This is the thought that I have been obsessed with for weeks now. Coldly calculating a way to give myself the best chance to show off my talents to casting directors. Picking 16 bars worth of music to sing is like picking a sentence. Something that's exciting, a complete thought, but also shows off your personality, and oh yeah, hast to fit into what their looking for their shows. It's stupidly hard in my opinion and constantly over thought. So what did I do when I needed to pick my 16? immediately started to over think it. Of course.
This brings me to my voice lessons. Part of what I love about them is I get to hand off my music to someone else who gets to think for me while I play around and explore all the different ways to express the song. This is when the personal connection to the song happens. Also I sing in front of the mirror, because I figure if I can connect with myself I can better connect with someone else; which falls along the same vein of loving yourself, so other people can love you- self-help, but actually helpful bullshit. Back to my voice lessons though; and finding the perfect 16. The best and only advice I can give to you is hand your music off to someone else you trust whether that be your voice teacher, your roommate, an honest stranger on the street, and work it till it clicks, and if it doesn't click so what? Pick a different song, a song that you enjoy and repeat the process. Stop making it a burden, and make it a game. I hope this helps, and good luck to everyone picking their music for this audition season. See you all there. ;)