April 20, 2015
For those who follow us on Twitter, we recently reposted a brilliant blog on how a musician should prepare before they come and visit us for an audition, but until now there hasn’t really been anything for any of the other wonderful acts that we’ve met over the years.
As such, here are a few general tips for somebody who we’ve invited in for a short performance in our ‘intimate surroundings’ (/glorified prop cupboard). Don’t stress out if you don’t do these things but they’re definitely worth bearing in mind.
Look Us Up (I)
These few words embody two different things. One is knowing what we do before you get here. Have a look around the website and you may find a gap in the market for what we provide. Obviously not every act that we can put forward for a corporate event is listed – there are only so many hours in the day – but they do offer a very good insight into some of our most popular acts. So have you spotted an under-represented area of music, magic or circus? Why not tailor your audition to cater to what we lack?
Look Us Up (II)
This merely refers to where exactly you have to go when looking for us in the cultural hub that is central Wandsworth. Search us out on Google Maps, perhaps use Streetview to be doubly sure and if all else fails, look at the photo below and know that you’re looking for the building marked ‘Russell House’ just through those gates. It’s best to arrive with a fair amount of time before your audition as sometimes it’s difficult to find places to park in the area and you never know what may affect your train/car/teleportation device en route.
We See a Lot of Acts (I)
A lot. So many. It’s one of the great perks of working here. Pianists are very common as are singer guitarists and saxophonists. As such, you need to do something to stand out in your act. We always advise dressing as if you’re due to go on stage for a private function so that we can better picture it in our minds. Feel free to change when you get here incidentally; presumably there’s not a lot worse than lugging your double bass off the train when dressed in your fullcostume of high heels and a ball gown.
We See a Lot of Acts (II)
Because we see so many people, we tend to see a lot of the same tracks and tricks being performed. Yes, we know that Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran is hugely popular at the moment and that it certainly makes sense to add Uptown Funk to your repertoire – clients will no doubt request it - but you are more than welcome to play something else. Whatever you play won’t count against you if we’ve heard it before but it’s nice to hear something different every once in a while and yes, it’ll make you more memorable when you deliver a barnstorming version of Diamonds Are Forever rather than Someone Like You. As a slight aside, it’s totally fine to be nervous. We’re an easygoing bunch who just want to see what you can do!
Make the Most of Your Time
For magicians, you want to show us a few of your very best close-up tricks. A few that we see fairly often involve (without saying too much) a slab of glass and a card to a wallet. Like with the musicians, it’s fine to do these but if you can, maybe put your own twist on them. We’ll still be impressed if you don’t (seriously, how do you magicians do the things you do?) but in order to stand out from the crowd and be memorable, make it your own! For musicians, we don’t always have to hear the entire song. Medleys are good or snippets of tracks that give us a good insight into your range. There’s no point using up all your time by just whacking out November Rain in its entirety, even if it is a great song.
We Like a Dialogue
After your performance, we tend to ask a few questions to cover the basics (how long you perform for, where you come from, favourite Pokemon, etc.) so it’s a good idea to know your answers to those before coming in. If you have any questions about us then don’t hesitate; fire away and we’ll do our best to answer your queries. To be honest, this part is still technically part of the audition as we want to know you can talk to guests at functions as well as working with us throughout an enquiry. The simple truth is that you may have the finest vanishing act in the world but if you’re as charismatic as a potato then we may struggle to put you forward for events.
Ultimately we’re looking for the complete package and just want you to make the most of your opportunity with us. We often send a few people down to watch – it helps for us to have a broad range of opinions within the office – so enjoy!
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By Henry Fosdike