When you have learned to focus on yourself and on your audition instead of external circumstances, there are other things to consider. One valuable lesson is to:
Get known by your talent NOT your personality
As I have mentioned yesterday and as should be ingrained in every actor,
be prepared, be on time, be courteous and do your best for every
audition you go to. When you enter a casting room leave your baggage at
the door. No one cares about how your day was or how hard it was for you
to find time to learn your lines etc. Casting directors and their
clients are busy people and simply don't have the time to be you
personal shoulder to cry on. Harsh? Imagine looking at dozens of
auditionees a day, being under time and budget constraints and trying
really hard to get a job for those you invited to audition. What do you
want to see? A well-prepared auditionee who is courteous and on time or a
windswept ball of nervousness who is late and didn't learn the script? A
humble professional or a loud and obnoxious diva?
It is also important to learn to deal with directions or lack their of
during an audition. You're finished after one take? Great! Go home, have
a cup of tea. This may or may not mean anything or it may beyour first
take was exactly what the casting director wanted to see from you. Good
on you! You may be asked to repeat your scene or to tweak your
performance. Go with it! Many casting agents are trained actors and have
extensive experience in getting your best performance out of you. Take
it as an opportunity to learn and grow and again, just do your job and
give your best.
As heard from the horses mouth: Casting directors appreciate a stand-out
audition much more than a stand-out personality. It's the former they
may remember to invite when it comes to casting their next project and
the latter will be discarded as difficult to work with.
Until tomorrow. Happy thinking!
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