Choosing Material can often be the difference between loving singing and hating it. I remember back to college when my voice teacher assigned me songs that I either disliked or was just not excited about. I kept feeling stuck with my voice because the material was just blah for me. The worst thing I did was wait for her to assign me something.
Cut to a few years out of school and living in New York City. I started researching and really figuring out what material I loved. Obviously, with auditions I often would be sent material to perform rather than singing from my book, but when I did get to sing from my book it felt like an extension of me.
Let me say this: You should love everything in your book. When you stop loving something, take it out. It’s totally ok to put something down for a while that isn’t serving you. Also, not everything you work on in lessons should be in your audition book. Some songs help you with vocal technique instead of with booking work.
I have had MANY actors ask me lately how to find material. It’s an ongoing process, one that isn’t solved in an afternoon for sure. Here are a few ideas to help you in your process:
TAKE CLASS + AUDITION
LOOK THROUGH MUSICNOTES & STAGE AGENT
ASK A VOCAL or REP COACH
OTHER RESOURCESSheetMusicPlus, Performer Stuff, Google, Scribd, Reddit, Facebook Groups, Tumblr