This month in Auditioning – on the line! I attempt to hammer in a very important aspect of the auditioning process.
Friend: How did the audition go?
Actor: I really think I got it – they told me how much they loved my audition and how perfect I am for the role.
Friend: That’s so great, when do you think you will hear from them?
Actor: Not sure, but I feel really good about my audition and I know I nailed it!
The positives – You felt confident about your audition and how you performed – feedback was great and you were praised for the work you did.
Since the outcome of auditioning can often be compared to spinning the roulette wheel in a casino, it is important to keep a good perspective when it comes to the art of putting yourself on the line.
First, you cannot always assume or assess the situation solely based on how you performed or how great you think you did at a call.
Second, and most importantly, once you have done your part, it is out of your hands. You will rarely know what led to you not getting a role, or for that matter, what happened when you did get the part.
There are always so many circumstances that come into play in the casting game. Even though you think you might done your very best, danced and sang circles around all your competitors and — you might have even been validated with the possibility of getting the role by the panel, the final casting, does not always follow suit based on that criteria alone.
Does all of the above help in positioning yourself to be cast? Certainly, but once you leave the room, remember there are many other variables that can come into play.
Why didn’t get I get job after my great audition?
Just a few examples:
- There are others who have not auditioned yet.
- Someone the Director or Producer knows and has worked with walks into the room (they have an advantage).
- There is already someone under consideration for the part.
- They have decided to go with a brunette instead of a blond.
- The Casting Director has someone else that needs to be seen.
- The part needs to be cast with a non-union actor (or the reverse) for budgetary reasons.
- Costumes are being rented and the clothes for that part can only accommodate a size zero actress.
- The role now requires someone who can flip, can play four other roles and understudy the supporting players.
And on and on and on and on…
As you can see, “talent” and “doing very well at an audition” does not always guarantee getting cast. It is a business of chance, a roll of the dice sometimes, and one must always try to keep that in mind.
Does it hurt when you are on top of the world with your audition and to add to that, you have been given all the signs that you might have gotten the part? Yes! That is the nature of rejection and honestly, we cannot always understand the “whys” in the “biz” of show business. There is not always a rhyme or reason to how someone got the part. To focus on trying to figure it out will often lead to discouragement and frustration as you move forward in your career.
My Best Advice: Take that great audition, celebrate with what you accomplished, ride the wind, rejoice, jump up and down and know – that what you did is something that doesn’t go unnoticed. Pat yourself on the back and be happy with your audition. It might not land you the role, this time, but I can bet you, your great audition will be remembered in the minds of those casting. Remember – Opportunity will always come a knocking again and again. We build our show biz reputations from doing well and that is the key to being successful in our craft, at our auditions and ultimately achieving all of your goals. Auditioning is not an easy process, but if you can have a small understanding with what it entails, especially after you have done your small part, you are more prepared and set up for future success.
“ SURVIVING, MAKING A LIVING…AND AUDITIONING”