Had a Bad Audition? Here’s How You Can Move on and Learn from It
You have probably read all about the importance of going out there and giving your best at auditions. In reality, things don’t always go as planned. In certain cases, you could end up fumbling on your lines, the casting preferences may change, or someone more fitting for the role could be chosen. The important thing to remember is that it isn’t the end of the world—or your career, for that matter—when you don’t make it. You only need to pick yourself up and get ready for the next big opportunity that comes your way.
Recently had a bad audition? Even the best actors have been there. Here are pieces of advice to help you learn from it.
How You Can Recover from a Bad Audition
Keep in mind that it isn’t your fault
Actors often tell themselves, “It’s all my fault! I blew my audition!” or “Why wasn’t I hired? I believe I did well.” There are countless reasons why you weren’t chosen, so don’t take it upon yourself. If you thought you did fine, then there’s a big chance that you really did, it is just that casting directors had someone else in mind.
Analyze your actions
While it is understandable to feel sorry for yourself in the aftermath of a bad audition, you don’t need to spend the rest of your days moping around. Instead, use this as an opportunity to analyze how you can do better. Did you fall back when it comes to comedic timing? Well, maybe you should start sharpening your skills by enrolling in an improv class. Maybe it was the role itself? Actors always need to stick with characters they are willing to connect with, learning all the lines just might not be enough. Figure out all the probable causes to make sure you don’t commit the same mistakes in the future.
Every actor has bad days and good days. Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep once said that she was turned away from an audition for being “too ugly.” The industry is often a cruel and cutthroat one, so you don’t need to beat yourself up when things don’t go your way.
Politely ask for a second read
This is a tip for when you are still in the middle of the actual audition process. Once you notice that you messed up your lines, don’t wait for things to go downhill. Ask the casting directors if you can do it all over again. Most of the time, they’re too busy reading through the script to notice you even committed a blunder in the first place. If you’re having an on-camera audition, wait for the camera operator to reset the shot, then you can start over.
Do not draw attention to small mistakes
Speaking of blunders, it is never a good idea to get all anxious over the slightest slip of the tongue. If the casting director doesn’t say anything, then there’s no need to start outlining all the ways you failed at delivering your monologue.
Keep a journal or log to track your actions
Make it a practice to keep a record of your auditions and a transcript of how it went. This way, you can identify which patterns work and use them to your advantage in the future. You may also keep track of the seemingly little but all-important things like the number of sleeping hours you had the night before and food you ate to ensure that you were bright and alert during the day of the audition.
Once you’ve moved on from a bad audition, start looking for inspiration. This means you need to find what inspires you. It doesn’t necessarily have to stem from acting. It could be a favorite hobby, a pastime or watching a series that makes you feel better about yourself. You can start looking for that next audition once you feel inspired enough to do so.
Do not let a bad audition affect your craft
A dedicated actor who continues to learn from his craft is destined for success. Many actors could mess up at any point in their career because of several factors. But you should know that casting directors never hold this against them. In fact, the same people who turned you down in the past could be the same ones who will open the doors of opportunities for you. Take the time to polish your skills and pat yourself on the back for taking the time to audition in the first place.Had a Bad Audition? Here's How You Can Move on and Learn from It by Holly