Did you know actors and models are hired on the most subjective criteria? No one can ever guess what will determine a decision-maker's mind, but there are some things you can do to swing luck in your direction! So the question is . . . do you have your game face on?
Here's a career tip from a Casting Director which some smart actors use with proven results, but which every actor can employ to their benefit:
To start, assume you're being sent out for an audition. Your role reads: happy, approachable, perky. Can you walk into a room with a big smile. Do you look perfect; like a winner? Do you have a good "aura"; are you able to send out positive vibes? Do you turn heads?
That's your "role" as an actor. You assume this role when you walk out the door that morning. No thunderclouds over your head (with a permanent bolt of lightening). You stay in character throughout the day, wherever you go, whatever you do, whomever you meet. (Do you know how to walk down the street? REALLY walk down the street? Stars do - they practiced doing "it." And everybody gravitates toward them - wanting to be in their aura.)
Keep in mind that you run into "the industry" on street corners, in subways, in the supermarket, in the most unexpected places. Don't let them catch you out of character, looking disheveled or like you're having a bad day. It can be a potential deal breaker, sooner or later. We're always on stage. Not to mention the emotional weight of being in a funk and then trying to get out of it for the few minutes you are in the casting room! Energy is more often felt than we realize in subjective and emotional industries especially. It isn't something you can force or pretend -- it's either there or it's not.
You step out of character only when you return home, if you choose. Then (and only then) you may assume your evil twin, descend into that terminal depression, morph into a slug, whatever. But at that point, it's OK.
Tomorrow, repeat steps above if you need to practice this character more. In this case, it might even make you a more likeable person, build your network, and you could even find new friends!
Thank you. And the world will thank you, too. Not to mention how many more jobs you'll magically get!