Get a good night’s rest.
Easier said than done, right? Here are some ways to wind down:
· Try to get all of your to-dos crossed off of your list during the early parts of the day
· Don’t drink caffeine before bedtime.
· Stay away from acidic foods during the evening if you’re prone to acid reflux.
· Create a calm environment by turning off the TV, your text messages, and anything else that can distract you.
· Get some exercise during the daytime so your muscles are ready to relax.
Look the part.
Like your headshot, you should look like a well put-together, but comfortable version of yourself.
· Don’t get too dressy. Do you normally wear high heels? If not, you might feel uncomfortable and therefore, you’ll look uncomfortable. A cute flat or kitten-heel might be the way to go. For men, if you’re used to wearing a tie, go for it! But if you feel restricted in it, a nice collared shirt without a tie might be the way to go. As MCA’s founder says, “Dress like you would on a first date.”
· If you wear makeup, make sure it looks natural. Wearing a bit more blush or eye makeup can come in handy if you’re under stage lights, but you don’t want to look made up, you want to look like YOU.
· Show up looking ready to go. Don’t come half ready and then use the bathroom to finish up. Your audition starts the moment you arrive on campus.
Treat your audition day like any other day.
It’s so easy to get nervous and try to make big changes your audition day to give you the edge. Sometimes, those changes can make us more nervous.
· Keep hydrated, but not TOO hydrated. Yes, it is possible to drink too much water. Drink water like you would on normal days.
· Be nice to your parents. They’re nervous too. If you need to get away and focus, let them know you need a little “me time” and find a quiet place.
· Eat something during the day. I always have a meal before I go on stage. Some of my friends can’t stomach a meal before performing, but they always eat something – nuts, veggies, granola, etc. In my experience, not eating enough before a big day can lead to shaky hands – and a shaky voice.
Whether or not you feel like you killed it in the audition room or it was your worst performance ever, remember, you don’t know how the panel felt. You’ve put in a ton of hard work and hard work deserves a reward! A night at the movies? An ice cream sundae? A steak dinner? A new book? You have earned a reward.
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