You know how to make choices. How to pause and then build to something dramatic. You can make your voice strong, then weak, then confused, then certain.
You know how to make sense of a scene. And, you can present that scene in a manner that undeniably reveals your understanding of the material. This seems like the responsible way to audition. Fully prepared. Everything set. You can turn it on. Eehaaaa.
Here’s the problem. None of that crap is leading to jobs!
Sucks, right? You did everything pretty much the way you planned it. Generated some “real” emotion. Were nice when you walked in. You even had a funny little joke you set up to do as you entered. And, by God, they even chuckled. And yes, they thanked you for coming in as you left.
Once again, none of that shit is getting you hired.
Curious about why?
Let’s start unraveling this mystery by taking a look at the machine that is doing all this “great” work. I am referring to your mind.
Our minds want us to set everything when we go into a situation that is largely unknown. And there are certainly many unknown elements when we walk into an audition or important meeting. All the more reason that our minds want to make everything secure, safe and set. Basically, our minds want us to lock onto something that we can repeat like a xerox machine.
The big problem? (All together now . . .) None of that shit will get you hired.
I have no idea (thank goodness) how many auditions I have been on. Many auditions I have presented my “great choices” in a lame ass attempt to trick the director into hiring me. “Look at this great choice, but wait – there’s more, here comes another choice. Thank you, thank you very much.”
Only problem, that way of approaching the work never booked me a job. You?
I have, however, booked a fair amount of movies and TV shows. In retrospect, I see there was one common denominator in every audition that led to a job.
I was present.
I allowed for the unknown and riffed with it.
We often have strong ideas about the scripts we audition for. But in the moment of creation, which during an audition is the audition itself, we have to surrender to the unknown.
We have to commit to our truth at that moment. And we have to allow for our xeroxed plan to be shattered at times. Your mind will hate this. That’s OK.
Hey, your cute little mind just wants to protect you from the unknown. But hanging out and fully committing in the unknown triggers your magic to shine through.
Bottom line. Auditions lead to jobs when you commit to your truth. The truth that exists in your body, not your mind.
When we access our impulses or truth, there is no way that anyone can look away. In fact, directors and casting directors will sit up, get inspired, and pay attention.
Your creative impulses awaken focus and interest in those who have the honor of witnessing you. That shit will book you job after job after job.
Look, no one wants to see pre-set performances. Not interesting. Not alive. Stale. Moldy. Stanky.
From our mind’s point of view, of course, to create from our body and impulses seems out of control. But, truth is, you are completely in control from your body’s point of view.
The beauty of creating from your truth is that your truth is always available to you. We just need to make the shift from creating from our minds to creating from our impulses. Creative impulses are pure gold.
I understand this takes bravery in the beginning, but you have so much to give the world. And listening and following your thoughts is not your best option if you truly want to broadcast your immense talent.
But, what do you think? Does this resonate with you?