Student Blog: Advice on How to Manage Audition Stress

Have an audition coming up? Read Student Blogger Megan Howarth's tips and tricks to handle those pre-audition nerves!

By: Dec. 03, 2023
Student Blog: Advice on How to Manage Audition Stress
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Over my many years of performing, I would say the absolute worst part of the process is auditioning. You spend months and months preparing, perfecting your song. Then you finally get to perform it, but what if your nerves get the best of you? Growing up, I would get so anxious about my auditions that my legs would shake and my hands would get all sweaty. Over the years, I have gotten better at handling my nerves. I have learned different strategies that have helped me relieve stress and anxiety before auditions. Hopefully, they can help you too!

The first thing I do before any audition is a vocal warm-up. There are so many great videos on YouTube you can use to get your voice ready! Warming up your voice is a crucial part of any audition as it not only helps you hit higher or lower notes, but it keeps your voice healthy so you don’t fall victim to over-singing or straining your voice. Speaking of warming up, I always like to do stretches and some cardio to help get me ready for the dance portion of the audition. 

Another tool I use to help calm my nerves during auditions are breathing exercises. I use the Calm app, which you do have to pay for, however, you can find breathing exercises on Spotify and YouTube! I do a couple of these to unwind and be calm before my auditions.

Auditions make people nervous. Every performer has had these anxious feelings. It is important to remember that all you can do is your best! Find comfort in knowing you are prepared and ready for this audition! You got this!


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