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Video Audition Tips for Singers & Musicians

After you submit your application, your video audition will be watched by our music industry judges, who’ll be looking for talent, originality and a polished overall performance.

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Here are our suggestions for everything you need for the perfect audition video, from lighting and backdrops, to the importance of eye contact and body language, plus how to make sure you stand out from the crown with an original song or creative cover.

What do I need to record an audition video?

To record your audition, you’ll just need a mobile phone or video camera and an internet connection. We also suggest you use a tripod or stand so the camera is steady and filming is consistent.

Be careful to angle your camera so that those watching can see your face.

Should I film in portrait or landscape?

We recommend to film in Landscape. This allows for a wider frame which looks better when playing back on a laptop or tablet.

Video audition tips: recording

#1 Think about your lighting

A good place to start when filming is to think about your lighting. You’ll want the judges and the audience to be able to see you clearly. You can choose to take advantage of any natural light or make use of an LED ring light for a more polished look.

These are inexpensive to purchase and, if you’re going to be regularly recording your performances and uploading them online, this will add a professional quality to your videos.

#2 Make sure your camera frames you well

Make sure the camera is not too close and also not too far away, thus making the performance feel cramped or distant. Angle your camera so that those watching can see your face and if you are playing an instrument try to also include this in the shot.

#3 Use a good backdrop

Your choice of backdrop is completely up to you, but it’s a good idea to think of this as another way to market yourself as a performer and express your personality; you may want to have some music-related objects behind you or a string of fairy lights on the wall to make it seem like more of an event.

#4 Dress to impress

First impressions matter, so wear something that’s smart, comfortable and that shows you’ve put thought into your image as an artist.

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#5 Make eye contact

Eye contact is so important, remember to reach out with your eyes to the audience.. This is essential when you are performing to an audience, even when you’re not on stage. Not only does eye contact help you convey the emotion of the song, but it also helps the audience connect to you as a performer.

Practice so you don’t have to look at any lyrics during your performance. otherwise you will lose the opportunity to engage and connect the message to the audience.

Singers sometimes close their eyes during a performance as well, to create a sense of emotion and drama. This can be very effective when contrasted with regular eye contact, but it shouldn’t be a way to avoid your audience if you’re feeling nervous.

#6 Move around

Moving around your space is another great way to engage you audience and your energy will be contagious. Singers can also pick up some amazing tips from watching famous singers, as well as dancers. perform.

Get the balance right. Make sure every movement is conveying a message to back up the performance, but don’t be overly dramatic or overdo the performance. Again, this comes with practice and filming yourself until you are completely happy with your performance.

Should I sit or stand?

This depends on your performance. If you’re playing the keyboard or guitar, you may want to be seated however standing has two distinct advantages:

  1. Standing doesn’t restrict your lungs and breathing.
  2. It gives you the opportunity for more movement in the performance.

Always remember that your instrument should not come between you and the viewer. Angle your camera so that they can see your face clearly.

#7 Don’t forget body language

Body language is just as important as your ability to sing. Imagine watching a singer perform while they stare at their feet without moving once. Body language is a tool which you can use to convey the song to the audience.

It can be as small as tilting your head or moving your hands expressively as you perform. If you have a microphone, try swapping it between hands or if you have a mic stand, try moving it.

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#8 Learn your lyrics

The best way to deal with nerves and appear confident is to be as prepared as possible. Learn your lyrics so well that you can’t forget them. Nothing looks more unprofessional than a singer with a lyric sheet or can’t remember their own song.

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#9 Practice

Practising your songs is essential, get them drilled in again and again so that performing becomes second nature. Have a goal for every practice session and record yourself every time so you can watch the performance back and note any improvements you can make.

#10 Enjoy yourself

Remember to have fun! The best part about recording your performance is that you’re in your own home and you can take your time and make sure you’re ready. So relax, take your time and enjoy your performance.