Just like a job "interview" for a position in the business world, a dance audition is the opportunity for you to market yourself and your talents. As most dancers who are auditioning along with you will be talented enough to get the job, what will help you to be the stand-out among them?
One of the first things you need to have is an updated resume and headshot. Make sure you list every dancing job you've had, no matter how small. You don't need to spend a fortune on pictures. A not too posed black and white shot, 8x10 should suffice. Remember to keep your hair and make up simple. You want to shine and keep the focus on yourself, not your jewelry. Make sure you carry an extra copy of your resume and headshot with you, just in case.
Remain focused at all times and don't stop reaching to fulfill your dream. How many times have you heard the story of persistence paying off? Sometimes the only real difference between those that fail and those that succeed is persistence. It's like a fighter who gets hit, falls on the mat, and then gets up again. Many times you're going to audition for the same directors and choreographers. You're not going to be perfect for every show, but you just might be perfect for an upcoming one, and you'll want to make sure that you're remembered. Make sure that the director sees how interested you are.
Your interaction with your peers is also of great importance. Remember that you're being watched from the minute you walk in the door of an audition. How do you interact with others? Do you smile and make eye contact? Do you appear confident, positive and focused? Do you keep a sense of good-humor about you?
Don't forget to take care of yourself on a regular basis. A good diet, exercise, plenty of sleep and relaxation will help keep you in peak physical condition so you'll be ready for the next audition.
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