I’ve had this discussion several times in the past month with different students as we together choose music to build their books. Many people, including myself, have the idea that when you walk into the room auditioning for a role – the people behind the table are expecting you to be the character. This, in some ways, can be true. When you walk into a room, the way you present yourself as well as the repertoire you choose will inform the casting director whether or not you will be able to embody the role. But they want to see YOU embody the role, not your version of Sutton Foster’s version. At the end of the day, they are hiring you because they have to work with you on and off of the stage.
A blog I love to follow OnStageBlog.com – wrote on this same topic recently by Tom Briggs.
I know it sounds super simple but… just be yourself!