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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Auditions - The Good and The Bad

Going through auditions and not getting selected, can be one of the toughest things to go through as an artist. But even the best in the business don't get picked for every job. But they're the ones who fight through the disappointment, shake it off, and move on to the next challenge.
Recently I was asked by a producer who I've done quite a bit of work for, to audition for an on camera role that he thought I'd be perfect for. I stood in front of the teleprompter and read the script pretty convincingly. The producers were thrilled with it and complimented my delivery style. I left the audition feeling very confident that I would get the job. This would be my first on-camera job, and I knew that it would open up many more opportunities for me down the road.
Needless to say I was stoked - - until I got the email several days later telling me that the client had chosen someone else for the project. Total bummer! I let the disappointment hang around for about a day, and then I thought about what the producers had said to me after the audition. They had been thrilled to know that I could do the whole teleprompter thing and had complimented me on my ability to take copy that I had only glanced at, and read it so convincingly, using the appropriate inflection, and placing the emphasis on the right words at the right time. They said they felt that was a real strength and one that they hadn't found in other actors they'd worked with before. They said that they would keep the audition tape on file, so they could show it to other potential clients.
I am absolutely convinced that all things happen for a reason and that there are no accidents. I also know that I will get in front of the camera eventually. Not this time - - but eventually. I'll get more feedback when I talk with the producers again, and hopefully find out that the client thought I was great,but decided on a woman instead. That's what I'm going with - - don't burst my bubble!
The best vo artists and actors have faced rejection. What distinguishes them is that they never stop moving forward to the next challenge. Keep going for it and, as always, keep talking!