Losing auditions is a fact of life for every performer. Here’s a few words of advice and encouragement for the times when you don’t get “the call.”
1. You’re not alone.
Every performer deals with rejection. It’s an unfortunate reality. But remember that literally every single performer has been rejected at some point, even the amazing performers that you look up to.
2. 9 times out of 10, it has nothing to do with your skill as a performer.
Most of the time, you’re just not the right “fit” for the role. Now, there are a lot of issues (and frankly a lot of bullshit) surrounding the whole phenomenon that is being a “good fit” that I’m not going to get into in this post. Anyway, the point is, don’t take it personally. You might not fit this role, but there is a role out there that you are perfect for.
3. Losing an audition is not indicative of your skill as a performer.
You are not defined by your worst days. You are so much more than your bad auditions, worst practice sessions, and rough days in rehearsal.
4. You could have just had a bad day, and that’s okay.
Not every audition you do will be perfect. You do your preparation and you put in the hard work, and sometimes you walk into the audition room and shit happens. When you have a slip up in an audition, take a step back and try to figure out what went wrong, but try not to over-analyze. If it’s something that you can work on, then work on it. If it was a fluke accident or random mistake, don’t sweat it too much. Learn from your bad days. You learn so much about auditioning and performing by doing it, so even your worst days will help you grow.
5. There will be other auditions, and there will be other opportunities.
You lost an audition? Keep going. Keep auditioning, keep seizing opportunities. Don’t let one rejection slow you down. Also, in my experience, when one door closes, another opens. I once lost an audition, but losing that audition allowed me to be in Nunsense, where I got to work on my improv, comedic acting, and I got to choreograph for the first time. That show also spawned Tales of Hell Week. Sometimes great opportunities come your way right after you get rejected.
“the best part is, we’re all a big family that goes bowling together, eats breakfast, and plays old songs backstage. I love all of them for agreeing to take on such an enormous amount of work for this idea.” - jack white on the peacocks & the buzzards