Remember that saying, "Do one thing every day that scares you..."?
The idea is to do something that will better your life, but it's a little scary. For example: an audition! I'd like to put the most positive-possible spin on it, but I have to admit: it's scary to sign up for an audition, it's scary to anticipate an audition, and it's scary to take an audition.
Taking an audition, you are putting your playing on the line for an orchestra job, or entrance to college, or entry to a youth orchestra, or getting a new teacher, or community orchestra, etc. Of course, you want to be accepted. If you are, it can be life-changing! If you are not, it can be extremely disappointing. I've definitely experienced both sides of that!
As another saying goes, "nothing ventured, nothing gained." It's part of the process.
When is the last time you took an audition? Was it during the pandemic? If so, was it an in-person or video audition? How was it different? What was the last thing you auditioned for - a certain group or ensemble? A school? A teacher? What are your observations about auditions, and what do you feel helps people be successful with them? What has helped you? How do you cope when you don't get accepted? Please participate in the vote, then share your thoughts!
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.