How to create a great audition video
General handy tips for making a great recorded audition
- Making a good audition recording takes time, preparation, and planning. Be in the habit of recording yourself and ask your teacher to help you with the process of preparation and evaluation as needed. The more experienced you are with this, the more relaxed and confident you will be in preparing any recorded audition.
- If you are performing any part of the audition from memory, remember to place the music stand well away from you so that it does not distract either you or the viewers.
- It may be helpful to have another person with you to hit the start and stop button on your recorder.
- If possible, send your recordings to a music teacher for their review before submitting it to the college for consideration.
How to set up your recording location:
- Find a space where you like your sound as heard in your trial-run recording sessions. Remember that microphone placement can be important; too close may cause a distorted, brash sound and too far away may sound unclear. If spaces in your home are not working well for you, consider a space where you can do your work with focus and achieve a good result. Your teacher may be able to recommend a space, or consider meeting spaces or sanctuaries in houses of worship, schools or libraries nearby.
- Good lighting is important, and those viewing your recording need to see you clearly. Take care to avoid backlighting that is too bright or distracting.
- Position yourself about 6-7 feet away from the camera. Be sure that when you play viewers can observe the full range of motion of your body and instrument. For any instrument, the music stand should not obscure what your hands are doing while playing.
- While speaking, take time to breathe well, and to be clear and deliberate. When adrenaline is flowing it is easy to rush things! It may be helpful to have a glass of water nearby during your audition as staying hydrated is important.