When Brooke and I came up with our idea for Gals With Goals in the fall of 2014, we decided that we would pick out our own goals for January through November and pick each other’s 12th goal for December. With my obsession of listening to Podcasts, experiencing Brooke’s TedTalks, and her book, there was no doubt in my mind about having Brooke share one of her stories with The Moth. Brooke has challenged me to record this month! Of course I’m freaking out and overthinking every detail of what to record, when to record, where to record, who to record with, etc. I have several projects ideas lined up with Joe and Michael, but there’s no way we would be able to complete them this month with the holidays and all of our other obligations. I’ve decided to record a solo flute piece so that I don’t have to worry about coordinating with other people and their schedules. This recording will be used as an additional demo on my Sound Cloud account. (https://soundcloud.com/angela-renee-heck/sets/recordings-dr-angela-heck)
For those of you who are interested in recording, here’s what you need to know about recording demos!
1) Recorded demos act as a type of business card and are great professional tools strategically used to jumpstart and/or advance your career.
2) These recordings are an investment in the future, not necessarily a source of income.
3) Showcase your musical ability with at least 3-4 works or movements of contrasting time periods, musical styles, and genres.
4) Highlight your strengths, range of technique, and interpretive skills.
5) Grab your listener’s attention by starting with your best recording and order your selections to create an interesting progression.
6) Use your demo to apply for grants, competitions, festivals, orchestral auditions, teaching jobs, residencies, and booking concerts.
7) Demos can include studio recordings and live performances. Examples of live performance are often preferred in most application scenarios. Your adrenalin can give live performances recordings a nice edge that you won’t necessarily hear in a studio recording.
8) Record repertoire you’ve polished, performed several times, and that is appropriate for your demo needs.
9) Demonstrate your own unique voice.