The best way to prep for an audition is to first gain a greater understanding and gratitude for all who put in their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that created the project and character you so want to play. Your true role is to contribute to the dream that was born long before you were even submitted
You must see that you are a piece of the puzzle in a collective artistic dream, and this way, you will go deeper into your artistry and tap into the unlimited abundance of your creativity.
Instead of thinking of it as an “audition,” you will surrender to the artistic experience.
Here are five people who have a hand in your acting career, and who help you remember that the dream you are creating is not just your own.
1. The writer. An actor is a storyteller. You are telling someone else’s story, a that someone may have worked for years to complete a screenplay, or to have their work picked up by a television network. Honor that. Even if you have one scene, ask yourself “What part of the story am I conveying?” Take the time to understand the message in every single sentence. In an audition, if you get caught up in the moment and the the words come out differently, those words will still reflect the same meaning if you’re committed to the message.
2. The producer. Funding a project takes years of connections, heartbreak and stamina. You need to believe in the project so much so, that you’re willing to put other people’s money on the line. Many of the individuals who finance movies are in a different business, and have worked many years to earn the money they use to produce. And yet, with all this, many actors do not put in the proper time to prepare for the audition—which first begins in their acting classes prior to the audition even coming their way. You panic and give excuses. Fear and defeat set in before you even make it through the casting door. While others have put their reputations and finances on the line to provide this opportunity for you. Honor their hard work and serve their hard fought dream and step into the flow of the success that has already been created.
3. The director. A director is not there to teach you how to act, or to give you their role. A director is looking to collaborate, not instruct. Speaking from experience, when an actor has not fully taken the time and engaged in the work, it takes a lot of energy to try to give them the nuances of their performance. It is draining for a director, and on set they will not take the time to do it. The actor who comes in with full creativity will spark the creativity of the director. That’s when the magic begins. Actors coming in with this energy can find themselves booked in amazing roles regardless of the bigger names they may be up against. Honor working towards the director’s dream by bringing forth a character that is fully developed, with the intention of bringing the directors vision to life.
4. The team. Agents, managers, acting coaches all play a huge role in helping you achieve your dream. They believe in you even at times when you don’t believe in yourself. No actor has ever became successful on their own. Capitalize on every opportunity they have presented to you to do great work and to do what you love. Be fabulous in every audition, and gracious on every set. Do not blame them when you are not achieving, and do not forget them when you hit a new professional milestone.
5. Your warriors. These are the individuals who are steadfastly there to help you up when you fall, and who truly celebrate your success. Sounds simple, but those individuals are truly difficult to find. Envy and jealousy are rampant in this business. Do not take advantage of others by only using them to fuel your dream. They have dreams of their own. In your darkest hours, or when you are standing on top of your mountain of grand success, be mindful of those treasured, rare beings who never faltered in support, guidance, and love. Make it a priority to actively contribute to their dreams, even though they might not be about you.
When you raise your vision to go beyond your own myopic dreams, and choose to serve and contribute to the greatest dreams of those you work with and those you love, you will find much greater success and happiness in your career.
Constance Tillotson is CEO of Sterling Studio. Her studio had over 200 bookings last year. Actors in her studio are renowned for their extraordinary work in major feature films and television. Her booking actors range from 5-years-old on up. She is also a top pick for private theatrical coaching and preproduction preparation. She is an actor, writer, director, and producer. She also works globally with children building self-esteem through filmmaking. She is a talent manager at LA Management where she helms the careers of a select group of successful clientele. www.facebook.com/sterlingstudio
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