Okay, first and foremost: don’t think too hard about this! We routinely get phone calls from students and parents after an audition is over claiming that they are positive they either did or didn’t get in. Sure, sometimes you have a killer audition and you leave feeling like it couldn’t have gone any better or sometimes you leave knowing that you cracked on your song and got a bad vibe – in some cases, your gut instinct may be right. But most of the time, trying to decipher what the auditor did or didn’t do in the room is impossible.
Here are some common misconceptions:
I didn’t get an adjustment so I am not getting in.
False! Wrong! Not true! They may have seen exactly what they wanted to see or they may be running short on time. They may be more interested in talking with you then adjusting your material or they’d like to use the 5 minutes they have to ask about some awesome credits on your resume. There are hundreds of reasons why you wouldn’t get an adjustment – many having no bearing on whether or not you get accepted.
I got an adjustment because I did a terrible job the first time through.
Again, so not true! Sometimes an auditor can tell that you are nervous or are a bit jittery, in that case, sure, maybe they will give you an adjustment to loosen you up a bit – but that doesn’t mean you did a terrible job. Many times, it’s awesome if you get an adjustment! It gives the auditor a chance to see how well you take direction, how open you are to feedback and how well you can apply a note. It’s a chance for them to work one on one with you and get to know a bit about what type of student you would potentially be for the next four years.
They didn’t ask me any questions and I felt like they didn’t “like” me.
Some auditors may give off a more stern or professional vibe to try to treat all the students auditioning equally. This eliminates students leaving feeling like they “nailed it” or “bombed it” based off of how the auditor reacted. Or, sometimes, that’s simply they way that person is! Auditors are humans after all and some may be more expressive or vocal than others.
I nailed it. My pieces went flawlessly, I got adjustments and they asked questions. I am getting in.
This can be really tough. Maybe you had a connection with the auditor, you bonded over shared interests and they expressed to you how talented they think you are and it left you feeling pretty confident. Having confidence in yourself in this business is crucial, but it’s also smart to keep things in prospective and not get too much ahead of yourself. While there seem to be a million reasons why you would/should get in, there could also be many factors why you aren’t the right fit for their program. Many times when students think they bombed their audition they end up getting in – and unfortunately, the reverse can happen as well.
I didn’t get a callback at a school that gives callbacks.
Okay, not going to lie on this one, that’s probably not a great sign. Most schools outwardly say that if you don’t get a callback, you can safely cross them off of your list. However, there is a small silver lining: there is a small chance that you could be waitlisted or could be considered for a different performing arts degree. So, before you eliminate a school, investigate what options you have if you don’t receive a callback.
In short, keep everything in prospective and don’t beat yourself up over something that may just be in your head. Have fun, remain positive and remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place.
Keep breaking legs everyone!
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