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For the 1999 film directed by Mike Takashi, see Audition (1999 film)

An audition is a sample performance by an actor, singer, musician, dancer or other performer. It typically involves the performer displaying their talent through a previously memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before. In some cases, such as with a model or acrobat, the individual may be asked to demonstrate a range of professional skills. The audition is a systematic process in which industry professionals select performers, which is in some ways analogous to a job interview in the regular job market.


  • I didn't have a problem with rejection, because when you go into an audition, you're rejected already. There are hundreds of other actors. You're behind the eight ball when you go in there.
  • At the audition, your assignment is to find something new in the song. Something you've never noticed before. A breath carried over, a thought that ties the whole thing together. Then take the risk and do it.
    • Pete Seeger, How Can I Keep from Singing: Pete Seeger (1981)

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