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What do you take away from auditions?

Do you replay them in your head?

Do you second-guess what the outcome will be?

Do you feel angry at yourself about details that could have been better?

Do you feel like a failure?

Do you compare your audition to those before and after?

Is it useful to rehash your experience?

Up to a point, I think it is.

You can benefit by knowing how your performance was and how you can improve with the next one in mind.

And that’s it. It’s over.  Go live your life!

When you reach a certain point

What do they say, it takes 25 auditions to win your first role?  Or is it 40?  Whatever the number, it feels like so many!

So you keep showing up, and after a while, you start winning!

Why?  Something must be different

After auditioning for months, you no longer care what the judges think.

You know there may be a spot for you, or maybe not.

  • maybe it’s not the right situation for you.
  • maybe the judges followed this path:  they had a clear winner and there was no agreement on the runner up, so they settled for someone who didn’t offend anyone.  When that happens, look for your pick for 2nd place to be #3.  (That is a very good place to be!)
  • maybe they’d like to hear you again next year.  Keep practicing.
  • maybe they’re casting by body type, and they’ve already hired most of the cast.

Your confidence is way up there.  You know your audition program so well, nothing could possibly happen to derail you.

They like your audition or they don’t.  Your style/voice/body type is appropriate for them this year or not.  You know it’s not about you. You know you’ve put out the best you’ve got, and they can take it or leave it.  You perform the way you perform!  Second-guessing what the panel may be looking for really doesn’t work.

I challenge my clients to go into an audition and sell it!  The judges may love it, or they may hate it.  You can’t please everybody, so don’t try.  Don’t be “safe.”  Go for a reaction.  Don’t let the judges be neutral.  Here I am!  This is what I do!  You are not asking for approval.

OK, the audition is over.  What now?

Go to a movie!

There has to be something going on in your life besides constant auditioning.  Focusing on that alone will destroy you.

I remember reading about a pianist who enters competitions frequently.  He said in an interview that he has a plan.  Rather than replay the competition endlessly, he always goes to a movie the following day.

Isn’t that a great idea?

What do you think?  Do you make plans for later?  What do you like to do after an audition?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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