When I do my workshops I get asked this question A LOT.
When It comes to auditions…How do I/you get better?
AND I’m going to tell you how in the form of a 2-act play! Just to keep in the theme.
A show begins with…da..da…daaaa…
Okay, so this is the space where it’s research time.
Just like the production team brainstorms + talks out all the little nuts + bolts of the project, you’re nutting out the performance and its subtle nuances.
You can do this in class, one on one with your teacher, or in your coaching sessions with me (that’s right I am your go to coach baby!) Or alone.
You pull apart the script, find the glee in the music + open yourself to the creative exploratory process.
Every production needs press + marketing minds to get the word out there so this is phase of audition preparation is your…
Press release time
This is where you get all your beliefs, mindset and language in order so you can talk and act as if you’re a no- brainer perfect fit for the part.
I don’t mean get too big for your boots + start putting your deposit down on your opening night outfit yet, but act AS IF you’re the perfect candidate for the upcoming position. This set’s your intention to do a great job in the room.
Then of course Opening night comes along BUT before it does there is…
The day before the audition you’ve organized your shoes, music + your outfit. You’re excited to know that you’re going to be previewing some of the work you’ve been doing (SEE preproduction + press) to a small invited audience.
You know that as you walk into the audition room your job right here and now is to entertain the guests and provide them with a show of your unique ability.
Tip: Practice with a camera up to the audition + review + tweak your performance.
This is what you’ve been preparing for.
Like most opening nights, things don’t go perfectly. You never have your best performance on the first night.
There is ALWAYS room for improvement and there is always nervous excitement.
FEAR= feeling excited and ready (in my book) is around you so you go in there, standing tall + YOU fall in Love with your guests. Get that!? You fall in love with them + take the attention off yourself. Your job is to entertain so DO IT + loosen up as much as you can.
I love you. Your mother loves you. Sing it out Louise.
TIP: Find a wall right before you go in to the room + stand with your back and head straight against it. It’s a great centering exercise from the book “The Confident Performer”.
Close Curtain + After Party
You go home or go out for a beverage with friends. You enjoy the moment + give yourself credit for showing up + expressing yourself bravely in front of others . You DO SOMETHING ELSE after the show ends, right?!. You don’t re-inact the whole show, you usually MOVE forward + discuss it a small bit. Release. Surrender.
You do something else and you let it go. You forget about it and let other interesting things occupy your mind and thoughts.
TIP: Have a green tea or late night chat booked with someone who cares about you later that night + move on.
Auditions, like anything require showing up time and time again + practice and the more you get, the more progress you make + the more chance of landing your job and turning your passion into profit.
You will win some and you will lose some.
I’m not saying it doesn’t suck when you don’t get the job + you’re back to teaching or whatever it is you do for survival, it does.
But know that this is cellular as much as it is mental.
You’ve had a big high and now you need time to come down again.
That’s cool, because you know that the perfect path is unfolding for you, your own unique journey and as much as you want something so badly, there’s something greater at work out there that gives you just the right thing for you at the right time.
There’s always another opening + another show. Whether you’re on the stage or not, there’s so many opportunities for you to take the bull by the horn and creative something uniquely crazily and most coolnessly yours. Always remember that!
Just pick yourself up again + prepare to do the next one even better.
If you’re in Brisbane on the 5th August, make sure you come along to my live event happening at MAD DANCE HOUSE in the city. Register here
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