The Other Audition Technique

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No actor is safe. There is always a reckoning. There is always a moment when training, talent, and dogged pursuit of the business fall prey to the forces that sabotage, undermine, and ultimately sink your career. And the worst part is no one tells you about it. Indeed, there is another acting technique, a technique that must be practiced alongside the ones you know. It’s the only way to sustain an acting career.

We see it happen every day. A trained, talented actor who has done the work is undone by a packed waiting room, or an adjustment she didn’t see coming, or a bad reader, or a really great reader, or bad feedback, or her inner critic, or getting dropped by an agent, or not getting called in, or traffic on the 405—so on and so forth. And it’s not just the actor who has been at it for a few years with no success. It happens to the actor who’s just come off the fancy TV show, and to the one who shoots the blockbuster movies and wins awards, too. There are a million reasons why actors lose faith, give up their power, and cease to be creative forces.

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Seeking success within a business that rarely offers it (and when it does, offers it for moments and only on its own terms) is very difficult. Being a sensitive person who maintains her or his vulnerability and emotional investment in the face of so much rejection is almost impossible. Left unchecked, the disparity between your desire for creative and financial validation and the inability of the business to give that to you breeds hopelessness; that is where art dies.

The only way to sustain a career and maintain an openness that allows you to keep pushing creative boundaries and remain competitive is to engage in a different practice: You have to work towards self-care, self-exploration, and generosity. It will allow your talent to be available to you even when the hurricane of rejection blows. You must do the work of making yourself a whole, happy, creative person, and to approach each opportunity—on stage, on set, and in the audition room—not from a place of need, but of offering. You must have a practice that keeps you deeply rooted so that you can endure the slings and arrows and stick around long enough to reap the rewards of the business.

The BGB Studio’s 10-Day Actor’s Challenge is that practice. We challenge actors to commit to 10 days of meditation, writing, connected movement, acting, and giving, every day for 10 days. We dare you to do the work of finding your inner creative power, to take responsibility for your own creative needs, and to be a leader. We dare you to feel what it’s like to audition from a place of power. The 10 Day Actor’s Challenge: Finding Your Power. It’s free, it’s fun, and it can change your career. It’s time to try the other audition technique.

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Risa Bramon Garcia
Risa Bramon Garcia is partnered with Steve Braun in The BGB Studio, dedicated to revolutionary acting and audition training. Risa has worked consistently as a director, producer, casting director, writer, and teacher for over 30 years, collaborating with some of the most groundbreaking artists in the world.
Steve Braun
Steve Braun is an L.A.-based acting coach and communication consultant. Over his 15-year career, he has starred in movies and has been a series regular on television shows. He is also an acting teacher and coach.