond your outfit — why you’re the best dancer for the job. And then knock it out of the park. Er, studio.
- You get through the first part of the audition fine, and you learn the choreography and you think you’ve got it down. But every time you’re put on the spot, you choke. You freeze. You go left when you were supposed to go right. The best thing you can do is recover smartly. Don’t get flustered. Keep going. Keep smiling (or emoting — whatever the choreo calls for). The casting team wants to see a dancer who doesn’t freak out when she messes up, so don’t be that girl. Pick up where you left off. If you repeatedly forgot or messed up the choreography, the harsh reality is that the team may not be super impressed with your tryout. Before you leave, thank the team for seeing you, and briefly say something like, “I let the choreography get the best of me today, but I hope you saw something in me that I know I can deliver if I’m given the chance. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.”
- That’s probably not true! There’s a reason auditions break dancers down into small groups. Instead of panicking and thinking you weren’t seen, remember that oftentimes auditions are videotaped so the casting team can play it back over and over and over for the chance to see every dancer in the room. And remember, no matter where you stand — though getting a spot up front is best! — dancing full-out will send their eyes in your direction. Confidence is key!
The most important thing to remember when it comes to the post-audition process is that you can’t change how the audition went. Don’t spend hours — or days — obsessing over every move you made. You went for it, it’s over, and there will be another audition right around the corner. Remember to always be polite and say thank you to the audition team for seeing you, and then leave the audition at the door. Use every audition as an opportunity to learn, grow, and gain valuable experience.
Onto the next!