- It’s not about you. The biggest mistake you can make in a small role audition is making it about you.
- Have the guts to do nothing. When you’re auditioning for a small role, ditch the acting.
- Breathe life into you, not your character. In a small role audition, when you do less and think you’re being boring, you’re actually interesting.
1. Engage in mood-enhancing activities.
Worry loops can strike us when we’re in a negative mood. Which doesn’t mean that we should aim to be radiating gleeful joyousness 24/7. But there is a paradoxical tendency, when we’re down, to do things that actually deepen our negative mood.
2. Use the “feel like continuing” stop rule
This is going to sound ridiculously simple, but when you find yourself in a worry loop, take a moment to pause and ask yourself if you’d like to continue worrying or not.
3. Cognitive defusion
Stepping back a bit to observe our inner voice, and to recognize that these are just thoughts – not reality – can help us move on more quickly and avoid getting trapped in a loop.
4. Parking your worries
This strategy will sound a little backwards too, but scheduling dedicated worry time is a classic psychologist worry hack.
Metz recalls that she pursued a career in acting without much direction, but with measureless determination. She explains, “After high school I really wanted to act, but I didn’t even know how to begin. I didn’t know anybody with connections, I didn’t come from money, I didn’t go to Juilliard. But I never was afraid of the odds, even though they were seriously stacked against me.”
Though she moved out to Los Angeles, she didn’t get very far at first. She remembers, “Some young women and I caravanned all the way from Florida, then lived in a two-bedroom apartment, three of us to each room, in Burbank. We were all on a budget—we spent nights playing Uno in our living room—but most of the other kids’ parents were footing their bills. My stepdad helped me with my car insurance, but I couldn’t ask him for anything more; they didn’t have anything extra. So I paid my own way by nannying or finding odd jobs. I had two auditions that pilot season, maybe. I cried a lot.”
Why does it matter? It’s the choreographer’s prerogative, of course, but in an art form that already feels distant and unreadable to some audiences, being wilfully abstruse in your labelling doesn’t exactly help. As Lyn Gardner noted recently, it can feel as though artists are attempting to prove their cleverness and exclusivity when jargon actually functions as a barrier rather than an invitation.
In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it’s drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency. It’s continuing to practice your free throw even after you’ve nailed every shot. It’s playing through that song one more time even though you’ve made no mistakes. Scientists call this training past the point of improvement ‘overlearning.’ And a recent study in Nature Neuroscience suggests that it might improve performance by altering chemicals in the brain that “lock” in training.
Build playlists around your interests.
Update your playlists on a regular schedule.
Only ONE song per artist.
Seed your own songs!
Playlists should have between 20-60 songs.
Use smart keywords in your description.
Your playlist name is SUPER IMPORTANT!
Promote your playlists.
Tag, tag, tag.
Ask your fans to save a song from your playlist to their own playlists.
Notify other artists who’ve been added to your playlists.
Embed your playlist.