Stress and anxiety are factors that an actor has to deal with when they audition for a part. But it’s important that an actor knows what to do with their anxiety so it doesn’t prevent them from getting what they want.
As a result, here are six techniques that an actor can use to help manage the stresses and anxieties in their acting career.
1. Take a break. Sometimes an actor gets stressed out before they have to perform. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things before auditioning for a part.
2. Read something uplifting. A technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking before going on stage or set.
3. Self-visualize. Sometimes we can get anxious over an upcoming audition. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself doing the audition using your mind. By doing this, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
4. Take it one day a time. In dealing with your anxieties regarding your acting career, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that cannot be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. Get all of the facts of the situation and use them to your advantage.
5. Worrying only makes things worse. A lot of times, our worrying can make the problem even worse. All the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and if something does not work out, learn to take it in stride.
6. Ask for help. Take advantage of the help that is available around you if you get really anxious in your auditions. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
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Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity, and Non-Resistant Methods,” an easy-to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information visit www.managingfear.com.
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