How to sell yourself in an audition

Written by Ja-Naé Duane

How to sell yourself in an Audition: Step 1: Mental Power By Ja-Naé Duane and

What makes a successful audition? I’ve heard this question asked so many times. Within three installments, I am going to give you some very useful suggestions on how to sell yourself in an audition. After hundreds of auditions (both good and bad), this is what I have found.

Step I: Mental Power If you think about it,repparttar process begins with one thing: A great attitude! What do I mean by that? Before you audition, ask yourselfrepparttar 125526 following questions: •Why do I want this audition? •How do I walk intorepparttar 125527 audition? Do I walk in thinking I already haverepparttar 125528 part or do I walk in saying, “Why on earth would they want to hire me?” •Am I dressed for success? •How do I walk out ofrepparttar 125529 audition? •What can I learn from this audition?

By asking yourself these questions, they can help put you inrepparttar 125530 right frame of mind. You are a product in a business……so you have to learn how to sell yourself! Learning how to sell product YOU is easy and can be done in a few steps. The first step is a positive attitude.

Why do I want this audition? Of courserepparttar 125531 easy answer is that you wantrepparttar 125532 part, but you have to think broader than that. Will this part be good for my career advancement? Is this a company that I want to work for? People audition for hundreds upon hundred of gigs allrepparttar 125533 time. I suggest you do some soul searching. What type of auditionee do I want to be? The one that auditions for everything and anything orrepparttar 125534 one that is more selective? If I do become more selective, then why?

How do I walk intorepparttar 125535 audition? The first thing thatrepparttar 125536 auditioners notice when you walk in is your appearance. When you walk in, they immediately start examining you. How does she carry herself? Is she smiling? Dorepparttar 125537 clothes she wears exemplify her personality while maintaining professionalism? Even if they are not aware ofrepparttar 125538 types of questions they are asking,repparttar 125539 auditioners will immediately make a judgment on whether or not they like you.

I used to walk into an audition saying to myself, “I’m not good enough to get this gig. Why would they even hire me?” As awful as that is………it’s true! That’s what would run through my mind. And inevitably I would never getrepparttar 125540 gig. Why? Because I conveyed that attitude in my face and in my presence, without even knowing it. People immediately noticed it. Finally, someone (who later become a good friend) said to me, “Ja-Naé, with your attituderepparttar 125541 way it is, you are never going to make it. Being humble is one thing (and a great thing!!!), but thinking that you are not even good enough forrepparttar 125542 gig. If you think you’re not good enough…..then you’re not.” She was right! If I wanted to survive in this competitive field, I definitely had to have an attitude adjustment.

Am I dressed for success?

What you wear to an audition says TONS about who you are as a person. You want a look that is professional, classy, yet shows off your personality. Though I’m a cross-over artist, my primary genre is opera and those arerepparttar 125543 auditions that I have hadrepparttar 125544 most experience with. Also, it is tricky with opera. You audition outfit changes withrepparttar 125545 season andrepparttar 125546 time of day. Here are some tips for both sexes inrepparttar 125547 opera world:


•Userepparttar 125548 cut ofrepparttar 125549 suit, color ofrepparttar 125550 suit, andrepparttar 125551 color ofrepparttar 125552 tie to show off your personality. The colors and style you wear can say a lot about you. •Make sure your shoes are not scuffed. No one likes a well-dressed man with scuffed shoes. •Make sure thatrepparttar 125553 shirt is ironed andrepparttar 125554 suit is dry-cleaned. •Auditioners want to see you face, so clean shaven is preferred.


•Keep it simple. Daytime/Nighttime (ANYTIME): black or gray are great! •Unless it is a competition: NO EVENING GOWNS!!!! •Mezzos: The general census is to wear a skirt, unless you are auditioning specifically for a pants role. •Long or medium length skirts: NO MINIS! They distract from your voice. •Try solid colors (prints distractrepparttar 125555 listener away from your face and especially your voice). •Dark colors onrepparttar 125556 bottom with a lighter colored top (attracts more attention towards your face). •If wearing dark on top and bottom, accentuate it with a colorful scarf or an accessory. •Wear your hair away from your face and out of your eyes. This doesn’t mean that it has to be up, just out ofrepparttar 125557 way. •NEVER wear stockings with open-toed shoes. That is a big NO! NO!

How To Give Your Home More Space, Part 2

Written by Tameka Norris

Manufacturers today are creating products withrepparttar less-is-more idea in mind.

Home furnishings are far lighter and far more space conserving now than they ever have been.

So this strategy was never needed inrepparttar 125525 past since our predecessors had an entirely different way of life.

Less busy. Less complicated in specific areas, and so on.

But that is clearly notrepparttar 125526 case today.

When you recognize that you want something from this day forward you can easily offer your homerepparttar 125527 best space possible by considering whether you can furnish your home with an item on Level 3 first.

And if it is not possible on that level, drop down a level until it is possible to furnish your home on that specific level.

Take for example, a television.

------------------- Level 1: Floor ------------------- You know your home can easily be furnished with a television using Level 1.

And your most space conservative item to mount a television on is a pedestal tv stand, or a tv pole that extends fromrepparttar 125528 floor torepparttar 125529 ceiling.

When you use Level 1 you want to be certain to brainstorm for repparttar 125530 most space conserving way to use your floor space.

You'll want to findrepparttar 125531 smallest, yet most reliable item that you can find that will dorepparttar 125532 job.

And when you are able to find this type of item, it is so good at space conserving that Level 1 almost gives yourepparttar 125533 same advantages that Level 2 does.

For example, if you were to use a tv pole to put your tv on. The pole itself takes up so little floor space and mountsrepparttar 125534 tv in midair that it's similar to furnishing your home with a tv using Level 2.

Level 1 will always take up floor space and interfere with your walking zone.

The best you can do with Level 1 is get an item that uses as little floor space as possible and interferes with your walking zone as little as possible.

------------------ Level 2: Wall ------------------

These days with lcds and plasma tvs, you even know that your home can be furnished withrepparttar 125535 television using Level 2.

And your most space conservative item to mount your television on is a tv wall mount. But not only can lcds and plasmas be mounted onrepparttar 125536 wall, your average television can be too.

There are dozens of wall mounts out there that mount regular tvs. But tv wall mounts may be something that has never surfaced to your mind.

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