By: ClaimFame Career Coach & Guest Blogger, Mason O’Brien
Mason O’Brien is the owner and operator of Bluprint coaching, a life coaching service based out of Los Angeles. Mason, “The Practical Coach”, works one-on-one with clients during periods of transition to design the next and best phase of their life! For more details visit Bluprintcoaching.com.
I’d like to take you all down memory lane to my first audition. I was in the 9th grade and looking for new ways to get involved at school and make friends. I had always liked the theatre and had recently seen “Chicago” on Broadway. Between my love of musical theatre and my VAST experience seeing shows on the Great White Way, I thought I was a shoe-in for a role in “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”. Boy was I wrong! I performed an incredibly off-pitch version of, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from “Sweet Charity” and recited my monologue at warped speed. Needless to say, I didn’t land the starring role.
Luckily, the theatre director recognized my enthusiasm for the arts and probably took a little pity on me after my performance. She extended an invitation to join the drama program to work on my acting skills. Within a few months, I was asked to perform as a member of a comedy ensemble at a local festival. Sure, it wasn’t the role of Lucy, but I was honing my craft and meeting new people who were supportive as well as encouraging.
With that said, I have a few morsels of wisdom to share today that I hope my sad audition story captured:
1. Practice, PRACTICE, practice! Go into your auditions cool and confident, but most importantly, be prepared!
2. Take advantage of all opportunities that come your way. Access is everything when it comes to the arts. Say yes to new classes, new types of performances, and new mentors. It will only make you a stronger and more knowledgeable performer!
3. Do the work before you go. Research the people you’re auditioning for and know your performance piece inside and out. It will show!