Now, dreaming big is amazing. I’m a massive believer that you can literally achieve anything you desire, so long as you’re willing to work for it.
However, it’s so important to realise and accept your abilities and limitations. Attending an audition that is way above your standard can result in a massive dose of confidence-knocking, potentially being harmful to your self-esteem.
Fortunately, there are a variety of simple ways to gauge whether a certain audition is right for you.
So the thing that I always bang on about is the importance of doing research.
As dull as it can be, thoroughly researching an institute or company that you’re auditioning for can be the difference between success or failure. A huge amount of performing arts schools, universities and companies post a magnitude of videos of their work online – which you can use to your absolute advantage. Take time to have a proper look at such videos, assessing whether or not their material is something that not only intrigues you, but is something that, potentially, you will be capable of. Keep in mind that you will have the chance to work up to that standard, so don’t worry if you’re not quite there yet.
The second thing you can do is to get someone else’s opinion. If you’re planning on auditioning for a particular performing arts college or university, the chances are that you may know a dance/singing/drama teacher who knows of the institute that you are applying for. They may be able to give you an indication of whether it’s the appropriate level for you, plus any other tips for auditioning.
Above all of this, the very best way to gauge whether you’re at the suitable level for auditioning is attending an open day, summer school or audition insight workshop. A vast amount of higher education performing arts universities and colleges offer such opportunities, which are sometimes even free of charge. Not only does this allow you to check out the standard of the school, but also gives you the chance to quiz the teachers and mingle with other prospective students. Take a look a the institute’s website to see whether they offer such courses.
Good luck for all of your auditions!