Audition Advice to the Humble Hearted
Posted: Friday, February 13
Verse of the day:
I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. (Psalm 34:2)
I’ve been to a lot of auditions in my life. You show up early, you check in, and you find your place. (Always take your coat off. Nothing says “send me packing” more than walking into an audition with a giant coat.) Whether it’s at a theater, a school, or a church, every audition room magically takes on the decorative tastes of a hospital—white walls and the haunting feeling that you’re about to contract pneumonia. You’re greeted by one to three strangers. You wait for the nod, you introduce yourself, and you perform. (Never make eye contact when you’re performing; this isn’t a singing diner. The judges need to watch you without feeling the awkward commitments of eye contact.) You smile, you say “thank you”, and you leave. (Never, never, NEVER cry until you leave the room.)
Audition outcomes can be surprising. Whether that surprise is good or bad is hard to predict. One of my success stories was a series of three auditions that placed me in a highly competitive choir at the age of 14. One of my bad surprises was three years later when my ‘should-be-better’ voice didn’t make it past the first round at the same competition.
Audition anxiety is its own special psychosis. As a follower of Christ, that challenge is even more layered. Which of my successes do I get to take pride in? Which of my failures do I have to bear responsibility for? Whether you’re winning or losing, the message is the same.
“I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart.”
If you are in a season of winning, remember where your strength comes from. Give glory to God in every victory. If you feel like you’re losing today, take heart. God loves working with helpless people. Helpless people don’t turn around and say, “I did that! I am the reason for my success!” Give God the glory. Let’s boast in the Lord today.