It’s time to have fun with the whole auditioning thing. There’s no pay off in taking anything too seriously.
So, I just came across something I wrote last year and thought it was so fun I wanted to make it a blog post.
We’ve all been there, right?
Showed up for an audition and fallen into some not-so-useful habits that undermine our ability to give an incredible audition and actually enjoy the process.
I got to thinking . . .
13 mistakes every actor has made in an audition.
- Trying to make friends with everyone in the waiting room and use it as a time to catch up with that guy you never really liked anyway who was in your improv class.
- Trying desperately to relax.
- Trying to look calm and more relaxed than everyone else.
- Mime acting your scene – this includes acting out planned facial responses (ie. Surprise, confusion, ever so interested).
- Judge the person who is mime acting their scene. “I would never do that.”
- Stratifying the room by age, looks, and credits.
- After doing above then placing yourself in that stratosphere thus feeling superior or inferior.
- Berate yourself for being nervous.
- Start announcing that last job you booked so others will feel inferior causing them to shoot invisible poison darts at you.
- Think about how much you hate having to wait. “My appointment was 15 minutes ago. Who do they think they are making me wait? Don’t they know I booked a Burger King commercial in July?”
- Indulge in: “I’ll never get this. Why am I here? I’m leaving.” Then you hear “Jennifer, you’re next.”
- Plan out a funny opening line when you meet whoever is inside – follow this up with you laughing at your own joke. Meanwhile the casting people have been chatting about what to order for lunch. They look up to see you laughing in the corner of the room.
- As soon as you’re finished auditioning delve deep inside yourself and tell yourself you could have done it better. Then stumble out of the room without saying goodbye.
Got some more to add to the list? Come on… we’d love to hear them. Let’s have fun with this. Halloween is coming for heaven’s sakes.
Thanks for reading and have a great week!
REMEMBER: Catch yourself if you slip into one of those 13 no-no’s, and return to your breath, feel what is happening in your body, and see what is actually in front of you.
Remember, being present and creating from your the truth is the key to booking jobs.
Come on – I know you have a great audition no-no to add to the list.
Of course, this isn’t anything that you’ve ever done – just mistakes you’ve heard that other people do.