Basing our lives on these auditions...


Joseph
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If you do an audition for a position in a group and find that there are lots of others trying out for the same part, do you always seem to get worked up about it questioning whether or not you're good enough?

Alot of the times we base our whole lives on these auditions, because we need the work, and sometimes we feel that that longer we wait, the worse things will get. But sometimes whoever is making the decision is probably making it based on some obscure reason that may not have anything to do with music. My favorite stories from my friends involve their going to auditions and being cut without plying a note, based on their age, weight, hairstyle, etc. You cannot make people choose you, you simply can do your best and get something positive out of the experience, even if it just makes you see the process for what it really is. its so ridiculous how there are alot of bands who recruit their members bsed on look, style, and attitude, instead of how they play their darn intruments..

-Joseph
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Raskolnikov
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I don't sweat auditions too much. The only one that's ever got to me was just a couple of weeks ago though. My band auditoned for a local talant show, and our guitarist auditioned for a solo act. Well, the audition seemed to go well, after the band was done we got a lot of compliments, they discussed some of the staging issues (co-oridination with other drummers, what time to be there, etc...). Well, they call us up two days later to say "well, the band was too loud, and we have too many solo acts."
erg...
Well, they could have been professional about it and told us that at the audition...
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Joseph
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You have no idea how many times Ive been in a situation where someone has felt the need to drag me along the side instead of giving it to me straight. You just have to kind of feel your way around, because when you're at an audition they won't always tell you what they're looking for, sometimes they expect you to figure it out. Theres only so much for being optimistic, but still on a professional standpoint its important to at least give hard working musicians the slightest idea of what you're looking for.

-Joseph
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"Swoop and soar like the blues angels."
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