Mastering the Audition - How To Perform Under Pressure
Published by Methuen
Auditioning is stressful for everyone
The people behind the desk - also under pressure - are looking for a killer audition, yet most auditionees walk into the room feeling nervous, unprepared, and unable to fully control their performance
But although the idea of creating "winning performance strategies" is common in business and sports studies, no one has thought to apply the psychology of creating a winning performance to a book on auditioning
Until now ...
Drawing on fascinating research into how the brain copes and responds in high-stress situations, Mastering the Audition looks closely at the effects of fear, at our flawed ability to assess or really know ourselves, at what really drives us, and at what it really takes to master the audition experience
Applicable to all areas of performing, including reality television, musicals, stage, film and commercials, this book helps you hone your performing skills and develop the mental toughness that can keep you going through the inevitable ups and downs of the audition process
Other books advise you to 'be confident' and 'be prepared'
This one tells you how
What Can We Know?
Metaphorical Weight Gain and Other Side Effects of Auditioning
The Hard Work of Genius
What's My Motivation?
Introduction to The Toolkit
Developing Your Skill Set
Developing Your Mental Game
Just Do It
About the Author
Donna Soto-Morettini has worked as a professional singer and actress in Southern California and throughout the western United States
She holds a PhD from Oxford University and has been training professional singers and actors for 25 years
She has served as Director of Drama for the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Head of Acting and Dance for Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and Head of Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London
Since 2006 she has worked as a Casting Director and Performance Coach for Andrew Lloyd Webber and the BBC