I have super talented students/clients/friends/pals who, sometimes, during the course of our voice training, have a tendency to not “pay attention.”
Not to me;
Not to their vocal technique;
Not to the words or music;
But, to the “detail of performance.”
If you are looking for an edge in your auditions and performances, pay attention.
When you practice, make every practice a performance with performance energy — don’t practice with your typical high school, college, community theatre, or “hey, I’m a pro, I do this all the time” energy. That only serves to make you as mediocre as the rest of the performers.
Once you get into this habit, you’re still not finished.
Keep connecting the dots of the song. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve performed a song. It’s not just a series of notes or words strung together, it is something that lives through you. A song can ONLY live through you. The more attention you pay to the song, the deeper and more complex it becomes.
In other words, “If you phone it in, we won’t call you back.”