Originally Published: 15 March 2018
Oh sweetie pie. This process was tough. I know, I’ve been through it more times than I would like to admit. Take your time to mourn. It’s ok to be sad, to feel like you’re not good enough, not unique enough. To regret this, that and the other thing that happened in the room. To second guess doing this as a career. But after a few weeks or a month, you’ll come out of it, as long as you don’t allow yourself to wallow for too long and grow bitter. You very well may decide that grad school is not for you, or that this career is not for you. And that’s okay!
It doesn’t work out for everyone their first, second or even third time auditioning. Yeah, some people get into ALL the big schools their first time around. But if those people didn’t go the grad school route, they’d be successful anyways. Those people are like Usain Bolt. So don’t compare yourself to them, or anyone else, for that matter. Stop that nasty habit now.
If you do stick with it (and I hope you do, my love), find creative outlets that don’t involve auditioning:
· Read plays, go see plays, write a play or movie
· Go to an improv or sketch show! Laugh!
· Take French lessons
· Take mandolin lessons
· Start a breakfast/lunch/dinner club with friends where you all create a short film or podcast over the course of your meal
· Follow people around in the park and mimic their walks/gestures
· Make up a fun story to tell the cops when they ask you why you were following people around in the park that in no way implicates me
· Go to a museum!
· Practice storytelling through Instagram stories
· Take up yoga thrice a week (that’s more self-care vs creative, but you should totally do it)
· Get up early and take a day trip to somewhere you’ve never been!
· Do community service (this always, without fail, will get you out of your head)
Set goals and deadlines for yourself for this time next year, so you can show yourself and these schools how you’ve grown. For example:
· Book two regional shows and a commercial
· Do yoga thrice a week (seriously, do it)
· Write a blog to rival “Thanks For Coming In” (wait, what?)
So own your rejection! Use it as fuel. Kick ass and take names. Listen to this song.
Now go out there and win you some acting!