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A Funny Auditioning Tweet

Hello All! Mary McGinley here, director also known as The Audition Physician.

I recently noted a funny tweet from an actress that went something like this:

“Instead of auditioning, I’m just going to grab random strangers on the street and have them tell me what is wrong with me.”

It made me laugh, but it also made me sad – because I think that she didn’t really mean it as a joke.  It made me wonder what was going on with her.  The first impression is that when she goes to auditions, the viewers criticize her a lot.  Do you identify with the tweet?

I find that hard to believe.  For one thing, most auditors have so much going on, themselves, being so focused on getting their casting done, that they really don’t have the energy to spend on critiquing those who audition for them.

The exception, of course, is that if you were good and really close to what they want, and they want to see if just a little tweaking would get you there. So, that’s a good thing, isn’t it?  So, if that is not the case, then it could only be one of two things.

1.) The director/producer/etc. is having a really bad day and taking it out on the actors. In which case, would you want to work with someone who does that? It’s better you find out now.

2.) She is imagining the auditors are judging her harshly because she is not getting booked, when the reason could have nothing to do with her. She really should read my book and get into a more Zen place of mind.

Of course, there is a third option: She could actually be a bad actress and showing up at auditions for which she is not right, wasting everybody’s time.  If that is the case, let’s hope some friend will find a gentle way to tell her the truth and let her down easy.  And they should let her know that just because she is not good now, it does not mean there is no hope. With the right classes, if she is open to change and willing to work, she could find her niche. It all depends on how badly she wants it.

I’ve seen it happen.

(And if you happen to be that actress, I want to help you. Sign up for my ebook. It’s free!  Look to the left on this blog’s home page.)

– Dr. M., the Audition Physician

#acting #drama #theater #auditioning

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Major Resume Mistake

As I’m about to advertise for photo/resume submissions I suddenly thought of the major mistake that many beginning actors make on their resumes.  (Aside from lying.)  So, I thought I would explain it here, especially since I really have not seen it explained to actors anywhere else.

When listing your experience, put the items in these four columns: play, character, director and production company.  That last one seems to confuse a lot of actors.  They list the theater where the play was produced, not the name of the company.  What many beginning actors don’t understand is that companies don’t necessarily own the building they produce in.

The point here is that the listing on your resume is there to let someone considering hiring you know who you have worked for before.  Your resume should let them know who to contact to get a further reference.  If I am about to hire someone and had any question about their work, I want the option of calling a previous employer, not the owner of the building who doesn’t know the actor.

As I’ve said in the past, the casting of a play is so critical to its success, that a good director does his best to get it right.  This includes checking references.  So, you as an actor must give the name of the company where these references can be checked.

And keep in mind that if you did play a part where you caused trouble, leave it off your resume.  If could come back to haunt you.  Next week I’ll continue to let you in on some more Do’s and Don’t’s.

Cheers!

Dr. M.

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