Audition Anxiety

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Get in some “practice auditions” to reduce your AA – says Mark Baxter.

So you’ve been singing for your friends and on YouTube for a few years and always receive compliments. Now an opportunity has come up that could let you sing “for real” with a band or in a show.

Audition anxiety affects every singer who dares to venture out of the safety of the shower stall

It’s a dream come true, right?

So why is it that your palms are wet and your mouth is dry as you arrive at the audition?

There’s no getting around it, AA (audition anxiety) affects every singer who dares to venture out of the safety of the shower stall. The good news is that anxiety means you care; you really want the gig. The bad news is that nerves can undermine your singing if left unchecked. The trick to overcoming audition anxiety is preparation.

Of course you know to practice the song you’ll be singing – but there’s more. You also have to practice auditioning.

Placing yourself under the microscope of an audition is the only way to discover how you perform under the microscope of an audition. It doesn’t matter if you are interested in what an audition is for or not. With this mindset, losing is just as valuable as winning. Both provide insight to your strengths and weaknesses.

The only way to really beat the shakes is to be familiar with what it feels like to audition

In the pressure of an audition, that little voice inside your head will remind you of every flaw you didn’t deal with when preparing. Things can unravel if you then assume the others in the room hear that same little voice. Luckily people can’t read minds, but they do observe behavior. And the only way to really beat the shakes is to be familiar with what it feels like to audition.

You know the cliché – practice makes perfect.

So get in some “practice auditions” to reduce your AA and be triple C (cool, calm and collected) when the big one comes around.


 The Ultimate Guide to SingingMark is a contributor to The Ultimate Guide to Singing Available in print and Kindle versions in the US, the UK and across the world.

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Mark Baxter has worked as a coach with Aerosmith, Journey, Goo Goo Dolls — and many others. He is the author of The Rock-n-Roll Singer’s Survival, creator of The Singer’s Toolbox instructional DVD, Sing Like an Idol instructional CD. Mark operates vocal studios in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and online via Skype. Visit his website: VoiceLesson


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