Updated: Oct 12, 2020
The Audition Book is a musical theatre actor's most prized possesion. The goal is to have an organized beautiful book that has your best songs inside. How confident are you in your book? Did it fit that description? If not, here are 4 ways to improve your book.
1) Create an index
Having an index or a table of contents is a great way to up your Audition Book game. It keeps you organized so that you always know exactly what you have in your book. It also gives the acompanist an oppurtunity to look at what you have. When the creative team inevitably asks you to sing something else, the acompanist will be able to give you a suggestion.
2) Back it up
You should have a flash drive or folder on google docs with your entire book in it. You never know if you'll leave your book on the subway and loose everything. Having an electronic version makes re-printing easy and quick as apposed to a scary, ainxiety inducing process.
3) Fill your gaps
What is the one genre that keeps popping up in breakdowns that you don't have? For me, I know I need to work on my pop/rock rep. But it could be different for everyone. Learning to fill the gaps as they come up will give you a beautiful, well rounded book in no time.
4) Make 32 and 16 bar cuts
Each song in your book should have three versions. The full song, a 32-bar cut and a 16-bar cut. If you dont have all of these, get cutting. It may also be a good Idea to have an 8 bar cut of each song as well.
Now you've got a project to do. Making your book the best it can be can be a little daunting, but once you get started, it becomes a fun task.
Until next time!