This past Sunday I got dressed in my favorite secondhand dress-- from sustainable fashion superbrand Reformation, so it's doubly sustainable, hooray!-- and practiced visualizing an upcoming audition. I tried out my monologue in different settings: in my backyard, over a cup of coffee, walking my dog. I repeated it until I knew it backwards and forwards. (I would also advise writing it down several times over. I forgot this tip myself, and I think it would have helped me when the director asked me to perform it at double then triple speed. I definitely skipped words.)
That minor gaffe aside, when the day of the audition came, I couldn't have been more relaxed. I had the chance to perform my monologue several times and earned valuable feedback from the director, who let me know exactly what he liked and didn't like about the audition.
I used to view auditioning with passing dread. A few years back, someone gave me this brilliant advice: view auditioning as an opportunity to act.
It took me a while to absorb the wisdom of that statement and more time for the butterflies that were threatening to take over my belly to finally disperse, but they did disperse. I don't know if it's my limited time or having had two babies and lived to tell about it, but I'm not afraid in the same way anymore. The butterflies are more the pleasant kind you get over a crush.
So have a crush on your goals! Bring that positivity and excitement into an audition room, and I promise you'll learn and grow and be that more ready when the right opportunity presents itself.
Secondhand Reformation dress from eBay. Secondhand Louis Vuitton satchel from Second Time Around in Soho. Rag & Bone hat bought new for my birthday a few years back.
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