QCGU Alumni, Grammy Award winner http://www.timothymunro.com/
I did about 15 orchestral flute auditions. In my first audition I almost won the job, and after that I never advanced past the semi-finals of any audition. In retrospect, my preparation was driven totally by fear: I hid from fellow musicians (instead of doing lots of mock auditions, seeking advice), I had no structure (obsessing over or avoiding the excerpts that I most feared, rarely using a tuner), I almost never recorded myself (fearing the very thing that I should have been embracing), and I second-guessed myself constantly (instead of understanding and accepting my own unique qualities, and trying to put those forward). Sigh.