If you’ve ever been to a New York City Dance Alliance convention, you’ve probably taken a lyrical class with Grace Buckley. So you already know how awesome, talented, and creative she is. But a bit more about Grace: She grew up dancing in New York City and went to Colgate University for college. Since graduating, she has been working and traveling with NYCDA, the Bad Boys of Dance, DeMa Dance Company, and Willow Oak Contemporary Ballet.
So needless to say Grace knows what’s up when it comes to acing — and running — auditions. Here’s her top tryout advice. (Take notes!)
1. First things first: Be prepared! Bring everything you think might need, and things you don’t. It will give you peace of mind while you’re there, and a leg up should the casting team ask for something unexpected.
2. Be brave. If you need something, don’t be afraid to ask someone, whether it be the holding room monitor, whoever is running the audition, or another dancer. Additionally, be brave enough to make yourself seen once you’re in the room, which brings me to number three…
3. It’s OK to act like you want the job. That’s an assumption that can be made about everyone who attends an audition, why else would you be there? There’s no need to play hard to get!
4. No matter how great you might feel about an audition, you don’t always get the results you were hoping for. So audition again. I learned this from a choreographer who is constantly holding auditions here in NYC, who said it’s great to see dancers return and improve. You may not have been right for the job before, but you’re hopefully not the same dancer you were when you first auditioned!
5. It’s harsh, but learn to accept rejection. There are countless reasons why you may not book a job, most of which are out of your control. But if you believe in yourself and your talent, and put the best version of that person in the room, it won’t go unnoticed. So even if the answer is no, that’s something you can always feel good about it!