Life is too short to spend it stressing out about what you can’t control. So look at what you can and can’t control and you’ll have far less stress in your acting career.
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What can you not control? You can’t control whether or not you get the part. That decision lies fully in the hands of the casting director and the rest of the production team. What can you control? You can control your preparedness, your skills, your mindset and your practices.
The best way to stress less is to relax. Really. Do your best and don’t take everything so seriously. As soon as you take it too seriously, you overthink everything. After this, you’ll begin to sweat, overthink the situation, and even get so distraught that they cannot continue the audition at all.
But none of that is necessary. At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we understand that auditions can be a lot on the actor's shoulders and we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to not only survive your audition, but to succeed at it.
Here are 5 extra tips to keep stress out of your acting auditions:
Remember to Breathe. Just like in meditation, breathing deeply brings oxygen to your nerves and helps to calm the senses and your mind. Be sure to take a long deep breath in through your nose and out your mouth as soon as anxiety hits. You may be surprised at how fast this works.
Keep going. If you do forget your lines, don't stop. Finish the rest of the scene and do your best, improvising naturally. If the casting director needs you to do the scene again, he or she will let you know. Additionally, choosing to move on and past the mistake, shows your ability to recover under pressure and your talent for improvisation. Of course, don't do it on purpose, but don't be afraid to do your best with what you've got. The worst thing you can do is to stop. Keep going and do your best.
People want you to succeed. Remember that the casting director and everyone else in the room wants you to succeed. It doesn't mean you'll always get the part, but this is a fun art and the others in the room are cheering you on.
The next time you find yourself feeling stressed at an audition, remember there are simple things to get you through. Lastly, if you make a complete fool of yourself, just remember: you are acting! The real professionals know how to roll with it. Learn more tips on acting and classes at the New York Acting School for Film and Television in New York City. We'll get you on your way.