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Effective Ways to Stop Worrying About Auditions

Acting auditions have to be overcome by every actor in the business. As nerve-wracking or stressful they may seem, they are an essential and inevitable part of your acting career. The process is understandably difficult to get used to, and no matter how long you’ve been in the industry, preparation is still a key factor in making or breaking the outcome of your audition.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that there really is no such thing as a flawless audition. Even casting directors know that for a fact, so it is no use to place continuous pressure on yourself when it comes to auditioning.

Instead, focus on how to feel confident enough for your next audition and maybe even increase your chances of landing a role.

1. Do the audition for yourself

(PATRICK DODSON / GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER) Nicole Emmons, 18 years old, of Albany, speaks with judges Alyssa Hardy, left, and Renata Sviridova, right, during open call model auditions for the next Electric City Couture fashion show at Proctor's Theater in Schenectady on Saturday, March 30, 2013.

Acting for that matter should stem from sole passion and not from somebody else’s plan for you. How do you expect to do good if you aren’t accomplishing your personal acting goal? Try giving yourself a pep talk and remind yourself why you’re auditioning for this part in the first place. The more familiar you are with your plans, the more chances you have in increasing your confidence during the actual audition.

2. Don’t expect things to go as planned

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When an actor sets the bar for himself, he tends to forget that things have a huge chance to not go as smoothly as possible. You may have a good audition and still not end up getting the role in the end, as there could be other more qualified than you. A lot of success stories have stemmed from missed out roles. Take a look at Oprah Winfrey‘s career. Now she is the most established multimedia star in the industry, but prior to that, numerous new companies found her unfit for television.

3. Accept the fact that you will feel anxious

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Nerves, anxiety, involuntary shaking—this is all part of human DNA and you shouldn’t feel bad about them! It’s not about being nervous during an audition, that’s practically normal for whoever is placed in front of an audience. But in the end, it is about how to handle audition nerves. There are several advises out there such as breathing exercises, meditation, and more. What matters is that you choose whatever works well for you and apply them to effectively calm you down.

4. Practice and preparation

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Practice and preparation is essential for an audition because it gives you confidence. The more you skillfully wield your acting chops, the more this will reflect your stance during the audition. Think of it like being in school and preparing for an exam, you can only be determined to take if you studied and reviewed your books ahead of time. Keep in mind that practice and preparation do not happen the night before, as this will only result into cramming.

5. Auditions are an opportunity to act

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Basically, an audition is still an opportunity to act. You have an audience in the form of casting directors, and if you get the chance, you will be paired off with other people to test out your chemistry with them. Never take auditions for granted, if you don’t take acting for granted either. Remember, this is your first step to success, and the best part is knowing that no actor is exempted from auditions.

6. Don’t doubt yourself

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Doubt will only result in worry, and worry will be reflected in your actions. Time and time again, this article has mentioned the word “confidence” and it has repeated so because that is your number one tool needed in auditions. If you doubt yourself, how can you proceed in a business as competitive as acting? Stop being down in the dumps and realize that you’re better than what you make yourself out to be.

When it comes to auditions, the results may not always work in your favor. But when you work on your confidence, you’ll be able to accept whatever outcome there is out there and work on the next one.

Remember, it’s not the end of your career if you miss one opportunity, use this as a motivation for you to prepare more extensively for your next audition. Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun as you continue trying to achieve your acting goals.

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