We caught up with our International VP, Mark Goldthorp, for #TipTuesday and got his top 5 tips for auditions:

1, Let the song reveal something about you

Let your personality come through. Don’t hide. When I’m watching a performance I want to feel things, either to laugh or cry. Free yourself. Find a song that has some relevance to you. It will make it easier to be truthful, honest and specific.

2, Don’t obsess about your voice

Obsess about what you’re trying to convey.

3, Fall in love with the song

There’s no point singing a song you don’t love just because it might show a top C!

4, Mark your breaths in

Think about the sentences. Great singers phrase brilliantly but you can’t phrase without the solid foundation of breath. Learn to Breathe!

5, You are unique

Don’t try to sound like someone else. I’m never going be Ben Platt but then he’s never going play Trekkie Monster! Be yourself. Test: Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ without ‘adding’ anything. That’s your voice! Embrace it. The rest is all colours and shading.

Mark Goldthorp is International Vice Principal & Head of Musical Theatre at AMTA

Mark has recently performed in SUNSET BOULEVARD (Sheldrake) alongside Tony Award-winning actress Glenn Close at the London Coliseum. Prior to this, Mark performed in the European Premiere of SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE by Tony Award winning composer Michael John La Chiusa in London’s West End. His other numerous West End and touring credits include playing in MATILDA (Doctor/Escapologist), AVENUE Q (Nicky/Trekkie), the 25th Anniversary Concert of LES MISERABLES at the 02, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, INTO THE WOODS, LES MISERABLES, WOMAN IN WHITE, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. He recently premiered his new play, ALL THINGS NICE, in London. Mark also performed in THE SINGING TEACHER, which he co-wrote with Kenneth Avery-Clark and had its premiere in London in 2014.

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