Auditions are one of the more excruciating examples of moments in life when you have to reach outside of your comfort zone and perform. Not only do they test your ability to keep it together under pressure, they also force you to adapt to a new environment. None of this is easy but you will have a much easier time if you have a system in place. In one scene from WISH, the main character, Indigo, experiences the most important audition of her life. Here are a few of the things that work for her:
RULE #1: Be prepared. The night before an audition, Indigo goes over her checklist to make sure she has everything she might need in the case of unexpected complications. It’s a long list! But then, anyone who’s ever carted around a dance bag knows you can’t go anywhere without the essentials: hair spray (or other hair-taming products), brush, bobby pins, hair nets, multiple leotards and tights, warmup clothes, ballet slippers, pointe shoes, snacks, water bottle, sewing kit, first-aid kit, reading material or book (in case you get stuck waiting around), makeup…you get the point. Get organized the night before and be prepared for any and all eventualities.
RULE #2: Act as if. Visualization is one of Indigo’s favorite tools. She uses it anytime she needs to refocus her mind or reinforce an idea into her subconscious to make it stick. Visualization is a way to make things more real – and is the first step to bringing anything to life. Everything that exists began first as an idea. The more you visualize anything, the more likely you are to achieve that result. Use it anytime you feel your confidence slip. Indigo visualizes herself dancing through a part and succeeding on a test. It bcomes real in her mind. Act as if until it happens.
RULE #3: Get support. Although Indigo doesn’t get a lot of support from her parents, she’s lucky to have Miss Roberta in her life because Miss Roberta has gone through many of the same things Indigo is dealing with. In Indigo’s case, Miss Roberta really is the best person to turn to for support because her advice and teaching is backed by real-life experience. Most challenging moments go a lot better when we have guidance or just someone who’s on our side. It always helps to know you’re not alone.
RULE #4: Stay focused. Auditions are nerve-wracking by definition: you walk into a completely unfamiliar environment and see a bunch of other people going after the same thing you want. Talk about uncomfortable. Once Indigo gets over her initial feelings of shock, she gets down to business. She follows her usual routine of getting dressed, checking and perfecting her appearance and warming up. She stays focused on her process instead of getting caught up in what others are doing.
RULE #5: Give 101%. Indigo put a lot of extra time into training and building strength before her audition and it’s put to the test. However, she knows that this audition is a rare opportunity so she must push herself to her limit and give her absolute best. No matter what the outcome, if you’ve given your best then there are no regrets.