You did it! You got through your monologues and songs! You nailed each piece. You feel awesome. Hooray!
But your audition isn’t over just yet.
You have one more major part of your audition left. Something that can turn a good audition into a great one... THE INTERVIEW!
So many students completely forget about this part of the process. They get so wrapped up in showcasing their talents that they forget to showcase themselves. So here are few things to remember to help your audition stand out even more...
Keep it Simple and Honest
I know it sounds cliché, but it’s true. Keep your answers simple and honest. A longer answer doesn’t always equal a better answer. Be straightforward, explain your answer, and trust that they will understand what you are saying.
You don’t need to go on and on about how wonderful the alumni are, or how great the program is. They auditors already know that. Tell them what you really feel and why you feel it. If you like a school because of its study abroad programs, great! If you love the atmosphere that the campus and students provide, awesome! There is no right answer. They want to learn about you. They want to know what makes you tick.
You are interesting. Your answers (as long as they are honest) will be interesting.
It’s very hard to keep every audition fresh and new. By the time this process is over, you will have gone through a lot of auditions. So it’s natural to fall into a rut. Fight it! Fight it with all of your might. No two auditions are the same. Each school is different, with different things to offer. This means, your answers should be different too. Answer each question as specifically as you can.
It’s A Two Way Street
I bet you have been hearing over and over again that you need to make these colleges believe that you are right for their program. And to some extent, that advice is right. There are a lot of students applying for the same 20 or so spots in a program. You do need to stand out and make them remember you.
However, there is something that that advice leaves out. You can’t just show them why you are a good fit for their program. You must also show them why their program is a good fit for you. Your talent and skill set are only part of the deciding factor in being accepted into a program. College programs also have to take into account whether or not they can actually help you grow. While you may be a brilliant actor or singer, your style of learning just might be best suited for their way of teaching.
So remember, when you are answering their questions- don’t just show them why you are right for them… show them why they are right for you.
Just Be You
Understand that the people sitting behind the table have 5 minutes to decide if they want to spend the next 4 years with you. It’s a daunting challenge. So help them out. Don’t show them what you think they want to see. Show them who you are. Be the awesome, quirky, silly, mature, fun loving, outgoing, studious, grounded person you are. If they don’t like it- then trust me- you wouldn’t be happy at that school anyway.
My College Audition
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