Performing a super lip sync is easier said than done. Here are some tips that will definitely help you rock the house at your next event. If you have additional advice, be sure to add a comment at the end of this post.
It’s All in the Song
Song selection is key. Period. If you are singing solo, something by the Jackson 5 might not be a strong choice. It’s best if the number of people we hear singing matches the number of singers on stage performing the number. Make sure you really like the song, because you will have to sell it onstage. If you don’t particularly care for your number, chances are your audience won’t either. Be mindful of your song’s message, your audience, and your venue. A high school talent show might not allow certain songs–be sure to check the fine print before you commit your song to memory.
Don’t Just Stand There
Incorporate some appropriate movement into your song. Swaying to the beat will grow tiresome for your audience, so be sure to vary what you do. If you can move like your song’s original singer, all the better!
Interact With Your Audience
Chances are you are preparing this lip sync for performance in front of a live audience—classmates, best friends, family, bar patrons, what have you. Be sure to look at us—singing is about communicating. Ignoring us is bad form. Crooning into the microphone eyes closed for the entire song makes us want to order another…glass of apple cider.
There’s nothing worse than a bad lip sync. You absolutely must know all the words to your song. Print out those lyrics and commit them to memory. Budget one hour of rehearsal time for every minute of stage time–add more if you’re going to do some fancy choreography.
Dress for Success
Select something appropriate to wear, being mindful of the venue and your audience. Is this the time to dress like the original singer? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Rehearse multiple times in the costume you plan to wear, and ladies, please make sure you can actually walk in those stilettos…
Schedule a Dress Rehearsal
Well, how good are you, really? Rehearsing in the mirror is helpful but get an extra set of eyes to give you some feedback. Ask them to be honest but not cutting. At the end of the day, what matters the most is: does your mouth match the music?
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