Check Your Ego at the Door, But Bring Your Confidence into the Audition Room
(by Jim Webb)
(Photo: Autumn Goodman/Unsplash)
Check your ego at the door, but always bring your confidence into the audition room. And bring lots of it!
The audition process, in many ways, is like the job interview process. Confidence in one’s ability is a major plus. In fact, it’s almost essential.
Imagine being an employer or a human resources manager. You have a serious staffing need and you are eager to find a qualified applicant to fill your new vacancy.
If the applicant seems unsure of themselves and their ability to meet your need, would you be more likely or less likely to hire that applicant?
You would probably be less likely to hire that person. And that would be true, even if the applicant was friendly and had a stellar resume.
If you aren’t confident in your skills and abilities, how can you expect anyone else to be?
You would be much more eager to hire the applicant who is humble yet confident in themselves, their experience and their skills and abilities. The applicant who seems ready to step into the job and perform well on day one would likely be your stand-out applicant.
The same is true in the acting world. Casting directors have a job to fill. The audition process is the job interview. It’s good to have a great “look”. It’s nice to have a good acting resume. But the actor who seems humble yet confident, excited about the opportunity and ready to step into the role and “knock it out of the park” has a much better chance of landing the role, than the actor who seems unsure of themselves.
You know yourself and your skills better than any casting director ever will. If you aren’t confident in your skills and abilities, how can you expect anyone else to be?
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