Shut Your Mouth: College Audition Etiquette

January 30, 2015 5:28 PM

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Those auditioning for performing arts college programs are presented with an extra set of challenges as each are evaluated in-person among a sea of prospective students. Picture oodles of time waiting around in hallways and holding rooms in hotels and college campuses. You try to stay calm, cool and collected amidst a group of ambitious thespians and their parents, until your name is called. To say you are not sizing up the competition would be a fabrication. Sound like an awkward situation? You bet it is. So what is the appropriate behavior, and how can you keep from embarrassing yourself?

Do 1. Wear headphones. It's the best way to stay quiet and focused on your audition, not on the people around you. 2. Be polite. Act as though you are at a nice restaurant. With your grandmother. 3. Remember that audition panels are not the enemy. They are rooting for you. 4. After your audition, le...

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