4 Reasons Why Audition Season Might Not Be Going Well Already

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The audition season is revving up! 😀 Ok – if the exclamation point annoyed you and the smiley face made you roll your eyes or (more likely) contemplate wanting to punch me, maybe this post is for you???

Application deadlines are looming, some companies have already decided if auditions are granted, and some auditions have already happened. And while the audition season wheels are turning, the belly of the beast is still a good 6-7 weeks out. Good news: that’s still enough time to put these ideas below into full effect. That is, unless you’d like to continue feeling crappy about audition season…

Every year I hear the groans that accompany auditions. It’s a love/hate (mostly hate) affair that seems to be conditional upon result – the love only comes from a great audition or usually only if you’re hired. So, if you got hired for something: great audition season! Didn’t get hired: auditioning is a horrible bane of your existence, a necessary evil invented by cruel people that obviously want to see you suffer.

But maybe you’re missing the point here. Maybe you’ve got auditions all wrong, and much worse, maybe the bad rap you’re giving auditions is actually affecting your ability to succeed at them. If any of the following resonate with you, that just might be the case.

1. You think auditions are about being hired.
It sounds counterintuitive: of course the point of auditions is to get hired. Why else are companies holding auditions?

OK, that’s true, but that’s the company’s purpose: to find someone to hire. If you make it your purpose, you’re setting up an audition to be nothing more than an acceptance/rejection situation, which is not good news to your primal self. If getting hired is the primary purpose, it will no doubt set off some anxiety bells.

So let’s go back to why you perform – what’s the point? Why do you do this? Is it not just another opportunity to make art, and isn’t that what you should be doing in an audition? Whether or not you get hired is not something in your control; there are so many reasons one may or may not be chosen, so having that as your primary raison d’être is really a waste of an opportunity to do something awesome with those 5-10 minutes. Stop worrying about the outcome and have the courage to really create something.

2. You have decided that auditioning sucks.
You tell people you hate auditions. You tell yourself you hate auditions. You tell yourself you’re not good at auditioning. You bemoan the process. No wonder you don’t like it…you spend a lot of your energy ensuring that you and everyone else knows that you’re not good at it and that you don’t like it. Why on earth would your body be interested in going in that room? You’ve informed it that auditioning is guaranteed to be a negative experience.

If you’re on my mailing list and you received your free guide and read my puppy example, you know what I’m talking about. If you want a puppy to like something, you’ve got to get the puppy excited about trying it out. And the only way to do that is to get excited yourself. Which totally works – puppy gets excited and tries. Of course puppy has no idea what you want, so it takes some time. You have to be patient and encouraging to get puppy to focus and give it another go. If you yell at puppy, tell him he’s terrible, and you stop getting excited about the task, puppy has zero interest in trying, and in fact he may even shy away. Well, your body is puppy. So if you have no interest in going in that room and trying stuff out and being excited about the process of it all, guess what – your body is going to hesitate, tense up, and fill with feelings of anxiety and maybe even fear. Is that the energy you’d like to share with the room?

Auditioning should be renamed “an opportunity to go into a room and make some art for a group of people.” It’s all in how you choose to perceive it, and it is a choice.

3. You choose to spread the bitterness/frustration/anger/depression you feel about auditioning.
“Already gotten my first rejection of the season. It’s going to be a great year…”

Do yourself a favor: stop feeding the misery-loves-company monster. Just submitting for an audition takes great courage, as it puts us out into the world to be judged with consequence (acceptance or rejection). In a way, rejection without getting a chance to present ourselves in person feels even worse because we don’t get the opportunity to even attempt to show who we truly are.

Regardless, if you don’t see rejection as an opportunity to learn, refine, and grow, you’re missing out. We don’t just learn from experiences where we win. In fact, it’s the ones where we lose that can teach us the most. What are we missing? What, if anything, could we have done differently? Because it doesn’t feel good, rejection gets labeled as “bad,” causing us to think of it as a fail. But really, it’s just information. Information we can use to constantly build ourselves. And that’s awesome.

So avoid buying into the whole rejection is a horrible thing. It’s not. It’s an excellent opportunity to figure out what’s going on and to make adjustments in order to continue moving forward. Look for that; be objective about the information rather than taking it as a personal assault. It’s not.

4. You expect to be rejected.
If you read my audition statistics post back in January, you’re already aware of the sobering truth that your chances of being hired in a highly competitive market are typically no greater than 4%, sometimes much less. But there’s a big difference between understanding the odds and expecting rejection. I know…if you expect it, it takes a little bit of the sting out of the news should it go that way. But by projecting rejection from the start, aren’t you sending a nice little wave of micro-sabotage out into the universe?

If that sounds a little “West Coast” to you, please know that I strive to back up my ridiculously high level of positivity with proof and science. So don’t take my word for it: if you’re familiar with quantum physics at all, you are already familiar with the Quantum Double Slit Experiment, and so I need not explain what I’m talking about any further. But in case you are not, I will explain in general terms: without getting into the experiment itself (you can read about it here), the Double Slit Experiment proved that what we consider to be concrete is not so at all. All matter is made of energy and how that energy behaves can be changed by how it is being observed. In other words: reality is based on illusion, not definitives, and that illusion can be altered by observation, or thought. I love the words of physicist and Nobel Prize winner Eugene Wigner, who said, “the very study of the external world led to the scientific conclusion that the content of the consciousness is the ultimate universal reality.” This was not an experiment that was done once or a few times; it has been performed thousands upon thousands of times, for over a century. The energy literally decides how it will act based on a decision made by another.

Because of that, I’d suggest thinking about the outcome you want to see and visualizing that outcome. Will you get what you want every time? No, because there are many other variables. But if you keep visualizing what you want to see in your world, oddly enough things start happening that trend in that direction. I’ve seen so many examples of both: those who continue to create a world that’s based on what they want, and those who say they want something but continue to question and worry and have negative thoughts about the possibilities. And the results are exactly as you might suspect: the first group of people almost always move forward, and the second group almost always continues to struggle.

Ultimately, you have nothing to lose by implementing the above. Try it. Be diligent about changing your mindset about auditioning. If you truly commit to that, and it does take work just like anything else, I’d be very surprised if you came away from audition season with a negative outlook, even if it doesn’t yield the result you wanted. Give it a go and see what happens. 🙂

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