Interview and audition top tips from college lecturers

So you’ve made your college application and now you have been invited for an interview or an audition, well done! To help you out we’ve talked to a few lecturers to find out what makes a good interview, and how you can be as prepared as possible for when you apply to college.

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Confidence

The one trait that all lecturers want to see in their applicants is confidence. Confidence in yourself, and the subject you want to study. Ethelinda, Curriculum Manager of Performing Arts says what makes a good audition is confidence: “Demonstrate confidence by walking in with a good posture and smile.”

Preparation

Laurie Crump, a lecturer in Creative Industries, says that preparation is the key to a good audition. “Know the musical pieces you are going to perform really well, so that you are able to enjoy playing them.” Also remember to bring all of the necessary equipment as indicated in your invitation letter – and lots of enthusiasm!

Ethelinda says that, depending on what you are auditioning for, you will need your movement clothes, your monologue and anything that you think will support you. Water, warm clothing or props for your character, and shoes if needed. Also, get to know your character. If you have the whole play or script, read it all to know where you’re coming from, scan for clues that will help you to recreate this character. If not, use your own best judgement. “Connect with your character and give it your all”.

Clarissa, who is a lecturer in childcare, says a positive and friendly attitude is essential, plus some knowledge of the course they are applying for. “Preparation is a must! Read a little about the profession and think about how you can relate to your own experiences.”

Let your personality shine

When asked about acting and theatre auditions, Ethelinda says that your personality is what is going to win you the audition or interview. “Make sure you always be yourself and let people know that there is something unique and new about your character; something that only YOU can bring into the role.”

Clarissa says that applicants who are honest, keen and can explain their interest in the subject area well are the ones that are memorable. “Have a few anecdotes up your sleeve about your own childcare experiences so far”.

Show your passion

Ethelinda says that making a connection is important in your audition. “Make a connection. As soon as you’re in the room and you know who you’re going to be reading with make sure you connect with them. Maintain eye contact and make the panel believe that you know them. Take them on your journey.”

Laurie says that what makes an applicant stand out in a music interview is their interest in the subject. “An interest in music beyond your own playing or singing. Could you discuss the music you are listening to at the moment?”

Other advice

Laurie asks that all applicants for music courses thinks about how they will use their warm-up time at the audition. Also, there is no such thing as a silly question! Find out everything you need to know about the course so that you feel reassured that you are making the right choice.

Ethelinda recommends a YouTube video called Walking into the Audition Room for any applicants of performing arts to help get ready for their audition.

Clarissa says just like the first day of college, half the preparation is being mentally ready, the other is making sure you have the materials you need. Qualifications and relevant paperwork that you have been asked to bring is important too – and always bring a pen!

Good luck!