Very recently, I read Sparky's blog post about
6-Steps to Pass Your College Guitar Audition.
This got my thinking about my days of dreaded auditions...
and I will get to them in a moment
I continued playing music throughout high school for the sole reason that all my friends were doing it. I mean, hindsight is 20/20, but I never practiced then, and now my hobby needs to be fed, and vetted, and housed, and ridden 6(ish) days a week...and I love doing that...so...
…oh and although this is always the elephant in the room…it can kill you
1. Get a private teacher.
Preferably one that likes you,
doesn't also teach your ex, who dumped you...
with a Post-It note...
and who doesn't put these next words together in any type of sentence ... ever:
You. Play. Like. A. Girl.
What does that even mean?! I AM a girl...
2. You should (probably) practice. We can't all have natural talent, okay? While you can hate those people all you want it's not them it's you, so go practice.
In fact, why are you even reading this?
Go practice. . .
I'm not saying I ever practiced...
because I didn't
...but I didn't pick a musical career of any kind...so...there's that
I have NO idea if this is legit, but "Own the room".
4. Auditions are sorta like Game of Thrones.
ENDER was sort of a jerk, but he was a brass player, are you really SURPRISED?
...Do not talk to this person. Just don't. NO.
Hold that thought for a second while I move to
Things NOT to do at an Audition:
1. Do not get the same seat and score as you did the year before. Nothing says you are not even remotely trying like a repeat year...and also who wants to spend TWO years playing third part...
4. Don't look around the room when you walk in, because that private teacher I was telling you about, he's probably the blind judge.
5. Make sure you know how to sight-read. This was high school, so seriously did anyone know how to sight read? I dunno but I know that I SURE DIDN'T
6. Don't drive yourself to east-jabumba-places if you just learned how to drive stick
7. If you're not passionate...why? and find yourself asking yourself something along the lines of What am I doing here? I don't belong here. Go find your passion.
And I'm gonna stop you right there, because if you are old, you are probably thinking blah blah another millenial talking about said "passion" about what you do, and while I think you should be passionate about SOMETHING it doesn't have to be your work
(but if you can make that happen, definitely go for it)
XOXO Gossip Girl
P.S. This is the WORST blog template that ever existed