Hi all! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I just auditioned for the voice and wanted to write about my experience so other newbies would know what to expect when they went.
First of all, I arrived 30 minutes before my audition time and there were already hundreds of people in line. The two people in front of me in line were nice enough to talk to me and adopt me into their group for the day. We waited outside in line for about 20 to 30 minutes (in the shade, thank goodness!), and then we waited inside for about 20 minutes until we were sent to the main holding room.
In the main holding room, we waited in lines (there were about 8 to 12ish) for an hour, were processed, and then escorted to seats. At the seats, we were free to go to the bathroom or go sing in the other room next to the bathrooms (it was more private because there were about 20 people in it at a time in comparison to 800 or more in the main holding room). The seats were sectioned off and they escorted half of a section at a time to go sing. After waiting about an hour and a half, we were escorted upstairs to another line. We waited in that line for 20 to 30 minutes, and then were sent to a hallway where we sat in front of the audition room in groups of 10. Oddly enough, throughout the entire 4 to 4 and a half hours I was there, I never heard one person warm up their voice (they sure did practice their songs though). While no one seemed to understand the importance of warming up their voices, there was a lot of singing going on in the main room.
When you reach the audition room waiting area, you will audition with 9 other people. The Voice crew will make it a very positive experience though. They allow you to sing a verse and a chorus, which is exactly what their website FAQ’s say. I really appreciated how nice most of the crew was and how much they seemed to care about upholding each contestants dignity. I really commend them on that because most singing shows like to embarrass contestants for TV ratings.
In terms of clothing, just wear whatever fits your style. I saw people get call backs who wore jeans and a t-shirt, and others who dressed up a bit more. I really don’t think the clothing is the biggest thing for this competition.
Overall, I was exhausted from hours of being stressed and nervous, but talking to the other contestants really helped ease my nerves. I met so many people with the same dreams that I had, and they were very accepting, supportive, and friendly. I was afraid of being there all by myself for countless hours, but the other contestants really made me feel welcome and comfortable (well, as comfortable as you can be at an audition).
Sorry for the lack of pictures, I was so focused and nervous that day that I didn’t really want to take any. I wish I had taken pictures in front of The Voice sign, especially since I took 2 hours to do my hair and make-up. Oh well! I hope this helps some of you who are going to audition in the future. I know I felt really uneasy about the process since it almost seemed secretive, but I heard from other contestants that it’s run way better than other singing shows. Do expect to wait there a very long time though! Hope this helps!!!