Seth Godin does it again. So often his blog posts about the world of creative marketing can be linked to being an artist. Today’s post about public speaking can be translated to wisdom for auditioning actors:
Speaking in public: two errors that lead to fear
1. You believe that you are being actively judged
2. You believe that the subject of the talk is you
Auditioning actors are quite familiar with these two fears, though it’s not the public speaking element that typically trips us up. It’s the idea that when we enter that audition room, we are parading in front of that table, on display for judgment, self-conscious that these next 5 minutes are all about us and whether we book the job or fail miserably.
Instead, how can those few moments transform from a focus on the self to a focus on the text, the character, and the story we are bringing to life? This frees us up to be present in the room, to actually create something before the eyes of the auditors, and to remember that the audition isn’t even about us or our want/need for the job. That those people aren’t in that room to judge us, but to discover and participate in what we’re creating.
Working to eliminate those two fears can empower you to let go and begin to truly enjoy auditioning. Which can only serve to make you better at it!
I’m not on set to be comfortable and happy. I’m there to get my work done, and it depends what they’re asking of me, what the woman is I’m playing, what the scene is today.
-Melissa Leo, from Buzzfeed’s article "How Melissa Leo Became An Overnight Sensation In Just 30 Years"
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