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Audition Process

Invited Calls

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Candidates should be familiar with a broad range of contemporary musical styles and be experienced with a high level of proficiency with their chosen instrument. Strong sight reading skills and the ability to "play by ear" are both important. Candidates need to apply under the desired city to be considered for invited calls. Applicants will be pre-screened by Carnival Entertainment, once you apply you will receive a response to your email one week prior to auditions.

Acoustic Soloists, Acoustic Duos, and Piano Bar Entertainers will select their own music for the performance portion of the audition whereas musical material will be provided for instrumentalists and vocalists via email. Instrumentalists will also have an additional sight reading component.

You would need the following things for your live audition:
Drummers: Please bring your own cymbals to your LIVE audition
• Guitarists/Bassists: Amps will be provided at the audition site
• Keyboardists: A professional keyboard and amp will be provided at the audition site

Online Auditions

If you are unable to attend one of our live auditions you may apply at any time on our website. All applicants should be familiar with a broad range of contemporary musical styles and be experienced with a high level of proficiency with their chosen instrument. Strong sight reading skills and the ability to play by ear are both important.

Applicants must submit a current resume, photo and a demo reel link. Preferred video links are YouTube, Vimeo or Dropbox and they should not exceed five minutes in length. If you meet the requirements we will invite you to take an online interview through Hirevue to learn more about yourself. Selected instrumentalists and vocalists will take an online interview which will test their sight reading skills. Should you make it to the next stage you will be invited for an online audition using Hirevue.

Here’s what you need for your online auditions:
  • Your instrument and necessary accessories
  • A computer or an IOS/Android compatible mobile device with the HireVue app
  • A YouTube or another online video service account
  • A separate camera or mobile device to ensure higher video quality and to provide a back-up recording in the event of internet failure (all except Piano Bar Entertainers)
  • A computer with printer (instrumentalists only)
  • While not required, it is suggested that instrumentalists and vocalists use an external speaker and/or microphone to aid in the recording process

The average response time between stages could be anywhere between 3 - 6 weeks.

HIREVUE

HireVue allows you to begin and complete your audition on YOUR time. You can take as much or as little time as you need or even separate your audition into multiple sessions! Simply leave your current question unanswered and exit out of your web browser. Log back in when you are ready to continue by clicking on the HireVue invitational link sent in previous email.

After you complete your digital interview you will be given a link to download the instructions and materials to prepare for your upcoming LIVE audition. Please follow the audition instructions closely and prepare the musical materials to your highest ability. Feel free to get creative with how you bring the music to life!
Check out our Auditions Page too see where we’re recruiting next!
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