Don’t Think You’re Better than Everyone Else and 4 Other Useful Tips

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Miss this great advice from our Backstage Experts? These five tips are sure to get you moving on the road to success.

DON’T ASK FOR A REDO DURING AN AUDITION.
“Don’t ask to start again when you’re almost at the end of the scene. Nobody cares if you make a small mistake. You move on, we move on. And if they do care, you’ll get another shot.” —RISA BRAMON GARCIA AND STEVE BRAUN

DON’T THINK YOU’RE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.
“You have to completely beat out of your mind the notion that you are a star waiting to be discovered and that you just need some good luck and a few recognizable names on your résumé to get in the room and book work. We’re all stars.” —SHAAN SHARMA

RID YOURSELF OF NEGATIVITY.
“If you have difficulty being told no, then maybe this isn’t your path. If you continue to make rejection personal, your negativity will creep into every aspect of your business and personal life.” —JOAN SITTENFIELD

SURROUND YOURSELF WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE.
“Have someone in your life that will tell you to get back up and get into the ring again. A person who will never ask, ‘Hey, did you get that job you auditioned for?’ Get a great teacher who will push you to take more risks with the material.” —SARA MORNELL

STOP SAYING NO.
“Our work as artists is to become aware of how often we not only say no to things literally—an opportunity, a date, a job possibility, an adventure—but also the more subtle ways we say no to ourselves and to life’s calling.” —ANTHONY MEINDL

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Shaan Sharma
Shaan Sharma is a session director, on-camera acting teacher, and author of “A Session Director’s Guide to Commercial Acting in L.A.”
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Sara Mornell
Sara Mornell is a working actor, coach, and Backstage Expert.
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Joan Sittenfield
Joan Sittenfield is a talent manager, producer, and writer who heads Joan Sittenfield Management, and who began her career as an actress/dancer.
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