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Let's Start at the Beginning... It's a marginally okay place to start...

I was picking my brain trying to figure out where to start with this SaveMyAudition blog. So I figured the first stretch of blog posts (hopefully 1 a week) would cover the room, the audition room. What to expect and what it's like to be in the room for 8 hours a day.

Let's start with the basics (in the music theater world):

What is an audition?

An audition is a crazy, entirely unique, situation. You walk into a room, spend a minute or two trying to convince someone you may or may not have ever seen before, that you are worth investing their money in. Well, first you have to get past a casting director. We'll get into that later. But it's made up, this experience is made up and unique to the performing arts.

Types of Auditions:

This is not an actual audition. This is bullshit.

This is not an actual audition. This is bullshit.

  • ECCs - Equity Chorus Call - Also known as a Cattle Call. Webster's dictionary defines an ECC as... well nothing, it's not in there, I didn't actually look that up but I've yet to find a phrase in the dictionary, just single words. 
       This is where most shows begin. There are two types of ECCs, singer and dancer. The casting call will tell you what the show is and what to prepare. Then a bunch of people show up at a rehearsal studio and line up for their chance to sing 32/16 and sometimes 8 bars for usually a casting director and a representative from the show's music department, usually an associate. A week prior to the audition you can sign up for an ECC at the Actor's Equity Association building. There will be a list for men, women and dancers. The list is taken down when Equity closes the day before the call.
       On the day of the call you should arrive early. The monitor will call the names on the list, since there are usually a lot of repeats and no-shows your actual audition time slot may be much earlier than you anticipate, so show up on time (early)!
       Singers - You will then be lined up at the door of the audition room. Bravely enter the portal and sing your heart out.
      Dancers - You'll enter the room in groups and learn a short combination or two. Sometimes you'll be asked to stay and sing a short piece. Always have your audition book on you. ALWAYS. Let me repeat that. ALWAYS HAVE YOUR AUDITION BOOK ON YOU. It amazes me that people travel to auditions without their book. There is no excuse for that. Even if you've been given specific callback material for an audition and told that there will be absolutely no chance that you'll be asked to sing something of your own... ALWAYS HAVE YOUR AUDITION BOOK ON YOU! And while I'm on it, have a picture and resume on you, or a couple. Always be prepared.
      These calls can be closed at any time once they begin. So don't plan on showing up a 5:50 and being seen. Chances are if the call didn't attract too many people that the people in the room left a long time ago after closing the call.
  • EPAs - Equity Principal Audition - Generally the same as an ECC but you sign up for a specific time slot. You show up prior to your time slot, get lined up, walk in the room and do your thing. The rules for material here are slightly different. You are given an allotment of time not a number of measures.
  • Open Call - The most chaotic and dreaded of the calls. This is a call that is literally open to anyone. Your hairdresser who has never sang a note in his life can swing on by and be seen. Equity, non-Equity and EMC are all given the same priority. You show up and you are seen in the order you arrive. is glorious on these days!
  • Submission Call - This is exactly what it sounds like. Your agent, or manager, or even the director, choreographer or music director of the show holding auditions will submit you to the casting office and you'll be given an appointment for your audition. Show up early!
  • Callback Audition - Once you make it through the first round of auditions listed above the next step, should you be so lucky, is callbacks. You'll most likely receive material from the show to prepare, or be asked to sing what you sang at your initial call for some of the creative team from the show. This round of auditions can go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. It's not unusually to have seven or eight callbacks for a show. Not as common as it once was, but it still happens. Eventually you'll have your final callback, for the full team of the show (creative/producers/other fancy people that seem to hang out in the room and I can't quite figure out what their role is), but you can sometimes be greeted by 10-20 faces behind the table. It can be daunting. But you've made it this far because someone likes you, have faith in that.
More bullshit.

More bullshit.

So that covers most of the different types of auditions you'll encounter. Feel free to comment and correct me below.

It's not an easy life, and you'll go to far more auditions than first day's on the job... But live your life, be you. Every Audition Counts


Apparently you can sign up online now for calls. Technology, man, it's crazy. Do they post anything on those boards anymore? But the rest of that description should be acurate.

-Aaron Jodoin


Today's great midtown place...

City Kitchen
700 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Still a relatively hidden place for a solid, but mildly pricey lunch. Located on the second floor with floor to ceiling windows that look out over 8th Avenue. They have lots of delicious food and DOUGH doughnuts... Get like 4 of them and eat them all, don't share.

So here we go... Almost... Launching soon!!

Blogs... Are those still a thing? Not that I ever had one, actually I think I may have had one. I can't even remember. Oh well, I'm getting sidetracked. What was I saying...

Oh yes, this is the official Save My blog. Hopefully it will become a nice place to come find some humorous musings about the audition world from an audition pianist and learn some things through my sarcastic sense of observation. After all, there are only so many times you can make me turn a page in a 2 page cut - let me repeat that - TURN A PAGE -- IN A TWO PAGE CUT! - without me getting a little annoyed at you.


But that's why we are here! Save My is being built to help you with all of those audition needs. It's focused heavily on music right now. I'm an audition pianist. That's what I know best. I've been an audition pianist for a lot of years. I played my first set of auditions at 16, I'm now much older than that. I tried to do the math on how many auditions I've played and I realized I couldn't even try to figure out how many times I've played an audition cut. But I would guesstimate that a rough estimate would be tens of thousands of auditions. That's probably conservative. What I'm say is - I've played a lot of auditions.

I've been in the room a lot. I've been handed a cocktail napkin with some lyrics and chords scribbled out as "sheet music". I've been handed a lyric sheet with NO chords as "sheet music". I've been handed a vocal book with just the melody and no piano music or chords. I've been handed shattered iPads as "sheet music." I've also seen sexts on those iPads while playing your audition. I've had pages missing in your cut and just played the rest of the song without you missing a beat. I've also messed up your audition. I apologize for that, after a full day of 16 bar cuts, you're bound to completely mess one up. I once played "Natural Woman" in four. That's hard to do, I couldn't shift to the proper feel, I was stuck.

I'm wandering now. So - this blog will be a place for some humorous helpful hints and more appropriately thought out tips and advise. Maybe we'll have some guests come by and write a blog and give us some insight on the whole audition thing.

-Aaron Jodoin

Today's great place that gets me through the day in midtown..


 Margon Cuban Restaurant
136 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Hands down the best Cuban Sandwich you can find in the city.

Do it.

With everything.

You will not be disappointed.

Until then, every audition counts.