What goes through your head right before you walk into an audition? You probably experience some
sort of excitement, nervousness, and maybe for some, even nausea. I’ve heard talent even call themselves a failure if they don’t end up booking the job. Acting coach Erin Cronican has a different
perspective that you should think about.
When I coach actors on setting goals, I teach them how to look for results that are manageable and empowering. Instead of "My goal is to be cast" (which you cannot control) I encourage actors to strive to be put in the “YES pile." YES means that you have what it takes to compete, and they'll keep giving you chances until something connects perfectly.
As someone who has cast a fair number of shows, I can tell you that getting into my YES pile is ultimately more important than getting cast. If I like your work and your spirit in the audition room, I will do whatever I can to get you cast in my projects because you are going to make me look good- bringing in good actors impresses the producers and means job security for the casting director. So I would bring you in every time a role is right for you until something clicks.
So, strive to be in that YES pile - go into the audition prepared, listen to what is being asked of you and act accordingly, be respectful and HAVE FUN! You'll find that if you show up to auditions using these principles you will be a much happier actor and you'll quiet that little negative voice inside you!
Instead of treating an audition as a make-it-or-break-it move for your career, focus on making the casting director’s job easy. I’ve seen casting directors go out of their way to audition the same talent they obviously like over and over until they are booked . . . and even then continuing to bring that talent back in again. A talented individual is worth a lot, but a friend in the casting room is priceless. What will you do to make it into the “YES” pile at your next audition?
Check out Erin’s blog here: http://erincronican.blogspot.com/