Have you ever wanted to audition for a reality TV show like American Idol or the voice? On this episode, we talk about reality singing shows, how to audition and how to use these shows to help you to maximize your career.
Brianna Ruelas is here to chat with us about all of that today and the myths that surround the reality TV space, because you don’t have to be a top 10 finalist to be successful on reality TV.
According to Brianna, there are 2 types of singers who typically audition for these shows and BOTH have a great chance to be on the show.
Novice Singer - bright eyed and bushy tailed singer who is excited to sing and create an opportunity.
Seasoned Performer - been gigging for years, has a career and doesn’t NEED the show, but they recognize that this could be a bigger opportunity to share their message and build their fanbase.
Both of these singers have equal opportunities because you never know what the producers or casting directors are looking for.
“You are not going on this show to become an overnight success… you are going on the show to create opportunities.” -Brianna Ruelas
Here are some common myths about reality singing shows.
How To Audition For American Idol: Myth 1
Myth 1: I dont’ have the talent, the personality, or the look. Do I have to become someone else to be successful on these shows?
Personality - even if you feel super boring or introverted because you aren’t that overly extroverted, life of the party type, doesn’t mean that you don’t have a place on these shows. The most important thing is to own who you are. Are you engaging and interestersting? Are you using your personality to feel confident and grounded? If you are questioning that confidence, get with a coach like Brianna to help you to dig deep and bring out that personality and help you to feel your most comfortable as a performing artist.
Use your eyes to convey emotion
Be engaging and use your camera time or when you are standing in line to show your personality.
Be physically engaging and show that you have energy and presence.
Get a coach to help you to work on personality development as an artist.
How To Audition For American Idol: Myth 2
Myth 2: I have to be in the top 10 in order to be successful and have a successful future career.
There are a TON of hidden opportunities that you can use to your advantage when you are on reality TV. If you are going to invest your time, energy, and money - we want to make sure that you use every opportunity that comes your way in the best way possible for you.
Here are some ways that you can leverage your reality TV show audition.
You get to sing in front of a ton of producers, who may also be working on different shows that you might be perfect for.
Networking with other singers in line - creating relationships and opportunities for the future.
Press - it’s so much easier to get a local TV or magazine feature if you’ve been on the show.
At the end of the day, you don’t have to be the BEST singer in the room. There are a ton of amazing singers who don’t get on the show!
How To Audition On American Idol: Your Next Steps
In order to give the very best audition possible, you need to have these 3 things in place.
Your Story - what is your message? What is your artist/brand story? Why do you do what you do?
Song Choice - does your song choice show off your most unique and confident voice? Is this a song that you KNOW sounds amazing? Do you have a back-up contrasting song prepared?
Personality - are you engaging and interesting as your own unique self?