When I was 12, I went to an audition at a local professional theater for a production of The Sound of Music – going out for one of the Von Trapp kids. They were lining us up, matching us up to create the family, and a very mean lady pulled me aside and told me that I didn’t fit anywhere and I might as well leave.
This not only hurt, but it was the first time I thought maybe I shouldn’t try to audition for certain parts. Doubt crept in. I BELIEVED her that I didn’t belong there.
Fortunately, my father pulled me aside and told me not to listen to her– to know that I am great, and talented, and to keep pushing to get in the line-up.
I stayed and I got the part! Hah!
Another time, I wanted to go in for a particular Broadway show. My agent told me I didn’t have the NAME to get an audition, so he wasn’t going to submit me. I went over to the casting director’s office and gave them my picture. I got the audition… AND I got the job!
We’ve all gotten the “NOs”… from other people and from ourselves. And while these two stories are specifically about auditions, there are so many other Mind Games that affect your career.
Your mindset is everything.
That’s why it’s one of the four key areas I focus on with all of my actors– it’s the most important piece and it’s ALWAYS neglected. Take some time to really think about this. Identify some of the thoughts that create your mindset about our Industry. And ask yourself: is this REALLY true?