Circle of Lights

Online Auditions: September 10, 2019 - September 26, 2019 11:59PM

  • Thank you for auditioning for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481.

    This is a very special event and we’re pleased you wish to be a part of it.
  • This year will be the most spectacular yet, with incredible audio visual upgrades planned for Monument Circle.

    Watch this video to learn more!
    Click here for more information about "Shining a Light"
  • Please review all of this information before recording or submitting your online audition.
  • Your audition will be considered for the following performances:
    • Circle of Lights 11/29
      • LIVE on the Circle 6-7pm
      • LIVE on the Circle and LIVE on WTHR 7-8pm
    • “Holidays on the Circle” performances: Nov 30, Dec 1, Dec 7, Dec 14
    • Dates to save on your calendar
      • October 16, 2019- You'll be notified via e-mail if you advance
      • October 26, 2019 - 8:30am-1pm - Invitation-Only Callback Auditions - Downtown Indianapolis
      • November 6, 2019 6:30-9:30pm - Rehearsal #1 - Downtown Indianapolis
      • November 20, 2019 6:30-9:30pm -Rehearsal #2 - Downtown Indianapolis
      • November 29th 2:30pm-8:30pm - The Circle of Lights - Monument Circle , Downtown Indianapolis
    • Judges will evaluate your performance based on the following criteria:
      • Talent
      • Visual presentation
      • Stage presence
    • Pick your song!
      • Holiday or Winter Theme
      • No solo a capella (however GROUPS singing a capella ARE allowed)
      • No lip syncing
    • There is a 2 MINUTE LIMIT for your audition video.
    • Record your video BEFORE you fill out your audition form.
    • Ask a helper to:
      • Judge the sound balance between the singer and the background music
      • Hold the camera and record
      • Stop recording at the 2 minute mark
    • Prepare to record!
      • We recommend using a smartphone or tablet made within the last 3 years
      • Record Indoors
      • Eliminate background noise
      • Ensure lighting is sufficient so we can see your face(s) clearly
      • Make sure your voice can be heard CLEARLY over the background music
        • The singer may need to get close to the camera to pick up the sound well
        • Better to have the music a little too soft than too loud.
      • Hold the camera in LANDSCAPE MODE!
        • The longest side parallel to the ground.
        • Camera height should be about the same height as the performer's head.
      • Camera Settings
    • RECORD YOUR AUDITION
      • Press record
      • Quickly tell us who you are and what you're going to perform.
      • Sing and/or dance your heart out!
      • Stop recording at the 2-minute mark.
        • It's ok if you have to stop recording in the middle of a song. You won't be penalized for it.
      • Play it back and make sure it's good to go
        • If you're not happy with it, try again until you get a keeper!
        • Be sure to delete any bloopers or scrapped recordings so you don't accidentally submit the wrong one!
    • SUBMITTING THE AUDITION FORM
      • Connect to WiFi if possible.
        • Using cellular data could eat up a BIG chunk of your monthly data allowance. Normal data fees will apply.
      • Plug into a charger
      • Turn your device's display "auto lock" or "screen timeout" to the maximum allowable.
      • Go to the bottom of this page a click the button to "Submit Your Entry"
      • Fill out all form fields.
      • At the bottom of the form, select your video from your "camera roll"
        • On Apple products, your device will take a few minutes to compress the file. Be patient
        • On Android, Choose Documents. Then find Videos > Camera.
          • Some Android devices may save the recording in a sub-folder labeled "DCIM" or "DOCUMENTS"
        • Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully! Make sure you agree to all elements before checking the box.
          • If you're under 18, you must have a parent or guardian read the rules and check the box to agree.
        • Carefully type the security code in
        • Click "submit" and BE PATIENT
          • This could take up to 20 MINUTES OR MORE depending on your device and connection, so hang in there!
          • Do not refresh, or navigate away from this page while it's submitting.
          • Leave the phone plugged into your charger with the screen on.
        • Once the submission is complete, you'll see this screen:

          Then you know you're good to go!
        • If you did not receive a screen that said "your audition has been submitted", try the process one more time
    • You'll be notified by October 16th via e-mail if you make the finals.
    • Thanks for auditioning! Good luck!

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