It’s time to talk about that word. Auditioning. They can be oh-so-great or horrifically awful (and yes, I’ve definitely had my share of both).
But, how many times have you heard this ‘super helpful‘ piece of advice from someone:
“Just go in there and don’t care. They eat that shit up.”
Hearing that always makes me mad.
Really? Don’t care? This is my career. This is what I want to do with my life. How can I not care?
I mean, seriously. Of course you care. It’s almost impossible to not care. And caring is a good thing. It means you have drive and passion. It means you’re in the right place.
However, I’ve finally realized what people should say. They should say it’s about believing in yourself and your body of work, and knowing that no matter how the audition goes, it really doesn’t matter, because you’re headed in the right direction. That is confidence.
A lot of times, we get too attached (if I just got this one job, it would be so awesomely life-changing!…), and we forget to keep the big picture in mind. When you’re going in for that audition, it’s easy to overlook that it is just one audition in your entire career.
I know, easier said than done.
It took me a while to truly believe that (and trust me, I still have my days), but once you know who you are and what your brand is, and you start to have projects that reflect that, there is a lot less pressure, because you know if you keep working at it, you’re going to make it happen one way or another.