Making Judges Root for You Is Key to Good Audition
By Stephanie Medlock
The Third Annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival Competition is set for October 13 and 14, and auditions for the festival are coming up on October 7 and 8. For anyone who wants to audition but is feeling a temporary loss of nerve, we have six suggestions to get over that stage fright.
“San Miguel International Storytelling Festival”
Auditions: Oct 7–8, 10:30am–1pm
Sala Literaria, Bellas Artes
Competition: Oct 13–14, 10:30am–3:30pm.
$200 pesos per day
Awards Night: October 15, 7pm–9pm.
These tips come from Margot Leitman’s book, Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You’ll Ever Need.
1. Get people on your side
Making a good first impression as the main character of your story is key. But telling the audience how great you are won’t do it. We all have more sympathy for the mistakes and gaffes a person makes.
2. Make sure your story is polished
Know what you are going to say, and don’t say “uh” forty-two times. The more you practice, the more natural and easy your story will sound.
Good stories are about how you felt.
Ironically, it’s seldom what happened that makes a good story. Instead, it’s how you felt about what happened. Stories can be about very small events as long as the emotions involved are big.
3. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end
It sounds obvious, but the minute someone tells a story without these components, the audience gets lost. There has to be a point, and in a seven-minute story, you need to get there quickly.
4. Start with something your audience can identify with
Say your story is about feeling overwhelmed and out of place when you arrived as a freshman at an Ivy League college. Don’t start by saying, “I went to Harvard.” Right off the bat, people may think you’re talking about going to an exclusive school. Set them up by saying something like, “I was the first person from Alex, Oklahoma (population 500) to get into Harvard. Because I have five brothers, I got a full scholarship, but that only made things worse once I arrived on campus.”
5. Don’t be boring
Don’t ramble on; don’t let your story sag in the middle; end it with a bang, and then, stop.
To register to audition, please contact Sharyn Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call her at 152 6515.