That being said, do not sacrifice the things you actually do have control over. Though at times it doesn't seem like it, there is a long list of things over which you have complete control. I've mentioned some before, and I'm sure I'll touch on others later, but today I want to tell you about my audition last week for a movie that I botched.
Yeah, you read that right. I know you come here for inspiration and for a guiding light in the navigation of this business, but sometimes our mistakes are our greatest teachers... and I'm no different.
It was a great opportunity, a nice supporting role in a made-for-TV movie that was already getting press. It was for a wonderful indie casting director who does TONS of movies, and I would die to be on her good list. I finally got in to see her and for a role that was right in alignment with the types of roles I'd like to continue to build into the brand I'm developing for my career. Glorious opportunity.
Then I shot myself in the foot before I even walked in the room. I (more or less) have control over how and when I get to the audition. Allowing myself enough time to battle the inevitable LA gridlock in order to arrive at the office on time and stress-free is something that is entirely within my control. I pushed it too close and spent the 40 minutes in traffic freaking out that I was going to be uber late for my
My job is to bring my A-game. Every. Single. Time. Letting a stressful drive get in the way was within my control to prevent. Lesson learned.
An actor's second biggest mental obstacle to overcome? Learning to let go of a bad audition. Because guess what? Despite your best efforts, they will still happen from time to time.
Yep. There's another thing you can't control. Welcome to this crazy life.