Which also means that another pilot season is peeking its head around the corner. The question is...are you ready? The television industry is about to become buzzing with activity, which means that your agent is determining to make sure that you are buzzing with auditions...and since success happens when opportunity meets preparation it has never been more crucial for you to be at the top of your game when you get that call. But what does it mean, exactly, to be ready?
I love sports analogies, and every great athlete knows the value of holding to a set of principles designed to maximize their chances of winning. Let's look at a few.
Firstly, your game is only as good as your practice. If you want to be great at your game, you must be on the court every day practicing, keeping the muscles strong, your technique well-oiled and your rhythm in flow...even in the off-season but especially during that time of the year when it counts the most. So if you're not doing a play or shooting a film or auditioning regularly 4-5 times per week, then get your booty into class. The last thing you want is to get that great audition only to go into the room feeling rusty.
Secondly, every great athlete utilizes a coach. Think about it. I've often heard actors say, "When will I finally be at the point where I won't need coaching?" My response to that is that it's not always necessarily a matter of need as it is a matter of really smart business practice! A coach helps you improve your game and streamline your technique helping you to become a better champion, but beyond that a coach is also the one person who is able to point out your blind spots. And we all have blind spots. These are the areas of the work that you can't see simply because you're too close to it. It's the reason we use side mirrors on the car when we drive, they point out our blind spots and help us avoid accidents. A good coach uses their experience to maximize their outside perspective to mirror back what you're unable to see in order to raise your performance to its highest level.
Thirdly, a great athlete manages their time well. If you want to be a champion, you must create a daily schedule and commit to it. When it's time to rehearse, you rehearse. When it's time to eat, you eat. When it's time to rest, you rest. When it's time to make phone calls, you make phone calls, etc. Pilot season is like the playoffs. It's crunch time, and a lot will be thrown at you at the last minute. Create a schedule that streamlines your time throughout the day but also allows for the unexpected.
When it comes to auditioning, you are responsible your ownership of the room. Just like every great athlete, it starts with your ownership of YOU way before you get that appointment. Make sure you're ready when you get the call!
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