The Voice was a television break through with their version of the audition process. For once, they focused on the talent more than looks; unlike other talent competition shows. Like any other production, they have their secrets. Despite the illusion, the open call process was positive enough for me to audition twice. I traveled to Chicago, IL for my first audition and to Cleveland, OH for my second. Both times are unique in several ways.
Auditioning for The Voice:
When choosing to audition for The Voice be mindful of travel time.Be sure to pick a time that will fit your schedule and leave room for any bumps on the road. You can register on their site. Fill out the form, choose a head shot and pick a time of audition.
When I traveled 5 hours to audition, I picked a 2pm time knowing I would arrive in Chicago around 10am. My plan was to have enough time to eat, get dolled up and line up an hour early. I am glad I planned for time because we didn’t get out of the train station until almost 11am which altered my plans significantly.
There is a two part waiting process for The Voice open call auditions. The long line followed by a waiting room before you sing to a judge. Because The Voice has scheduled line up times the wait is shorter in comparison to other audition processes.
Before you move on to the waiting room you are numbered off into groups who you will then sit and audition with. This was my favorite part because I met new people who were aspiring artists. The big question was “If all four judges turned around who would you choose as your coach.” I shocked people with my answer of Adam Levine because the group members expected me to choose Blake Shelton due to being from Ohio. Keep in mind this is the open call process and we do not audition for the celebrity judges.
The waiting room was positive, full of energy but serious. While talent wanted to sing and get their nerves out the workers advised we save our voices.
I really appreciated the seriousness and professionalism The Voice offered during their open call audition. I didn’t feel like just another peon but a serious artist and performer.
When you finally get in to see the judge you are auditioning with your group, which is about 10-12 other people. These judges can be A&R reps, producers and other industry professionals.
I don’t have a personal story but instead I offer advice. Pick a song that is:
A.) not super popular, but still well known
B.) compliments and shows off your abilities
C.) That you can make your own.
You want the judges to notice you, don’t’ be 100th person singing a Chainsmoker song; you will not stand out. In turn if you are a rock singer but try to sing Whitney Houston, and she doesn’t fit your voice, it won’t pan out well. Here are some ways to stand out:
1.) If you are female sing a popular male song; if you are male sing a popular female song. ( click here for an example; or wait until the end of this post.)
2.) Sing something from your parents’ day; a girl in my group sang White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane.
3.) Sing an original song; this is bold but for a few people is has worked. Keep in mind the type of competition The Voice is and be ready to sing your own version of popular songs.
“What happens next?”
Well, you are either sent home, asked to provide contact information or move on to the next round of auditions, the private auditions. From there you go through a few more rounds before meeting the celebrity judges. So those people sent home during blind auditions worked really hard to get on TV; mad props to them.
Overall this is my favorite audition experience. The atmosphere is professional, you aren’t waiting for insanely long hours and you get to meet new people. I love to audition because meeting new people is great and rooting on talent is even better.
Check out my comparison piece of The Voice Vs. American Idol under reviews. You will be surprised the differences in both processes. Comment below with the city you auditioned in followed by a #hayliestory.