Auditions are coming up quickly in February. We’re finalizing details and hope to make the big announcement at the end of this week. In the meantime, we wanted to address a few questions we’ve come across from folks who have expressed interest and curiosity in the audition process. A few FAQs, a few videos and hopefully a little nudge to get you polishing or writing an audition piece.
Do I have to be a professional writer to audition?
Absolutely not. No special degrees or letters of recommendation needed here. While some folks will have a background in writing, many will not and that’s perfectly fine.
Do I have to have experience in front of large audiences?
Nope. If the biggest audience you’ve ever had stares back at you in the mirror, then you’ve got enough experience.
I’m a dude, can I still audition?
Yes! A million times yes! Our show puts the spotlight on the experience of motherhood. Both men and women, parents and not, have their own unique stories about the mother figures in their lives. We hope to share a diverse panorama of motherhood so come one, come all!
I’d love to audition but I have no idea what to write.
We’ve all got stories to tell – funny, sad, moving, emotional, hysterical, enlightening, silly stories. We want to present our audience with a diverse program of stories. We welcome whatever it is you’ve got to say. You can share a story, write a poem or share a commentary piece on an aspect of motherhood. This is your show so we want you to share with us what really resonates with you about motherhood. If you happen to be a blogger, scrapbooker or journal keeper, then you might discover the perfect piece has already been written or the perfect inspiration to kick things off.
Will I have to memorize my piece?
Heavens no! At the audition (and also the day of the show), you will have your written piece in front of you to read from.
How long should my piece be?
Each piece should come in at 5 minutes or less.
Who will be watching my audition?Are the auditions videotaped?
While the show itself will be recorded and posted on the official Listen To Your Mother YouTube channel, auditions are private and not recorded. We want the audition process to be a safe space for everyone to share their stories. Each person auditioning will read their piece for Laura and me and no one else.
Who retains the rights to my work?
Precisely – YOUR work. You retain all rights.
We will officially announce our auditions tomorrow Friday January 25th! While you wait, take a peek at the videos below. They are an excellent representation of the diversity we’re looking for. Be inspired! Ready to audition? Check out the guidelines for our call for submissions!