on 14 January 2013
There is NOTHING about Musical Theatre auditions that is not covered in this terrific guide that will undoubtedly serve as your bible for many years to come.
Absolutely bursting with words of wisdom from someone who has been on BOTH sides of the audition table, this book offers help and advice along each and every step of an audition process. From letter writing and networking to choosing what to wear to choosing what to sing to professional conduct to what happens when you have left the audition room - with further advice and testimonials from industry professionals who are sitting on audition panels TODAY, this is nothing less than a perfect handbook for any auditionee.
Neil's writing is witty and honest, but above all reassures you that it is worth fighting in this over-populated, ever-competitive industry.
Stop contemplating buying it - put this book in your basket now.
on 9 July 2013
Every September I am faced with students who want to 'be in the industry' and think that overnight they are going to suddenly become famous. I introduce them to this book as one of their first reading tasks!
Neil's book is easy to read, fun and very informative about the process and preparation that is needed, whether starting out or as an established performer in the industry. It gives an insight into what should be considered before even stepping into the audition arena and is written In such a way that is encouraging not dismissive.
Neil's DVD 'Audition Audition Audition' works perfectly alongside this book.
on 31 March 2015
Neil Rutherford is one of the most respected figures in world musical theatre and this book is a summation of his enormous experience on both sides of the audition table. This is a gospel for any aspiring musical theatre performer. It contains practical advice presented in a deliciously entertaining manner. Neil's experience as an actor allows him to understand the neuroses and foibles of performers, and his experience as a casting director helps to break down the barrier that so often exists between auditioner and auditionee. From choosing a song, to interpreting its meaning, to prepping a dance call, to dealing with rejection, the book is filled with real life anecdotes from Neil and from other respected figures in the industry. The book is structured in such a way that you can select an appropriate passage to inform a specific moment of the audition process, or as was the case with me: read it from cover to cover in one go. It's sometimes said that there is no handbook for how to audition successfully for a musical - whoever says that is wrong, because this book IS the handbook for musical theatre auditions. If you want to know how to go from: "Darling, you have an audition next week." to: "Darling, you got the job!" - this is the book you need to buy.
on 20 October 2013
This book is a must for anybody who is even contemplating a career in the Theatre world, it's the bible of letting you know as a applicant performer, auditioning for a musical, after three years of training or even starting out to train the knowledge that has been passed on from these creatives in the theatre world, who are successful advocates in their own right from performer to director, musical director, choreographer, casting director ( Neil Rutherford) and agent their views on what they want to see come into the audition room , this is something that nobody finds out, but now you can it is very true and gives you an understanding of how to prep and deal with the audition before and after, which I think as a performer the after the event is sometimes forgotten about , some really good tips on professional etiquette and general presentation of ones self with the key feature being on PREPARATION!
It's a really good read and no doubt will stand you in good stead for an Audition.