With so many live events being postponed or canceled, performers have been thrust into the world of virtual. Nothing beats performing in a venue full of fans or scouts, but you can make the most of virtual auditions by keeping these facts in mind.
1. Virtual Auditions Are Cost-Effective
A virtual audition can save you money on transportation, gas, hotel nights, and eating at restaurants. You can also record the audition on your own schedule, which means you don’t have to miss work, arrange child care, or pay someone to watch your pets.
2. You’re the Performer, Director, and Producer
You can still expect to spend some money if you want to make the best impression possible. Adding props to your background can help set the scene and sell your performance. Using more than just the mic and camera on your cell phone isn’t mandatory, but it might be enough to set you apart from the competition. Additional lighting can also make you shine brighter, both literally and figuratively.
3. You Don’t Have to Get It Right the First Time
The great thing about virtual auditions is your first impression could very well be your thirteenth take. You get as many shots as you need, because you can keep redoing your performance until you get a recording you feel comfortable submitting. This fact is extremely beneficial to those who get nervous knowing people are basing their decisions on one audition that in no way represents their true talent or ability.
4. Virtual Auditions Expand Your Reach
Now is your chance to go global. Recorded auditions can be sent anywhere, at any time. Even if your dream is to walk the runway in New York or perform on Broadway, getting international experience, which is often easier to do, gives you more stage time and additional lines on your resume.
5. This May Become the New Normal
Like it or not, the virtual world is likely here to stay. Even after things return back to “normal,” the ease, convenience, and cost savings of holding virtual auditions will still make them an attractive option. They may be held in conjunction with in-person auditions, or in some cases may replace the in-person option completely.
Preparing for a Virtual Audition
Other than the additional task of handling the production side of things, preparing for a virtual audition is not any different than if it was in person. Selecting the right song, script, or monologue, practicing to get it as perfect as possible, deciding what to wear, and ensuring your written resume is up-to-date are just as important.
You’ll also want to confirm the follow-up process with the casting director, scout, or agency, whether it will be by email, over the phone, or on a video call, so you are available to provide any additional information or answer any questions they may have after they review your audition.
Discovery Spotlight Embraces the Virtual Experience
At Discovery Spotlight, we understand performers need to continue to hone their skills and connect with talent scouts while staying healthy and safe. As a result, we are providing remote training and audition opportunities to models, actors, singers, and dancers through our Virtual Expo.