You just finished an audition. How do you feel?
Or maybe you're just totally confused about how it went...
Quite often, we can spend hours boggling over how an audition went, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: no one in the room is thinking as hard about your audition as you are.
Still, a bad audition can leave lasting scars on a performer, making you petrified of going to another one. And the energy of the experience, good or bad, can be hard to shake and keep you from focusing your energy on new and necessary tasks.
If you're not auditioning, you're not acting. So, how can you learn to bounce back after a bad audition, and set yourself up to repeat a stellar performance after a great one?
Here are four suggestions to help you let it go after an audition, so you can concentrate on what's next.
1) Make a checklist.
Creating an audition checklist is a great way to bring your attention to the experience that you created in the room, and make your audition success measurable. Plus, having a consistent routine will help you wind down. Here are some tips on how to personalize your own audition checklist.
2) Treat yo’ self.
Let’s be real; who doesn’t love a treat after a job well done? A common reward for myself is to purchase a delicious cup of coffee once my audition is over. (I'm a huge coffee lover, but pick whatever motivates you.) Every time you show up to an audition, and show up for your career, is another opportunity to earn another reward.
3) Send a thank you.
Every audition is also an chance for you to be the performer you want to be. I view each audition as an opportunity to play a dream role, even if it's just for the five minutes I'm in the room. So hold on to that good feeling and spread the love by sending the creative team or casting director a handwritten thank you for the opportunity to do what you were put on this planet to do.
4) Give yourself a deadline.
You are allowed to be disappointed if an audition doesn't go as well as you think it should, but you're only allowed to do it for so long. I give myself less than 24 hours. I can eat a burger, enjoy some ice cream, whatever I need to do to make myself feel better temporarily. As soon as the time period is up though, I have to move on and ask myself, “Okay, what next?”
What are some practices that you have put into place to help you let go after auditions? Let me know in the comments below.
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