One of the many reasons that I started training and coaching indoor cycling instructors was to help ease the unsettling emotions that plague new instructors- the overwhelm, the nervousness, and the fear.
Even the instructors who come to me having already completed a certification program tell me that they feel like their heads are spinning, and that their certification was helpful but didn’t give any direction regarding what to do next.
I get panicked messages all the time from people who are able to get auditions for instructor positions but have no clue how to prepare. Unfortunately, there is a lot of coaching involved to get an instructor fully ready for an audition. If you need some guidance, you can download this Free Audition Checklist to get you started.
When I coach instructors through audition prep, we have to consider a lot of different factors. For example, is the audition at a traditional club or a boutique studio? What's the format of the class you'll be teaching if you get the job? What parameters do you need to follow in your audition? Is it an open call or a private audition?...And those questions barely scratch the surface!
Since there are so many factors that vary depending on the situation, it's hard to offer general advice for an audition. However, there is one really important element that will make or break your ability to get the job...
Before you go in for your audition, make sure you have ridden at least a few classes at that studio or club.
First of all, imagine being a manager of a studio and a potential instructor comes to you saying that he/she loves your studio and wants to join your team, but they've never taken a class there. Doesn't really match up, does it? How could this person know if they liked it or if they would even be a good fit if they've never ridden there before? Hmm...
Secondly, and more importantly for you as the interviewee, you need to find a studio or club that offers the kind of ride (traditional, rhythm-based, choreography, metrics, etc.) and the kind of culture that fits with who you are as an instructor. You'll never know these things about a club until you spend enough time there to learn how they ride and how they work.
There are many other reasons to support riding at a studio or club at which you plan to audition, but just try me on this. If you're interviewing somewhere, make sure you get your butt in the saddle in a few of their classes before it comes time for your audition.
Are you prepping for an interview or audition and you need a little guidance? Let's chat. You can book a free discovery call with me here, and we can discuss how to get you ready!