Dancing Job Search – Resumes, Interviews, Auditions
Interviews and auditions are still some of the most common ways to find dance jobs, and they can be taxing. Being properly prepared is vital. While it’s common sense to make sure that you practice, eat well and get a good night’s rest the night before, bringing the right tools, looking the part, and creating the right mindset are just as necessary.
A professional dance resume is the primary document you’ll need. Your resume should list any dance experience you’ve had, including all performances, formal training and dance education. Be sure to include any related experience, such as teaching or other skills that might be of use for the position. It’s also a good idea to bring one or two 8×10 glossy photos, either black and white or color. A full body shot in dance clothes is usually all that’s required, although some situations may call for a headshot as well. Video footage may also be required.
Pay special attention to details and paperwork. Follow all directions carefully, and make sure your application is completely filled out. Double check all requirements beforehand, and allow yourself plenty of time to create a morning schedule that will allow you to relax and prepare fully.
Take extra care to look your very best on the big day. Pay close attention to your attire, making sure it is clean and free of holes. If there is a dress code, adhere strictly to that. Make sure that your hair is groomed carefully (pulled smoothly back off the face for women). Women might consider wearing light makeup.
Because you want to appear as professional as possible, always arrive early, and with the right attitude. Not only does this convey the message that you are reliable, an audition situation often requires extra time to familiarize yourself with the procedures, applications, and the studio. And of course you will want time to warm up. Stay focused on yourself and try not to pay too much attention to other dancers. It’s a good idea, too, to bring water and snacks to keep your energy up. Auditions can last anywhere from a few hours to a full day, depending on how many applicants there are, so it’s wise to plan ahead for all eventualities.
Program yourself with a winning mindset by setting the mental intention to do your very best. Some dancers find it helpful to spend some time visualizing success or repeating positive affirmations. Others read inspiring quotes or carry tokens of luck. Do whatever you need to in order to ready yourself and bring on a positive frame of mind, and remember to have fun, smile and give it your all.
During the audition, remain focused. Pay close attention to all directions. Don’t be shy about asking questions if something is not clear. Try to keep your expression soft and pleasant, and don’t worry about making mistakes. A confident, friendly attitude is one of your best assets. If you do make a mistake, keep going. An audition is a performance, so treat it just as you would if you were on stage in front of a larger audience. Your best effort is what you have to offer any potential employer, and knowing that you’ve given that will bring you peace of mind.