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That Which You Cannot Control...(And That Which You Can!)
Darren K. Woods
Audition Connection

As humans, we do what we can to control our circumstances, shooting for the best possible outcome. As singers, we have been told that control means presenting the most polished and prepared performance possible in an audition. Many of you have read The Ten Audition Commandments in this publication, in which we discussed at length the practical tools that can help an artist develop into a person who can successfully audition: things like carefully selecting repertoire, working with a drama coach, proper attire, good resumes and headshots, and many others. However, the successful audition depends on controlling the things that you can, as well as learning to cope or even put a positive spin on the things which you cannot (or simply don’t know).

About the Author: Darren K. Woods is the general director of both Fort Worth Opera and the Seagle Music Colony. A special thanks to Kristin Cowdin, artist manager at Guy Barzilay Artists, for her contributions to this article.

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