Sometimes Your Authenticity Wins the Role

September 10, 2012

“Be your authentic self. Your authentic self is who you are when you have no fear of judgment, or before the world starts pushing you around and telling you who you’re supposed to be.” –Dr. Phil
It’s the weekend before a busy week laden with auditions and you’re feeling the pressure; you grapple with nerves, with what you’ll wear, and you fret about the style of your hair. Entering the audition knowing you’re prepared can in and of itself afford you enormous confidence. You practice your lines, get in character, and breathe in deeply. Some days you feel you hit one out of the ballpark, while on other days you leave the auditions convinced you screwed the pooch.

But how would you feel if someone told you that it’s often irrelevant how your audition goes? That even if you flubbed your lines it doesn’t matter? That your awkward chemistry with a fellow actor was largely overlooked?

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad

Sometimes this is the case. There are times producers and execs just know you’re the right person for the role the minute you walk in the room. They can just see you’re the one they’ve been looking for–the way you walk, the way you use your hands to gesture, your facial expressions, your voice, and your look. Bryan Cranston, the Emmy Award winning actor who plays Walter White in the AMC hit Breaking Bad said of his co-star Aaron Paul, “When I first met Aaron, he just seemed like the perfect foil for me.” Cranston wasn’t talking about Paul’s acting ability (which is abundant by any standards) but rather he was talking about an instinct he had about the actor. This is why it’s so important to be your authentic self. Jennifer Aniston famously said, “Once you figure out who you are and what you love about yourself, I think it all kinda falls into place.”

So it may not matter so much if you choose the red shirt or the blue; whether you slicked your hair or poofed it. You may simply get the part by being your unabashed self, and being comfortable in your own skin. So cheers to you–the authentic you–complete and beautiful just as you are with all your vulnerabilities and strengths!