Can You ‘Fake’ Audition Confidence Easily?

For some, walking into an audition room, their head held high, is easy. They can effortlessly showcase their talent, revelling in the opportunity of performing in front of an audition panel. Oozing confidence, they soar through the audition, enjoying every minute.

I’m not one of them.

Rather, I stumble into audition rooms, overdosed on adrenaline. I’ll happily stand at the back of the room, counting down the seconds until I can exit, only to complain about how ‘awfully I did’ on the journey home.

Well, at least, that was me until I realised that you can literally ‘fake’ confidence. I discovered that, although I may never actually feel confident in an audition, I could put on an act to pretend that I did. And it works.

Audition panels not only look for people that are talented, but are looking for people with the ability of actually being able to display this confidently.

Believe it or not, but you can look confident without actually feeling confident. And here’s how.

firstly, you must understand what makes someone appear confident:

  • FOCUS– Being able to concentrate shows that you feel relaxed, yet engaged – you’re fully aware of what’s going on. The more that you can stand tall, relax, avoid fidgeting and take note of what’s going on, the more confident and comfortable you will look.
  • QUALITY- Somebody that is nervous will perform quickly and cautiously, forgetting their technique and just going through the motions. They can’t concentrate, therefore panicking, stumbling their way through the audition.
  • EAGERNESS- Somebody who volunteers to dance in the front line, or go first in corner exercises looks far more confident than the person who lulls around in the back. The panel want to see individuals who can not only pick up the material quickly, but are then confident enough to be one of the first who shows it.
  • TEAMWORK- Most auditions include aspects of teamwork (E.g. creating an example of choreography as a group). Your ability to contribute, suggest ideas and listens to others, is what makes you appear confident, friendly and knowledgeable.

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO TO ACHIEVE THIS?

  • FOCUS- Everybody has their own little fidget they do when they get nervous. This could be tugging on your leotard, playing with your hair, clenching your fists or not being able to stand still. Whatever it is, once you are aware of what you are doing, it is to easy to recognise and eventually eliminate it. The next time you are in a nerve-wracking situation, try to suss out if there are any little nervous actions you are doing. You’ll probably repeat them multiple times a minute, and will likely be completely unaware of them. Once you are aware of the fidgeting that you are doing, you can actively try to stop yourself from doing it. The minute you stop, you will instantly appear more confident. This is because fidgeting is a visual representation of your nervousness, which the panel can spot from a mile off.
  • QUALITY- Nerves have a wonderful ability of making you panic about everything. Literally everything. Therefore, when you are expected to learn and perform something at an audition that you’ve never seen before, of course you’re going to freak out about it. You’ll probably find that you can’t focus on what you’re actually doing now, you’ll just be thinking about what comes next. In the cases of dance, focus on what movement you’re doing right now. It’s great to be thinking about what step follows the one that you’re currently executing, but don’t let this take away from what step you’re currently doing. Dance in the moment. For example, if you have to do a turn, just think about making that turn perfect- don’t worry about the high kick that comes next. Focus on what you’re doing right now and your quality will improve straight away. Focus, focus , focus.
  • EAGERNESS- Now, you’re probably expecting this to say something along the lines of ‘Put yourself right at the front of the audition room and volunteer to go first for everything’. But the thing is, if this doesn’t make you confident, then don’t do it. Yes, it would be amazing if you did feel completely comfortable in doing this, but I certainly wouldn’t suggest it otherwise. Remember, the panel are looking for confidence, not arrogance. If you’re stood in the second row back for the entirety of the audition and are feeling confident, then that is so much better than forcing yourself to the front and hating every minute. Work out how you feel on the day and then adjust your position accordingly.
  • TEAMWORK- Regardless of who you’re asked to work with, just try to engage. Suggest answers, listen, bounce off each other and collaborate. Your ability to suggest and challenge ideas shows that not only are you confident in yourself, but you are also confident enough to share this with a whole group of people.

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