Audition Tips #3: 5 Tips On How To Deal With Audition Rejection (The Humble Way)
There’s no doubt that getting rejected from an audition is a proper kick in the teeth. However, there are definitley better ways to handle the pain than getting angry about it. I would like to think that, despite my audition numbers maybe not being in the three figures yet, I have gained some valuable knowledge. And I may have fortunately come across a selection a tips on how to process the whole situation. In light of this, I thought maybe I would share them with you. Just incase you’re like me, and are currently in the grieving process of losing that place, or role.
1. Throw a chair….I’m joking, please don’t throw any chairs…Although you might feel angry, it’s important not to take it out on anyone or anything. They might not be helping with how you’re feeling, but they’re certainly not the reason why…or if they are then drop that backstabber like a hot potato.
2. Don’t over analyse yourself and the reasons why you may or may not have gotten in. If you can get feedback on your audition then it would probably be a good idea to take it. There’s no harm in learning what you need to improve on. However, don’t let that feedback determine how good you are. Just because maybe your ballet technique isn’t perfect, doesn’t mean you can’t learn how to better it, we all have our strong points. I’m sure you can do things other can’t.
3. Accept that maybe you weren’t right for the part. For example, let’s say you auditioned for a 16 year old teenager who is outgoing and can do the box splits. If, in reality, you’re actually a 24 year old who is anxiety riddled and can most definitely not do the box splits then should you really have gone up for it in the first place? Maybe take a hint and think about what you’re about to audition for.
4. Find an outlet? My outlet is normally discussing opinions on those who may or may not have been cast. Although there may occasionally be an insult thrown in there, there was probably a reason they were picked. You could always try writing about it. Or maybe interpretive dance? I’m sure tapping out some aggressive Susie Q’s would be a great way to release any anger or grudges.
5. Move past it and prepare yourself for next time! Keep on top of your game, attend some dance classes. Maybe change up your rep? You can’t fuel your strengths and forget about your weaknesses, and you can either go forwards or up. If you do the exact same thing as in your last audition how can you expect it to get any better.
I know these might seem like obvious tips. They probably are very obvious, but it can be hard not to get caught up in the outcome. Just try to stay humble. Maybe tell yourself “It’s not my time to shine yet” or “It just wasn’t for me”. There’s no shame in admitting you weren’t right. It just means that next time, maybe you’ll stay open minded to the fact that you might be about to go through all of this all over again.