Hit or Miss Feedback

By: Eric DeGrove, Founder Snap Audition, March 18, 2024
Hit or Miss Feedback

Why is audition feedback hit-or-miss or sometimes useless?

Ever thought:

I nailed that audition but was snubbed for the role.

How could I have lost to that person?

I did not expect to make the team, but I'd like to know what I need to improve.

I won the audition, but I don't know why.

Feedback Can be Dumb

"Troy Roberts dresses like a chicken farmer." Have you received feedback like that? I often watch live streams from Smalls Jazz Club in New York on YouTube. Saxophonist Troy Roberts once saw this comment from one of the livestream viewers about his attire. He then conducted an Instagram poll on the topic :). I've seen other comments from the same person about the "poor dress" of modern jazz musicians, especially at Smalls.

Feedback can be frustrating or plain dumb. Even positive feedback, while nice, can be unhelpful.

Feedback Should be Criteria Based

Judge opinions are more likely to be useless or even hurtful. Without judging criteria, opinions tend to dominate. Even overly positive opinions can be unhelpful.

The best feedback is rubric-based. Entrants are provided with the scoring rubric before submission. Then, they receive the complete rubric(s) back as feedback (this is all automated in Snap Audition).

Auditions as a Service

Feedback isn't realistic for all auditions, but maybe it should be the norm in ALL educational settings. Delivering judge feedback is time-consuming unless you use a system like Snap Audition, which automates the entire process.

We designed Snap around the concept that auditions can achieve more than finding who wins and who loses. They can be a tool to help people improve, but only if it's quick and easy.

Create an Audition in Snap for Free. Don't let feedback be hit-or-miss, no matter what you use to organize your auditions.