by Carmen Roverez
When I decided to try out for the talent competition, it was more for the experience than anything. I felt really uncertain about some of the things I was seeing and hearing, but it's easy to get caught up in everything when it's happening so quickly. I'm not going to say whether these kinds of competitions are good or bad, but I do want to talk about some of the pro's and con's before you find yourself signing up for an audition.
When talent competitions can be good:
- If you open yourself up to the experience and learn about the process.
- If you have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. It can be great exposure.
- There is the chance of a recording contract.
- The media often covers the competition, which can be good if the reviews are good (or bad if they are unfavourable).
When talent competitions are not so good:
- If you've had to stand in line for hours with no guarantee that you'll even be seen.
- If you are eliminated based on looks rather than talent.
- If you are screened and eliminated before you reach the panel of judges.
- If you can't handle criticism.
If you think you want to try, even knowing there are downsides then here are a few tips:
- Be prepared by making sure your song is well rehearsed before the audition.
- Show up early to avoid stress.
- Drink plenty of water during the day.
- Warm-up your vocal chords before the audition.