You only get one chance to make a good first impression when auditioning, so it’s important that you’re as prepared as possible. Here are some quick audition tips on everything you need to know to nail your video.
What do I need to record my video?
To record your audition, you’ll just need a smartphone or video camera and an internet connection. We also recommend a tripod or stand so the camera is steady and consistent
Be careful to angle your camera so that those watching can see your face.
Audition tips: recording
A good place to start when filming is to think about your lighting. You’ll want the judges and the audience to be able to see you clearly. You can choose to take advantage of any natural light or make use of an LED ring light for a more polished look.
These are inexpensive to purchase and, if you’re going to be regularly recording your performances and uploading them online, this will add a professional quality to your videos.
Make sure the camera is not too close and also not too far away, thus making the performance feel cramped or distant. Angle your camera so that those watching can see your face and if you are playing an instrument try to also include this in the shot.
Your choice of backdrop is completely up to you! It’s a good idea to think of this as another way to market yourself as a performer and express your personality; you may want to have some music-related objects behind you or a string of fairy lights on the wall to make it seem like more of an event.
Some personal branding is great too, like this submission for example:
Should I film in portrait or landscape?
We recommend to film in Landscape. This allows for a wider frame which looks better when playing back on a laptop or tablet.
Can I sing accapella?
You can sing accapella, however, it’s not recommended. Singing accapella is a brave choice, and if done correctly, it can also be a great way to showcase your vocal, but you will have to pay particular attention to the following;
- Your timing: ensure you practice to get this on point.
- Background noise, including your breathing: a backing track or music will help mask this.
Should I sit or stand?
This depends on your performance. If you’re playing the keyboard or guitar, you may want to be seated however standing has two distinct advantages:
- Standing doesn’t restrict your lungs and breathing.
- It gives you the opportunity for more movement in the performance.
Always remember that your instrument should not come between you and the viewer. Angle your camera so that they can see your face clearly and remember that good posture is important.
Can I sing a cover song?
You can sing a cover song, avoid popular songs and ensure your choice is appropriate to you as a singer and your age! But most importantly, be sure you make it your own. Think about how you can add originality so that your song stands out. Click here for more on performing a creative cover.
The world already has a Billie Eilish and an Ed Sheeran, and we want to hear you!
Do I need to use a microphone?
The mic in your mobile phone should be able to record your vocals clearly enough, but the quality will definitely be improved by using a microphone. Make sure you consider how your microphone will look on camera and don’t let it obstruct too much of your face.
Here’s an article with some inexpensive options.
How do I engage with an audience when I’m not performing in person?
Eye contact is so important, remember to reach out with your eyes to the audience.. This is essential when you are performing to an audience, even when you’re not on stage. Not only does eye contact help you convey the emotion of the song, but it also helps the audience connect to you as a performer.
Practice so you don’t have to look at any lyrics during your performance. otherwise you will lose the opportunity to engage and connect the message to the audience.
Singers sometimes close their eyes during a performance as well, to create a sense of emotion and drama. This can be very effective when contrasted with regular eye contact, but it shouldn’t be a way to avoid your audience if you’re feeling nervous.
Moving around your space is another great way to engage you audience and your energy will be contagious. Singers can also pick up some amazing tips from watching famous singers, as well as dancers. perform.
Get the balance right. Move around to make sure every movement is conveying a message to back up the performance, but don’t be overly dramatic or overdo the performance. Again, this comes with practice and filming yourself until you are completely happy with your performance.
Check out former TeenStar Champion Brooke Burke making great use of the space around her:
Body language is just as important as your ability to sing. Imagine watching a singer perform while they stare at their feet without moving once. Body language is a tool which you can use to convey the song to the audience.
It can be as small as tilting your head or moving your hands expressively as you perform. If you have a microphone, try swapping it between hands or if you have a mic stand, try moving it.
How do I appear confident performing?
Learn your lyrics
The best way to deal with nerves and appear confident is to be as prepared as possible. Learn your lyrics so well that you can’t forget them. Nothing looks more unprofessional than a singer with a lyric sheet or can’t remember their own song.
Practising your songs is essential, get them drilled in again and again so that performing becomes second nature.
Don’t forget to have fun!
The best part about recording your performance is that you’re in your own home and you can take your time and make sure you’re ready. So relax and have fun with your performance.
If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments below and we’ll reply as soon as possible, or check our FAQ page for more information.