How to Handle Rejection in the Acting Industry
Getting rejected is never a good thing, no matter whether it is in your personal or professional life. The feeling of being turned away instills an opinion of inadequateness in the person’s mind, especially in the mind of an actor who would more often than not be a very sensitive person, as the profession demands.
Rejection and the Usual Ways Actors Deal With It
An actor may be different from the plethora of others who get rejected on a daily basis, however, chances are that their methods of coping with the rejection will be the same. Drinking, feelings of dejections, glum phases and even physical tantrums can erupt as a result of being rejected, on an actor’s part. All of these are actually more damaging than good, and they usually degrade the person’s talent, rather than making them into a tougher and more professional person.
This calls for a list of ways by which you should handle the rejection while still maintaining integrity as an actor as well as a person.
Stay professional no matter what
Professionalism is king in the profession of acting, and certainly when you are beginning the career and desperately need auditions as well as gigs. This is because professionalism puts forth an impression of talent laced with a dose of knowledge about how things work in the entertainment industry.
Don’t contest the director’s decision
The director and producer is the one calling the shots, literally. Contesting their decision, and openly calling them out on the audition floor will not only cement a negative impression of your with them, but they might never again cast in you in their production.
Make it your motivation
There is nothing quite as effective as rejection to motivate you to perform better next time, if only you can channel it in that manner.
Have good actor Spotlight headshots and a proper actor’s CV and
Actor Headshots are what land you the audition in the first place, which is reason enough to have a professionally taken set of headshots at your disposal when auditioning. Equally important is an actor’s CV profile on actors Spotlight and a showreel, if you have one.
More than anything, it is important to not lose confidence just because you got rejected one. There are always plenty of auditions happening and if you have a good agent who can get you the best acting gigs, you will be that much closer to success!
Prepare your audition sides
The more prepared your are with the with the audition script, the more confident you will feel. Sometimes the casting office may only give you 8 hours notice to get the dialogue ready or even worse prep that audio song! Don’t delay get in the mind set of your acting competition. You could call a friend to go over the piece to help you learn the script. A great tool is the We Rehearse App. I did a Blog interview with the creators of the App – and I must say it’s a great idea to give you that extra help prior to the big casting day. Be prepared and you will rise above rejection in the acting industry!
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