The Dreaded Bad Audition

November 9, 2011

“I’ve had a wonderful time, but this wasn’t it.” —Groucho Marx

Everybody has bad auditions. Some believe in biorhythms, others say certain foods affect our moods and ability to concentrate, or maybe you just had an argument with a family member and are experiencing a lack of confidence—the list goes on.

Always remember this: you are not defined by a bad performance. Rather, your drive and talent define you as an actor. And really, there is no other teacher like failure.

Yes, failure can be a good thing–as long as you’re open to the lesson, and don’t beat yourself up unnecessarily. When you have a bad audition, it’s important to check in with yourself and examine what really went wrong. Be ruthlessly honest with yourself. Maybe you allowed someone in the room to throw you off. Or you partied too hard the night before. Or you didn’t prepare. Maybe you simply need to develop a thicker skin to succeed in this profession. While it’s certainly difficult for all of us to take responsibility for our own attitudes, words and actions, keep in mind there’s freedom on the other side of that challenge. Because you’re not perfect–none of us are–so forgive yourself for being human … and keep auditioning!

What’s your worst or most embarrassing audition story?

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