(from the one-and-only Walter White):
AKA Bryan Cranston
Here's the video, with a transcript below:
tl;dr you're not going there to get a job, you're going there to do your job
“Well, the best advice for fellow actors is this:
Know what your job is.
About 18 years ago I had this cognition that I realized I was going into auditions trying to get a job.
And that simply wasn’t what I’m supposed to be doing.
An actor is supposed to create a compelling, interesting character that serves the text.
You present it in the environment where your audition happens, and then you walk away.
And that’s it - everything else is out of your control. So don’t even think of it, don’t focus on that.
You’re not going there to get a job.
You’re going there to present what you do: you act. And there it is and walk away.
And there’s power in that, and there’s confidence in that. And it’s also saying, ‘I can only do so much.’
The decision of who might get a job is so out of your control that really, when you analyze it, it makes no sense to hold on to that.
That, to me, was a breakthrough, and once I adapted that philosophy I never looked back,
and I’ve never been busier in my life than once I grabbed onto that.
That’s it. Good luck.”
Ask yourself this question:
Do you enjoy performing?
If you're reading this post I'm assuming the answer is yes. :)
But what about auditions? Do you enjoy auditions?
It's possible that some of you out there do, but most people
cringe at the thought of having to audition compared to performing.
So what's the difference?
Since I started audition coaching I've been frequently surprised by clients who have shown up not yet knowing the material. Your audition is in a week! Imagine if we hadn't done this and you'd gone to your audition still not knowing the material?! Then we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that it's not the most productive use of the time but it's still better than nothing.
Even in that situation, one of the most valuable things about the coaching process is practicing working with your audition nerves. Nerves are a normal and important part of performing, yet we somehow learn to work with/use our performance nerves to the benefit of our performance and some people even view them as positive and helpful. So why do audition nerves get the better of us compared to performance nerves?
The answer is preparation
Think about it - by the time you reach the theatre you've most likely been rehearsing for up to three months and (hopefully) know your stuff inside-out and back to front. You've learned your lines, you know the chore, you've been practicing on the set - you're all good to go.
If you take out the costumes, hair, blocking, etc., the amount of preparation you put into just singing your song in a performance is actually only a very small part of that up-to-three-month process. In the 'stand-and-deliver' context of an audition, where you only have to focus on the singing, that amount of preparation doesn't actually feel like much in comparison. Yet people keep cramming and panicking because they're not as prepared for their audition as they would be for a normal performance because they're not actually treating it as a performance.
This is Scar. Scar is prepared. Be like Scar. "Be Prepared". :)
And you enjoy performing in front of an audience - you said so yourself. Audiences and audition panels aren't really that different when you get down to it. In reality they both judge your performance, the only real difference is that there's something riding on the panel's thoughts and you hear the outcome of their opinions (not saying that the audience doesn't have opinions, you just don't necessarily hear them). So treating the panel as an audience allows you to connect with them and communicate - to perform - just the way you would with any other audience.
Remember what I said about audition panels being lazy - they don't want to see a 'fixer-upper' they can work with for a few months. They want a performer:
Give them a performance
Performing in the audition room should be no harder than performing in front of an audience, as long as you're prepared. If you spend the same amount of time preparing for your audition (remember, the singing part alone really isn't that much) as you do for a performance it then becomes a performance which a) makes it easy(er), and b) makes it fun.
If you do as much singing preparation for your audition as you do for a performance you'll go in there as confident as you normally do when you're performing and can treat it as just that - a performance - which is exactly what the panel wants to see. :)