Auditioning from Home

As circumstances have pushed performing arts colleges to find alternatives to standard auditions, online auditions are now one of the few solutions left. Called self-taping, this online audition process allows us, as well as many other colleges worldwide, to evaluate potential students.

Perfecting your recording

Self-taping requires a bit of effort to make sure the recording you are submitting is as polished as possible. Not only should you focus on the actual audition instructions, but you should also be mindful of the overall quality of your recording.

Arrange your space

When it comes to filming, make sure you have arranged the space around you to be as neutral as possible.

For example, and it may seem obvious, but it is necessary to be reminded: make sure you remove piles of clothes, make your bed, tell anyone else in the room to leave, or even take any pets out of the room. Anything that might distract or disturb your performance, or distract the panellists viewing your recording.

Optimise the recording quality

With self-recording, the expectations are not ones of a professional-quality video. However, there are some tips that must be taken into account to ensure the final recording is of receivable quality.

Make sure you are filming in a well-lit room, whether it is natural or artificial light. Be careful of the light source not being directly aimed at the camera objective, as it will “blind” it, and therefore will not allow it to focus and adjust.

Before filming, check for any echo in the room. When singing and dancing on recording, an echo can not only affect your performance but also lowers the quality of the recording if it is too strong. Also, check for any background noises before recording.

Finally, make sure your camera is placed at the correct angle. This is even more important for the dancing part of your audition, as dancing around might lead to you being out of frame if the angle is not right.

Set a take limit

Since you are providing the recording yourself, you might be tempted to record as many takes as necessary until you are satisfied with the result. However, contrary to what you may think, this will not benefit you. In real-life auditions, you get one shot. When it’s time to self-record, we would encourage you to set a limit for yourself on the number of takes you record. This will be valuable training for future auditions and is good practice to give everything you’ve got on the first try.

Jazzart self-recording requirements

Our audition process has temporarily switched to home-auditions. Using the tips and advice described above, our requirements for self-recording auditions are the following:

Musical Theatre

  1. Song any style – showing your range and performance/ character (max 1.5 minutes)
  2. Short monologue or poem suitable for age group (1 Minute)
  3. A short movement sequence – highlighting your ability (dancers)or creativity (non-dancers)
  4. Film a short resume of your performance/ training experience stating your dreams and ambitions in performing arts

Dance

  1. 1-minute dance any style showing your flexibility
  2. 1-minute dance in a contrasting style showing performance quality.
  3. Film a short resume of your performance/ training experience stating your dreams and ambitions in performing arts

Please ensure you dress appropriately for all disciplines.

We hope our expert advice on self-recording will help the true superstar in you shine! For any additional questions on the Jazzart audition process, please get in touch with us through our Facebook page or Jazzartuk.mail@gmail.com!