Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage

When I first started acting I was too terrified to audition. Even while writing that sentence I am aware of how idiotic it sounds. I had gone to an open day at college. I took my drawings and got accepted into the art course. I discovered the same day that they were auditioning for the drama course. I felt a pull. I was told I could go and audition.

I didn’t even know what an audition actually was. I had heard of one vaguely. I didn’t have a monologue, I had no clue what I was doing, but I got on stage and I improvised a comedy sketch. There were limited spaces and I got in.

So started a career. Okay, years of struggle, but you get the point. I was still awful at auditioning. It took my years to work up the courage to put myself out there. Now, I don’t even get nervous. Though I am sure if Spielberg called I would. Get ringing Steven.

So here is what I have learnt:

Relax. I know it’s hard but as an actor your life is out of your hands. My mother always said what is for you won’t go by you. I live by this.

Learn your lines

Research the director, the casting director, the part, things about your character. Knowledge is power.

Believe in yourself. If you don’t, how can you expect anyone else to?

Know that there is no such thing as a wasted audition. If you don’t get that one, and you are good, the casting director will remember you.

Be nice. No one wants to work with rude or arrogant people.

Break a leg!

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~ by balavage on December 20, 2011.

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