Forget About Perfection and 4 More Tips

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Need a little inspiration? Our Backstage Experts are full of amazing advice to help move your career forward, and we wouldn’t want you to miss one drop of it. Here are five tips to keep in mind during the week ahead!

Know that this is what you’re meant to do.
“You wake up in the morning and all you think about all day every day is acting. You keep hearing that magic calling that gnaws at your gut. You learn about why you want to act all the time. You know that if you don’t use yourself as an actor, you deny your humanity. You feel that fire in your gut to express yourself artistically. What you have to say is greater than the result, the paycheck, the recurring contract, the quote, or the awards. You are invested in the journey.” —Michelle Danner

Forget about perfection in auditions.
“When you deliver an audition in this way, when you are ready to say lines regardless of what else happens, then you, like the politician, are preparing to talk at the other character and not to the other character. Your character has been given a personality and individuality bypass. You deliver speeches, not conversation.” —Greg Apps

Don’t focus on wanting the job.
“When we hold on to our desires and not let things unfold naturally, we’re actually working against our desire. This is because desire is basically excess energy. It’s potential. It’s the creative clay or matter that fuels us toward achievement. But when we try to force something to happen, we end up expending our energy in ways that actually work against what we want.” —Anthony Meindl

Produce a demo real of great caliber.
“A demo, by design, is expected to be a dramatic step up over your auditions, because each segment is either a well-produced example of your very best work, or they sound like it.” —Kate McClanaghan

Don’t worry about quantity of breath when you’re singing.
“When we physically do something to help pull the air into our bodies because we are focused on breath quantity, we create tension that gets in the way of this efficient mechanism. If we focus instead on having a peaceful breath quality, we can release our ribs, our bellies, our throats, our jaws, and our mouths to let the air come in freely on its own. We will receive much more air this way and our resonance will improve because we will be starting our next sung phrases from more free, open, and less “muscled” (tense) places.” —Arden Kaywin

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Anthony Meindl
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer-director-producer, creativity expert, inspirational speaker, and artistic director of Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop (AMAW) with studios in Los Angeles, New York, London, Sydney, and Vancouver.
Greg Apps
Greg Apps is one of Australia’s most respected casting directors. In a career spanning 30 years, he has cast over 65 feature films.
Kate McClanaghan
Kate McClanaghan is a casting director, producer, and founder of both Big House Casting & Audio (Chicago and Los Angeles) and Actors’ Sound Advice. She’s a seasoned industry veteran and actor who has trained actors and produced demos for more than 5,000 performers over her 30 years in the business.
Arden Kaywin
Arden Kaywin is voice teacher, vocal coach, and vocal producer in Los Angeles with over 10 years experience working with developing singers and nearly 20 years as a professional singer herself. She holds a master’s degree in music and vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music in NYC, where she studied classical voice and opera.