“The play [or musical] is the director’s baby…. The director must decide whom she trusts to “hold the baby.” Are you trustworthy and reliable? Will you help foster the child’s development and ensure success? When you walk in the door, you must communicate to the production team that you are not only talented enough for the role but you are also tenacious, enthusiastic, professional, and above all authentic.”
Get the Callback
(Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), pp. 1-2
Putting together your summer reading list? I’d like to extend an invitation to you to join our MusicalSingers Broadway Book Club.
While I’ll be posting reviews of various books in my library, I thought it might be fun to collaborate with you! This summer, we’ll be reading through a few highly recommended books addressing musical auditions, vocal freedom, characterization, time management, personal success, and dream casting. We’ll be taking approximately two weeks per book and discussing/commenting in our book forums.
Our first book will be Get The Callback by Jonathan Flom.
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All great auditions require preparation and practice, but what’s the secret to securing a callback? What are the best ways to prepare for that pivotal moment? Once you’re in front of the casting director, what does it take to make the most out of your moment in the spotlight?
In this second edition of Get the Callback: The Art of Auditioning for Musical Theatre, Jonathan Flom provides practical advice on the many facets of preparation, including selection of songs and monologues to suit your voice and the audition, organizing and arranging your music, working with the accompanist, and presenting yourself to the casting team. The book gives a detailed description of the actual audition performance and even offers advice on how non-dancers can survive a dance audition. (more…)
Having been in multiple musical training programs and classes, I can tell you that the most common bit of advice I have heard from college professors, musical directors, casting directors, and fellow performers is this: GET A VOCAL COACH.
Prior to the first day of an audition prep class at Collin College, my fellow students and I were asked to bring a prepared audition song to present at our first meeting. I quickly looked through my book and decided on “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. I wanted a song that could show off my belt, along with my personality, and needed something I could sing in my sleep. Since I knew the song forward and backward, I anticipated wowing my classmates and volunteered relatively quickly to take my turn. (more…)
For one week before and one week after the launch of the new MusicalSingers.com, we conducted a survey to learn more about you, the rockin’ singers of the musical world. Part of the purpose of this site is to build community. To find encouragement in knowing you’re not alone in this journey to accomplish your dreams! So here’s a cross section of you, our readers, where you’re from, what your struggles are, and who you’d like to hear from most.
If we boiled the results down into a “reader profile,” it would look like this: Our average reader is a either in college or holding an advanced degree and working in regional theatre across the United States.
As far as challenges facing musical singers, here’s how you weighed in with the topics presented:
Finding audition music, auditions, and marketing yourself were at the top of the list. For audition topics, be sure to check frequently the “auditions” tab in our category list above. To find audition music, there are great sites such as MusicNotes.com, SheetMusicPlus.com, and PianoTrax.com. If you need help picking a song that fits your range, the show, and the character you’re auditioning for, or just have general auditions questions, post a question in our Auditions Forums here and our MusicalSingers tribe will rally to help you out!
Another hot topic (more…)