Britains Got Talent Auditions – Some tips and advice from an experienced performer.
By Tim Marston, 13 September 2011 –
Thinking about entering Britain’s Got Talent Auditions?
Planning to enter one of the other TV talent show auditions?
Would you like some great tips and advice on how to get the most from TV talent show auditions and appearing on Britains got Talent?
Merlin Cadogan entered the Britains Got Talent auditions in 2009 and got to the semi final. I asked him to share some of his advice for the auditions and appearing on Britains Got Talent and he kindly agreed to help.
I sent him a list of questions and he responded in depth with some awesome tips and advice built on real world experience from TV performances, twenty years of entertainment experiences and his time on the world famous TV talent show.
Firstly can you tell my readers a little about yourself, your performance career so far, how you came into performing, what acts your perform, etc....?
I got to the semi finals of Britains Got Talent in 2009. I have been a professional juggler and escapologist for 20 years. I have worked all over the world and performed for massive audiences in stadiums, on TV, on stage, walkabout and street theatre.
So, Britain's Got Talent. How did you come to enter auditions for the show? Did you contact them or did they get in touch with you?
My ex wife sent my application off for the auditions.
What were you hopes, goals or ambitions for applying for the auditions and appearing on the Britains Got Talent?
Before I appeared on the show I didn't have any real hopes, goals or expectations, I just went along with an open mind and a positive attitude.
When you went for your auditions how was the experience? Was it like it appears on the TV or not?
I have worked on TV before, and I think that definitely helped me. I think it is important to understand that what you see on TV is not how things just happen to be. Every clip shown has been chosen, the producers of TV shows have researchers working flat out trying to find things of interest. The aim of the programme is entertainment, it’s not about talent. Look how many joke people make it on to the TV; they are there because they're entertaining. Loads of people have more talent and skill than me, it's not about that. It's a TV show on Saturday night. It's ALL about entertainment.
Looking back on your experience with Britains Got Talent do you feel it was beneficial to your career or not?
It was very beneficial for me appearing on Britains Got Talent, but if you are already an established act it can actually do you harm. I know a number of acts that have worked the same circuits I've worked for years, gone on Britains Got Talent been given terrible reviews from the judges, and now they struggle to get work as a result.
Britains Got Talent is not the be all and end all of everything, there's lots of ways to get your act out there...
Finally if one of my readers was thinking about appearing on Britain's Got Talent, America's Got Talent, or any other TV talent show auditions what tips and advice would you give them?
You need to look at the big picture all the time, and not get caught up in the now. I saw lots of people get fed up and start moaning about waiting around, about having to do things over and over. Remember the people who work on the show do that job EVERY day. They don't want to hear it; they want someone who is happy and positive.
Those people who complain all the time get left behind. You might think you're the next big thing, you might be, but if you have a bad attitude, you will fail. Put yourself in their shoes, and see things from their point of view. You will do a lot better. Do what you know, do your best and be flexible. Understand that the producers will know their job better than you. If they ask you to do something there will be a reason.
Cooperate! You are a small part of a big thing, it’s so hard to step back and see whole picture, but try to all the time. Pay attention when you're not actually being filmed, look who's doing what, and why they're doing it. Be proactive, learn from other people mistakes.
There are millions of jugglers, singers etc if you want to get somewhere you will have to either be one of the best, or different from the rest. If your aim is to get famous and rich from your performing you will probably fail. If you class a successful career as performing for a number of years, being kept busy, doing a job you enjoy then you might succeed.
I have met lots of people who nearly made it, and now they are bitter and twisted that they didn't get the breaks they felt they deserved. Be happy with your chosen career, enjoy it, and you might go far.
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