When you pay a visit to your doctor, you TRUST that the doctor has the skills, knowledge and ability to address your ailment and provide a treatment that will make you well, especially if you've done your due diligence by researching the doc ahead of time or seeking guidance and referrals from fellow patients. But imagine for a moment, that in your first appointment with this new doc, you get a sense by the way the doc is behaving that he/she doesn't really know what they're doing, or doesn't seem to have the confidence that you'd naturally expect from such an expert. I don't know about you, but I'm outta there and at the very least seeking a second opinion on any diagnosis I'm given!
Our ability (or lack of ability) to trust ourselves sends out signals to other people. When you don't trust yourself, others sense it. It seeps out of your very being in many different ways that others pick up on. When you become an expert in a particular discipline and you are in the constant practice of that discipline, the natural byproduct is confidence. The dentist who has a thriving dental practice yet also continues to educate him/herself on the latest technology in dentistry is likely to have a lot of confidence in his/her ability to fix teeth! It's no different for the actor. When you walk into the room, the casting directors and producers are operating off the assumption that you know what you're doing. This is why confidence in the audition is so important to booking jobs. If you don't trust yourself in the audition, why should they trust you with the role? If you don't trust the choices that you've made with the character, why should they? And let's take it even further. If you don't LIKE your choices as the character? Why should they like them?
At my studio, we have a motto: Don't just make choices, LOVE your choices! When you love your choices and are passionate about them, you'll find that confidence comes along for the ride.
So at your next audition, instead of walking into the room with the thought, "What do they want? How can I give them what they want?" Instead, walk into the room with the thought, "I love this story, and I'm excited for them to see my take on this character! And if my interpretation needs a little tweaking, I welcome the redirect. Let's play!"
The casting director and powers-that-be in the room want you to put your shoulder behind your choices. They want you to come in the room trusting your choices but open to redirect if necessary. It's exciting when an actor comes into the room with confidence. That's an actor they can work with!
Bottom line? TRUST YOURSELF. Because if you can't, why should anybody else?
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