As an actor, even one who is well established, it can be difficult to face the rejection that so frequently accompanies auditions. Here are a few tips to keep your motivation up and avoid taking rejection personally:
1. Remember that Acting is a Business
Casting directors need certain individuals to play certain roles. You may think that you are perfectly suited to a part, but the production may warrant something completely different. While your rejection may be the result of a choice you make in your audition, this choice by no means defines you; it could in fact be exactly what is desired by another casting director looking to fill the same role! Or it could be the result something you can't change, perhaps they need an actress shorter than male love interest who was already cast. Such rejection is not a reflection of you as a person, there are so many other factors involved. It does not deem you a bad actor.
2. Don't Fear Rejection
Understand that everyone in the acting game has been rejected before and it has likely happened A LOT. If anything, use auditions as an opportunity to pay attention to your strengths and weaknesses. If you are rejected for a dream role, pay attention to who is cast. What different features did they bring to the table? Use rejection to fuel motivation. Don't let rejection make you so eager to please that you become unoriginal.
3. Be Confident, Persistent, and Passionate
If you let rejection defeat you, your goals of being a successful actor will never be realized. By being confident in your craft you will be able to better emphasize your unique skills. Keep auditioning! Know that you are likely suited very well to certain roles, you just have to find them. The previous rejections you felt will not only make you stronger as a person and an actor, but the victories will taste much sweeter. Finally, be passionate. If you care about your craft and are willing to learn and grow to the best of your ability your dedication and growth will make you stand out to those who merely expect roles. Hard work is respected everywhere.
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