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The Upcoming Talent Show: How to Audition

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at SCAD chapter.

The SCAD Student Activities Council, or SAC for short, has been putting up flyers about the talent show that will be happening in early April! Auditions are being held on Wednesday, April 2nd at 8:30pm in the Student Center. There’s no limit to the acts – whether you sing, dance, act, do stand-up comedy, juggle, whatever! If you’ve got something you want to showcase, this talent show is the place to do that. That being said, auditioning for anything is nerve wracking! So, if you’re interested in the talent show, how do you do it? How can you simply walk into the audition and slay it?

As somebody who’s been working in theater and theater arts since childhood, I will honestly tell you that those nerves don’t go completely away. It’s impossible to be fully confident when you’re showcasing a personal talent, no matter what it is. You want to impress the people in front of you, show them that you’re good enough to be put into that damn talent show! And, thankfully, that isn’t too hard to do.

The first thing you’ll want to do before an audition is prepare and practice. For instance, if you’re going to sing, pick two songs and practice both of them, by yourself and then in front of a few close friends. It’s never bad to have a backup song, in case the judges want to hear more, and if you already have a second piece prepared right off the bat, it’s sure to impress them! That, plus the practice on both songs, will go off an air of confidence and readiness that is sure to shine through.

Another thing to do before an audition is loosen up! The people who are running the audition are just that – people! Be yourself, smile, stand tall, and speak clearly. First impressions and the overall vibe you give off can affect how you’re perceived and can change the mood of the audition. By being friendly and keeping things light, the atmosphere will be positive and comfortable – the perfect performance space.

As always, be sure to have some water before or on hand during the audition, depending on the act you’ll be auditioning with! Doesn’t matter if you’re singing or balancing on your head – water is always important!

To signup for the talent show, head over to blog.scad.edu and if you have any questions, send an email over to activity@scad.edu. Remember to prepare, practice, and be yourself and you’re sure to give a memorable performance! Break a leg!