Every year when pilot season hits, there’s a flurry of excitement about what to do next. As the self tape requests flood in, excited actors chance the idea of getting their O1 visas and making a break for Hollywood. Will they cross the shores or stay where they are?
I won’t lie. I’ve considered it myself a million times. The glamour, the contacts, the red carpets, the studios. Who wouldn’t want access to that. And truth be told, it’s probably something I will work towards sooner or later.
I guess any move is the same. I did it myself many years ago by venturing all the way across to the other side of the world to hit Britain. Sure, it doesn’t have quite the same pizzazz as LA, or the snowy sparkle of New York, but it’s still a big city and offers much more of the big industry feel than I was finding available in my happy Brisbane surroundings at the time. And yet, with any move comes great expectations and equally, much fear and trepidation.
There are also some other minor (major) details that get left out of the gym locker conversations about moving continents to pursue an acting career. Some of these things impact a person so much more than they realise, and they really ought to be on the ‘check list’ when deciding if one is really ready to jump ship and live abroad. read more
If your 2016 looks anything like mine, it’s full of promise, anticipation and excitement. There’s all sorts of possibility in the air. You made a bunch of commitments to yourself last year. A bunch you ticked off and a bunch are still in the to-do pile. Some are no longer applicable.
The important thing to remember is, as lame as it sounds, you are EXACTLY where you should be right now. I have this conversation with clients all the time. As the year continues they face all kinds of frustrations because they haven’t accomplished exactly what they’d like to have done. Or they’ll be plagued by regrets.
For lots of actors, especially those just starting out, entering an audition room is a nerve-wracking experience. You spend all that time wishing for your big break, hustling your agent or diligently doing your own detective work to find suitable roles, working hard to get that invitation to audition… and then when the opportunity arises you lose sleep, are a bag of nerves, don’t enjoy the experience and walk out of the audition room wishing you had done a better job.
Overcoming this kind of anxiety can boil down to two main areas – Preparation and Mental Attitude.
Preparing for an audition should occur long before the appointment arrives.In fact, you can start preparing for any audition today, right now, or at least as soon as you finish reading this. The first thing you have to master is learning lines. And the only way you can do this is by… learning lines. Every single day. Without fail. It should be as natural a part of any actors daily routine as brushing teeth or making that first cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Pick a page or two of dialogue from any script that you can easily download and learn it. Test yourself at lunchtime, test yourself again at dinner time. If you do this every day it won’t take long for your memory muscle to grow big and strong. You’ll relish getting new material to learn and enjoy the challenge to keep your muscle toned. And then when the invitation to audition comes through, learning lines is the least of your worries.