Wait – not an actor? Make no mistake, this IS about you, too.
After a day of auditioning, the director has narrowed it down to two actresses. They both did a fantastic job. The director loves them both. Tough decision ahead. The part, of course, goes to only one of them.
Let’s follow both actresses and see what happens.
One of the actresses leaves the audition and immerses herself in her day. She reads a book; visits with a friend; puts her laundry in the machine; eats some mad, crazy, delicious pizza; she helps an old lady across the street; takes a power nap; goes to her day job and commits to it as if that is what she’s supposed to be doing. She digs into whatever is in front of her as if it matters.
The other actress wanders through her day analyzing her audition. “It went really well. There was a good energy in the room. Hmm…should I have asked to try it again? I could have done better. I could have shown them more. I’m not sure I wore the right blouse. Dammit. Maybe my agent can get me some feedback…shit, my agent is at lunch. Who is he having lunch with? Probably a more important client. I need this job. I fucking sucked in that audition…again!”
I don’t have scientific proof for what I’m about to say. I do, however, know there is truth in it.
When the director is pondering his decision, he’s going to be influenced by how these two actresses are partaking in their lives. I understand this may sound a little woo woo. But as he looks at their headshots trying to make this tough decision, my strong bet is that he will pick the actress who is immersed in her life, not the one in drama mode. It’s not logical why he picks the one actress over the other. He’s just gets a better feeling about her.
Remember, intuition is prevalent in all of us. And even though the director is not in physical proximity to these actresses, he is still receiving information.
Live like it matters. It does.
Which of Josh’s blogs have resonated with you? Have any convinced you to take a class with him? Let us know in the comments below.
Lisa Robbin Young says
“live like it matters… it does.” #Thatisall
Thank you for your well written inspiration! I love this story-excellent
Nicole Pacent says
Exactly what I needed to read right now. Thank you, Josh. <3
I found you through makecreativitypay.com and I’m glad I did. Finding this to be true more and more in life in general. Great post!
Ruth Greenwood says
I’m a songwriter, but publisher meeting are similar to auditions.What I might do, rather than the beat me up is to stop for a coffee…make some notes about the people I met (from the receptionist to the head honcho to other writers) — note small talk details to jump off from next time so that our next encounter is more personal, notes about what the pub responded to, what he’s looking for, what worked, what to try next time. And then I write a brief email thanks (unless a handwritten note would impress), and add a reconnect date to my calendar. And then I’d mentally high five myself for getting out there. THEN on with my day. It’s a bit different in the relationship but the mental beatdown is unnecessary here too. (PS. I was in the Mastery with you Josh — so cool to see all you’ve done and do!)
Annie Pisapia says
I believe that what is meant to be will be. If I give myself over to the moment(s) without reserve or expectation. I’m good. Sometimes I’m better at it than others. Thank you for your continued inspiration and words of true experience. That’s so key for me. You’ve been there. I love and respect that. Not something you read or heard but you live it. Thank you for sharing your truth.
Josh Pais says
I really appreciate what you wrote.
I’ve made many mistakes along the way, and when I discover something that has truth, I do my best to share it. That way others can avoid the pitfalls and fly.
Have an awesome day,