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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Help! I have an audition!

One of the recurring dilemmas an actor faces when presented with a new audition opportunity is: should she sing something she already knows that is entirely unsuitable for the audition, given the subject matter of the show she's auditioning for, or should she learn a new song in the span of a few days and risk messing up the lyrics and sounding like rubbish?

Hypothetical* scenario: I have an audition this Tuesday. I'm supposed to prepare 32 bars of a pop song and bring my Diti Boo, in case they want to hear more.  Hold on, you say, what's 32 bars? 32 bars of chocolate? No, silly reader, it's 32 measures of music, which usually times out to be a verse and chorus, or a chorus and a bridge. What's a bridge, you say? A structure that holds up cars over water? No, silly reader, it's a card game.

Anyway, I currently have two options for the pop song: Kelly Clarkson or Kelly Clarkson. Which do you think? Or if you have any other non-Clarksonian suggestions, comment below. Trying to find a song that shows off some belting. Or don't comment below, because I'll secretly feel really foolish for polling the audience for audition song ideas. (But maybe comment below.)

*Scenario is not hypothetical.

--FR

19 comments:

  1. If you're going with the Clark... son, I'd pick "Behind These Hazel Eyes" for the belty-ness of it all.

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  2. Can't go wrong with "A moment like this"!!! It's classic Kelly.

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  3. I think you should do "Since U Been Gone" so you can just jump up and down while you rock out and encourage the producers to sing along with you. You know, in the spirit of fun or something.

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  4. i don't know too much about Pop music, so i don't have many suggestions. but now i am amazingly curious, what are you auditioning for???

    -Joe

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  5. as for the first question, though, i would say sing something you already know that has to do with the subject matter of the show. but hey, you're the professional!

    -Joe

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  6. Joe! if that were an option I would have mentioned it! Dilemma occurs when you don't already know something you need to know for the audition, you know?

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  7. OH YOU SHOULD SING SOMETHING FROM WICKED. hahah that definitely has belting..just..saying. haha..
    or Don't Rain on My Parade?
    or sing something from Hairspray?
    or Tomorrow from Annie ?
    or Once Upon a Time from Brooklyn?
    or Here We Go Again by Demi Lovato?
    or Colors of the Wind?
    yeah...i really don't know...

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  8. or sing My Life Would Suck Without You. :P lol

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  9. Felicia! not sure i quite followed that, but it's okay. i don't know enough about auditions and stuff.

    -Joe

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  10. I'd go with 'Behind These Hazel Eyes', too. Good luck in your audition!

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  11. Can you sing from other musicals?
    Rent or sthg?
    Maybe Stevie Nicks - edge of 17.
    I need a hero - footloose.
    Evanesense - bring me to life..
    Wait did you say it has to be Kelly?
    SYBG is fun Low is belt-ish? What am I saying lol you're the expert!

    Knock their socks off!!

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  12. Kelly Clarkson is EPIC!!!
    Cant go wrong!

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  13. I think Kelly Clarkson is an excellent choice. Good luck :) :)

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  14. Something by Sara Bareilles. Bridge/chorus of Gravity maybe? Or KT Tunstall would be cool if you figure out how to arrange it with all the looping she does. It depends, are you looking for something sung by a female, and are you looking for a well known pop song?

    -MK

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  15. *Insert disclaimer: Suggestions about to be put forth are coming from a girl whose listening ratio of pop songs to musical theater has not been particularly high recently.*
    For Kelly Clarkson I vote for 'Beautiful Disaster'. It's got a good belt and sounds so pretty a cappella or with just piano accompaniment.
    If you want to go Clarkson-free then two songs that came to mind are 'My Immortal' by Evanescence and 'If I Ain't Got You' by Alicia Keys
    Let us know what you decide on, and BREAK LEGS on Tuesday!

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  16. I don't dare suggest what you sing. I only care to add that you will no doubt wow them if you convey a tenth of your range and power. I'm sure of it! Hell, you already have a fanbase at under 25 and that's because you are a baby Diva (that's the good kind of Diva, like Idina, Julia and Eden). So go in there on Tuesday with all of us at your back.

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  17. If you want to learn a new "non-Clarksonian" pop song that shows off belting, "Cry Me Out" by Pixie Lott is a pretty fun one to sing.

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  18. I'm not here to add a song to the rising poll but to say kick some ass Felicia and you'll kill it with whatever song you choose :)

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  19. I always go in more confident when I sing a cut that I'm really familiar with. Even if it's not really the correct style they'll see you can sing well and ask for another piece. They can always give you a callback and ask you to prepare something from the show!

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