First impression matters… a lot.
What someone thinks about you the moment they set their eyes on you goes a long way in determining how they respond to you and how they treat you.
Same thing can be said for how you present yourself when giving an interview.
As a singer you want to make sure that you nail that interview.
Simply because this might be the key to getting that massive exposure that will further your career or give you that big break that you are looking for.
Now i know this might sound like something really difficult.
When you think of all the things that just might go wrong, it is alright to get cold feet.
But really there is nothing to giving a great interview.
All you need to do is to make sure you follow the tips laid out in this article and you will be fine.
So without wasting any more time, here are some tips to make sure that you ace your next interview and leave your audience in awe.
1. Your looks say a lot
This really goes without saying, but the way you dress determines how you will be addressed.
You need to wear something that you are comfortable in.
This is especially true if you are meeting the person face to face and not an online interview.
You want to make sure that whatever you are putting on makes you feel at ease and does not make you uncomfortable.
Now this does not mean you have to break the bank or spend all you have just on clothes.
Looking through your wardrobe, you can easily pick out something that is formal and comfortable at the same time.
Remember that during your interview, you want to make a lasting impression on the person interviewing you and not spend the whole time trying to adjust your clothing.
Now this has to do with knowing how you are going to respond to questions.
First you need to make sure that you are articulate and that you speak properly.
In most cases, the person doing the interview might let you see the questions before you begin.
This gives you ample time to prepare and get your answers correctly.
But if this does not happen then you need to make sure that you know your answers down to a T.
For example you might be asked “What is your background and how did you get into music”
This is an easy way to talk about yourself and get the audience to know you story.
So make sure you have everything in place.
Another way of preparation is to make sure that you come across as friendly and open.
So smile a lot and make a lot of eye contact.
Also make sure that your body language portrays a lot of confidence.
3. You need to be enthusiastic
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who is really boring?
They have no enthusiasm and just make the motions like a robot.
Well, make sure you do not come across like that guy especially in an interview.
This is because as singers, we are creative people.
We need to be able to enter a room and hold everyone spellbound with our performance.
That same enthusiasm should come across when giving interviews.
Allow your personality to shine through.
Be yourself. Nothing screams insecurity as you trying to be someone else.
So the next time you feel like trying to fake an accent or dress up like someone different, remember that it is better for your audience to see and know the real you.
4. Get involved in the conversation
Yes i know it is an interview and you are the one being interviewed, that does not mean you can’t ask some questions of your own.
Move the conversation from a monologue to a dialogue.
One way to do this is by asking your interviewer some questions of your own.
The thing to remember is not to turn the tables around but to come across as being open and friendly.
As singers, you need to show people that you are friendly.
Nobody likes a stuck up singer...believe me
So try as much possible to engage in meaningful dialogue with the person doing the interview.
5. Finally have some fun
As much as you want an audience to share your work with and you feel they are doing you a huge favor, you need to relax and have fun.
Do not get worked up.
All you need to do is to make sure that you are following all the tips mentioned above and you will be fine.
So if you are asked to get up and belt your favorite tune, go with the flow.
Asked to do an imitation of your favorite actress or singer, go along with the ride.
At the end you want to have fun and have a great day.
The key to giving a great interview is to be yourself.
It might sound a cliché but it really is not.
You want to make sure that you allow your personality to shine through.
Remember that after recording that beautiful song, you need to get noticed and an interview is one way you can achieve this.
So go out there, be yourself and just have fun.
When you take into consideration the tips and points mentioned above, you should do just fine.
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