Welcome. Here’s a little section from the upcoming Committed Impulse book. Leave a comment, and let me know if this is helpful, and what other topics you want to read about.
I have sat in on many auditions. Either I was already cast in a project and the director wanted me to read with different actors or I was directing something myself and looking for the right people to work with.
There’s something I have seen repeatedly that I want you to avoid.
An actor does an amazing job. The casting director and the director start to light up and get excited at the possibility that they may have found “the one.” The actor finishes reading the material. There’s some congenial chit chat and the actor heads for the door. Moments later the director no longer thinks she’s found the one.
How could that be?
Here’s the thing. You do a brilliant impulsive, truthful audition. Everyone’s excited. But, on the walk to the door you start analyzing how well you did. And, as we know by now, when you follow your mind, it will more often than not conclude with the “fact” that, “Yes, you indeed do suck.”
You leave the room and everyone is left smelling that pile of decomposing scrod you left on floor as your parting gift.
“Hmm… I thought they did a good job, but maybe I’m wrong,” the director starts thinking.
On that walk to the door when you begin thinking you didn’t do such a great job, guess what, you can sway the director to doubt his impulse to hire you. I’ve seen it happen.
Your judgmental thoughts sour your irresistibility.
What to do?
When you leave the room remain present. See the walls, see the door, feel the handle – but not in a weird way, please. Just incorporate what we’ve been talking about throughout the book. And don’t forget to say something at least halfway normal on the way out. You can do it.
I have heard directors say “the moment they walked in the door I knew they were the one.” But the flip side is also true. The journey to the door can lose that actor the job.
Suggestion: create an opportunity where you get your butt on the other side of the table in an audition room. Casting directors are often looking for readers to assist in the audition process. It’s a great classroom to learn what elevates and what crushes the vibe. Plus, not a bad idea to have a director see you read a scene 30 times.