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  • Noa Kageyama

    November 22, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Hi Anastasia,
    With 10 days left, your experience is pretty normal. I don’t know that it’s avoidable, if it’s an audition that’s important to you. If you didn’t feel this way, you might be inclined to take things too lightly…to not prepare as diligently as you could. That being said, you don’t want to get too freaked out either, and there are a few things I’d recommend.

    1. Be sure to incorporate a good bit of performance practice into your preparation. Meaning, practice playing through rep for others, practice random excerpts, randomly selected rep and play without keeping score. You want to get better at playing through your mistakes and not paying attention to them (as you will have to do on stage).
    2. Be sure to get plenty of rest. Being stressed and tired is not a good combination.
    3. Remember that your primary goal at this point is not to win, per se. Your goal is always to win of course, but that’s not up to you. Your goal is to leave, feeling happy with your performance. And to do whatever you need to do to be happy with your performance. Because if you are happy with your performance, you’ve maximized your chances of making good things happen. Worry too much about making the panel happy, or winning, and you probably won’t be very happy with your performance, nor will they.
    4. Visualization can be helpful too. Imagine yourself the day after the audition, feeling really happy, eating breakfast, reviewing how the audition must have gone for you to be feeling as happy as you are. How must your first excerpt have sounded? How must have your most difficult excerpt have gone? Etc.

    Good luck!

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