It’s so funny to be in the room before I go into an audition. If any artist is reading this you may know exactly what I am talking about. First, you get the audition notice. You feel that rush of excitement and a little bit of fear. You sit there thinking of what you have prepared for the auditions….What monologues will really show the casting director what I have to offer? What song will really show the range of my voice and that I can sing?? Should I accompany myself or should I bring in sheet music and risk having a different feeling to the music than what I’m used to???? Who is the casting director??!?!?! DO I KNOW THEM?!???!!!! DO THEY KNOW SOMEONE I KNOW?!!!! OH NO!!!!!
hahaha here is your answer. TRUST YOURSELF!
There is one thing I have learned from being an actor and going to numerous auditions for various commercials, television shows, feature films and broadway tours; it’s to just RELAX! We have nothing to stress about. SERIOUSLY. You may be reading this and say “you are such a liar. There is so much to stress about, I have the casting director, the television show, my reputation, my family, my parents, my grandparents….breath….relax…the only thing that matters in this room is Y.O.U.
I do agree that you do have a reputation you want to uphold but the best way to recover from a bad audition is to show growth to your next one. You WILL have the chance to audition for those casting directors again and show improvement. Show them what you have learned. One of the biggest things I’ve learned over the past 2 weeks and from a seminar I went to called 99 Actors Day 2.0 was that Casting Directors want to see what you have learned. That you continue to grow and continue your education as an actor. We are all athlete’s, take the training as a chance to grow and learn.
It doesn’t have to be just classes though. You can learn from so many other aspects in life. Allow your friends and family to have their say. They have the best advice when it comes to “slowing down.” After all, they do know you the best. So listen to them. Take a breath before you go into your next audition. You are INVITED to be there. It is about YOU. Breath. Relax. Now Audition.
“Don’t let PERFECTION be the enemy of good”
It’s not about being perfect. It’s about being you. :)