Do ghosts of auditions past linger in the back of your mind?
Have precious time and emotions been wasted contemplating the outcome of a casting call?
While it is human to wonder, fixating on things that are out of your control can be exhausting and make it harder for you to keep moving forward.
How can you liberate yourself from questions such as “what if?” “who got?” and “why not me?”
A number of professional voice over talent have chimed in with their methods and are excited to help! Learn how to move on with the help of some of your friends here at VOX Daily.
Want To Move On?
People have always been a curious lot.
Being curious isn’t a bad thing but it is prudent to note that curiosity can get the better of you.
While curiosity can be a healthy thing it can be taken too far and may prove to be point of frustration. This can be especially true when pondering the potential outcome of a job application, auditioning for a role or submitting yourself for consideration… all of which put the ball in someone else’s court.
Auditioning requires a boldness to step out and the willingness to become vulnerable in the presence of someone else.
When you give of yourself, there is a certain level of vulnerability that you’ll experience. The decision ultimately resides with the person you’re trying to please and convince on the other end.
After putting so much of yourself into an audition, it’s no wonder you feel curious and want to know what came of your efforts… that being said, auditioning is part of your job as an actor. If you were to spend all of your time worrying about past auditions you’d have time for little else.
How can you get past the audition and move on even though you don’t have a definitive answer?
Here’s how some VO pros are doing this and how you can too!
Beyond The Audition
“Rejection, what’s that? I never get rejected, but sometimes I’m just not the right voice for the gig. Well that’s how I look at it.”
– Carole Richards
“I always remind myself that it just wasn’t a good ‘fit’…. and it’s simply left time and energy for the right gig to come my way.”
– Glad Faith Klassen
“I agree with Carole–I might not be good for THIS project, but I’m perfect for the next one!”
– Herb Merriweather
“It’s ‘fire and forget.’ I have a distinct memory of this when I first started voicing. I had an audition to be ‘the voice of a network,’ and I was so sure I got it, I was the guy. Of course I never got called back and I was devastated. It was at that moment I decided to make sure I used the fire and forget method. Do the audition as best you can, then forget you ever did it (after logging it, of course). Then if you get the call it is a pleasant surprise. If you don’t, you’ve lost nothing.”
– George Washington III
“My ‘job’ is to supply the best audition I can for a project. Nothing more. After I’ve done that, it’s in the client’s hands, to do their job. No point me doing my job AND theirs… which I can’t do, anyway, so I’ll just stick to mine.”
– Ed Cowden
How Do You Move On?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and methodologies.