Rejection. It exists.
It is a HUGE part of pursuing an artistic career.
Imagine that you are at an audition for the entire creative staff of a huge Broadway show. The room is filled with 36 dancers who are all “triple threats.”
They are stellar singers. They are astounding actors. They are fierce dancers.
And, there’s YOU!
That alone is a lot to take in.
The choreography is perfect for you stylistically. You have this callback in the bag. The choreographer explains that there is an “8 count” of improvisation in the middle of this dance combo. He wants you to pretend like you are a
“USO dancer in the 1940’s dressed in a turkey costume.” (Yes, you read that right.)
After you get over the initial shock, you get that bubbly excited feeling in your chest, you know you got this!
When it comes you kick your face and exclaim:
Thrusting your chest like a turkey. Each time you give a good old proud turkey chest thrust. Slowly, you begin to realize that the 1940’s vintage top you had worn to the audition feels a liiiitle looser than it did when the audition started.
You look down and to your terror your shirt has completely ripped open, leaving you exposed not only to the 36 triple threats, but also to the full creative team (director, casting director, choreographer)! These people potentially held your next career move in their hands and you’ve just flashed them!!
What do you do? In the split second you have a choice to make. You can…
A. Scream and run out of the room never to be seen again.
B. Laugh uncontrollably mortified and unable to finish the dance combination.
C. Cover your chest and give that number the best energy you’ve got. Standing with confidence accepting the fact that everyone in that room is mortified for you so you don’t need to be mortified yourself!
What would you do?
Well, I can tell you what I did when this happened to me at an audition for South Pacific on Broadway. Oh yeah, lucky me! Wait… seriously tho, lucky me!! I took a split second pause and decided I’m gonna keep going. I not only finished the combination with more pizzazz I’ve ever given any dance combination EVER, when we were able to end in our own pose, I went straight to the splits and gave it a big TADA!!
I thought to myself, if there is ever ever a time I’ll get a callback, this is it!!
Sadly, this is what was called the required call. So no one got a callback. Ha! (Broadway shows are required by the Actors Equity Union to hold periodic auditions, so that AEA members are able to be seen.) However, when I went to an audition for the same casting director a few months later, you had better believe I reminded her of the story. I walked in and said
“Hi, I am Molly Mahoney, the girl whose top ripped at the South Pacific audition!”
She instantly threw her hands in the air screamed for joy and told me it was one of her most favorite audition moments to date.
That was the perfect proof in my positivity pudding!
Resilience my friends! You can’t beat it.
I have SO MANY stories like this. Moments when I’ve fallen or I’ve seen someone fall, and been amazed by the recovery. If you can really thank the universe for the moments when you fall and celebrate on the way up. You will put yourself in a position to succeed.
We are all going to fall at some point, we might as well make it count.
So, here’s your assignment.
Practice falling! Get out and try something new, goofy and maybe even a little embarrassing.
Get a resilience buddy and challenge each other! The only way to build your resilience is to get out there and put it to the test.
And while you’re at it – you might find yourself in need of a little confidence boost to get you started! Don’t worry I’ve got you covered! Click HERE to receive my 5 Ways to Boost Your Confidence Today! This tips have transformed my clients, and I know they will inspire you too!
Shimmer and Shine,
** Molly and I tapped our feet off in a production of “Crazy For You” many years ago, and she now has an incredible business called The Prepared Performer, honing her students and clients to give incredible auditions that book them jobs, and teaching them how to sing with confidence and great gusto. Molly interviewed me for her newly launched Podcast after The Wealthy Artist Summit and now we are inviting you to the party! Click below to learn:
- What to do in the face of constant rejection
- How a good audition equals a full bank account
- How to stop competition and comparison from sabotaging your performance
- How to Rock every performance and audition