Did you make an acting New Year’s Resolution this year?
I’m not usually big on resolutions, but a couple weeks ago I thought of something I wanted to start doing and it just happened to be that time of year soooo… why not?
My acting New Year’s Resolution for 2016 is to start auditioning more for the types of roles that are going to move my career forward. Specifically, I want to start auditioning for more TV shows and films.
My goal is to audition for at least one TV or film role every week.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Just because I want more auditions for roles like these doesn’t mean I’ll necessarily get more auditions for roles like these.
So here’s what I’m going to do.
My plan is to prepare for one of these auditions every week, regardless of whether or not I actually get one. So if I get a TV or film audition from my agent or from Actors Access, great! But if not, I will find audition sides online for a character that I fit and prepare for it as if it’s the real deal.
I know that my theatrical auditions are not as strong as my commercial auditions so this resolution is an effort to change that. I firmly believe that the ability to audition well is the single most important skill to develop for any NCWA (non-celebrity working actor).
I look at it this way: Each week that I don’t get a TV/film audition from my agent, I am improving my chances of booking the next one that I do.
So, every week in 2016, I will do the following:
FRIDAY: If I haven’t received an actual TV/film audition that week, I will download audition sides for a role I fit off of Showfax, Talent Pages, or Simply Scripts.
SATURDAY – MONDAY: Prepare as if it were a real audition.
TUESDAY: Record my audition, play it back, and evaluate my performance. If the audition is from a show or film that has already been released, watch said show/film to see what the actual actor did in the scene(s) from the sides.
The most important thing I expect to get out of this is an improved comfort level with TV and film auditions. Hopefully, the weekly practice sessions will pay dividends when I actually get that call from my agent.
Will you join me?
What types of auditions do you want to get better at? TV and film, like me? Commercials? Plays? Shakespeare?
Whatever it is, make a commitment to improving every week by preparing for your practice auditions as if they were the real thing.
Invite some of your acting friends to do the same. Maybe you can set up a day to meet every week and record the auditions each person has been working on. Have fun with it! Make it a pizza party!
Doing this with others provides the added benefit of keeping each other accountable and following through on your commitments.
Let’s make 2016 the best year ever!