I noticed that I had failed to answer this question:
By the way, how many auditions do you think the prospective customer actually listens to?
I’m sure this varies quite a bit from client to client. I do know that no matter how many people have auditioned for a job, if I think I’m right for the job and I want the work, I always audition. And I know for sure that at least twice I’ve been picked out of a pile of 200 or more applicants.
In fact, just the other day, I got a call back from an audition I did where I was one of 16 who were asked to re-audition from a group of more than 200 auditions.
So, the short and sweet of it is, if the job is appealing to you, go ahead and audition. You just never know. Well, you do know one thing: if you don’t audition, you aren’t going to get the job, no matter how right for it you may be.