Whether it’s a presentation, an audition or a performance there are a number of things that can help you get your listener’s attention and secure their interest.
1. If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control — myself. ~ Stephen R. Covey
There are aspects within an audition that you can control, and things you can’t. You have no control over the fact that the director might be in a foul mood because they were stuck in traffic all morning and didn’t get their coffee, but you can control the fact your material is well-rehearsed and well-prepared. You have no power over the personality of your audience or the way they choose to respond to your performance but you have every power over your own personality. How you choose to behave in that situation is really the only thing you can control.
2. The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable. ~ Robert Henri
If you want success, be in the moment — don’t contrive, it won’t work. If you are in the present moment then the magic will happen because you are focussed on delivering the piece. Don’t spend your energy worrying about what that person is writing down about you, or whether they think you’re any good. If you do, it will pull you out of the moment and you’ll no longer be focussed on delivering your best.
3. What people in the world think of you is really none of your business. ~ Martha Graham
Ultimately you cannot control what your audience thinks of you. That is their decision to make, not yours. So be the best you can be and let the results have whatever impact they do depending on the way the listener decides to hear it. You can’t try and win someone’s approval, which leads us to…
4. Never seek approval from your audience — it won’t work. They will just think you’re strange. ~ Robert Forbes (Singing Teacher)
Have you ever tried to be something you know you’re not in a social situation? It frequently ends badly because you aren’t being yourself. People will see through it and they won’t believe you. It’s the same in an audition. If you try and be the version of yourself you think they want to see it won’t work. Even if it does, they discover the real you at some point down the line and you’ll end up with egg on your face.
5. Whatever art form you’re working in, it’s crucial to see it clearly, to feel it clearly, and not to worry about the results, or how someone else will see it. ~ Omar Epps
If you aim for a preconceived outcome, you won’t enjoy the process; when you take short cuts because you’re worrying about the final product, you miss stuff — usually the best stuff.
6. The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. ~ Ferdinand Foch
You can convince your audience in many ways (your suitability for the role, your body language, good technique, vocal clarity, your use of language, your boundless knowledge about the subject, etc.) but once you’ve walked out of that room the thing that is most likely to stay in their mind is your energy: your passion and drive. If you shine, then people want a piece of that and they’ll want to see you again. The impact on them will mean they will want to see more.
At the end of the day, you can only control your side of the bargain, so do your best on that side but let go of the need to control what everyone else thinks. It will save you a lot of energy and you’ll come across a lot better in that audition. Whether you’re right for the role or not you’ve got a much better chance of being invited back next time