Your agent just called. You have an audition for tomorrow. You are excited. You are relieved. Then, you panic! You start to think about having to “get this one”, “book this one”, or maybe even “need this one”! And, from a spiritual aspect, there is nothing that will hinder your audition more than this mindset. Why? When we busy our thoughts with this type of desperation or ‘stinking thinking’ we block our true energy and talent from coming out in that room. And, most importantly, we distance ourselves from THE WORK, the script, the story, the character…you!
It’s challenging to trust the fact that you are enough and that what you bring is exactly what they want. Even if they don’t hire you. I know – sounds crazy, right? Let me explain.
There are so many factors that play into whether or not you get a job – that’s out of your control. What you DO have control over is what you do in that room. And, what you want to do is “book the room”!
I know, from my own experience auditioning and coaching my clients, that when you are prepared, make strong choices, and bring the most authentic, emotionally truthful, YOU to the scene, that casting director, producer, or director will remember you and call you back! That’s how you “book the room”.
This quote always inspires and reminds me to do just that:
“…And, wherever you get a chance to act, and that might even be just in an audition room, and this is something a teacher told me years ago and he’s right, even if you’re auditioning for something you know you’re never going to get, or you might have read it, you might not even have liked it, but you know that you have to go, if you get a chance to act in a room, that somebody else has paid rent for, then you’re given a free chance to practice your craft. And in that moment, you should act as well as you can, because if you leave the room or the theater or wherever you are, and you’ve acted as well as you can, there’s no way that the people who have watched you will forget it.”
– Philip Seymour Hoffman
Remember, life is a journey and so is your career. And, hopefully, if you are in it for the long haul, you have A LOT of auditions, callbacks, and producer sessions in your future. So, bring YOU! All of you. The truest, most organic, instinctive, talented you, and “book the room”. Every. Single. Time.