There are few things you can do to gain a bad reputation, miss an opportunity and get the door slammed in your face in the film industry. But one of them is standing out to me right now as one of the most common and therefore the one that needs to be addressed above the rest.
Why spend so much time, effort and investment in classes and coaching, if you do things that stop you from getting the role or job? At the New York Acting School for Film and Television, we've seen aspiring actors make the same mistake over and over again, and it's time you knew something really important, so you don't sabotage your career. There are definitely many things you should never do before, during or after and acting audition. However,
So what’s one thing you should NEVER do when you have an acting audition?
Simple. Don't ever show up noticeably sick. You may think it proves your dedication to the job and resilience. While that may be true, the negative side of that outweighs the positive. Even if it is with the casting director you have been trying to meet for years, if your face is swollen, if you can’t make it 10 minutes without a toilet or if your throat is practically closed, don’t go. It is so not worth it. The fact of the matter is, if your illness will affect your audition in ANY way, don't go. Here’s why: If you audition a sick voice, it may indeed be that voice the casting director picks is that of a sick one. You want to audition as your truest and most authentic self.
Aside from that, take into consideration that casting directors are already sensitive to getting sick themselves because they see hundreds of actors for any given project. The last thing they need is your runny nose, your cough, or a voice that doesn't sound remotely like your own healthy voice. Auditions are already hard. So make it easier by delivering a strong first (respectful) impression to both your casting director and your for your career.
For more information on bettering your audition, acting classes and coaches in New York City, contact us at the New York Acting School for Film and Television and we'll get you on your way better than ever!