Or is it…?
As actors, we are constantly looking for the next audition. Always auditioning. Always on the hunt.
Searching for work, scouring call boards, and waiting for the phone to ring can make one anxious. Perhaps, desperate, if the work is spare.
So, how do we deal with A) Not being called in when we want to audition B) Getting called in and not getting called back/cast and C) Waiting, and waiting, and waiting for news (in either direction) after we have auditioned.
Let’s address point A) first: If you are not being called in to certain auditions, you need find out why. So, ask. Done. If you need to audition more, DO SO! Especially if you are just starting out, and are not in any unions, you can find a ton of opportunities (possibly not all that remunerative) on the stage or in front of a camera. You just need to know where to look. If you are looking for film work, try here. If you want to get on the stage, look here.
Point B): Yay! You are getting auditions! Yes! Nicely done. Pat yourself on the back! Something is working! Some people say, “Your job is to get the callback. After that, they are just casting based on look, so it’s out of your hands.” Pretty wise words. If you are not getting callbacks, you might need to work on your craft. Here are a few places to start.
Point C): What to do about the waiting? “Will they call and choose me?” Here is my advice: Don’t Wait. Move On. Look for the next audition. The interview/audition is over. Relax. Auditioning is FUN. Right? Sure, there is pressure, but auditions give us a chance to perform – to do what we love – and they should be joyful. If they are not, maybe you should be doing something else, or, if it is simply nerves holding you back, figure out a way to get those nerves under control! You cannot focus on the RESULT (what might or might not happen after the audition). If you focus on the result, you will be miserable. Focus on the joy of the “performance,” of “being” in the room with other creative people!