Three years ago, I went in for one audition for a “possible recurring role” on Atypical.
I remember vividly, sitting in the waiting room, filled with actors of all different types and ages. All reading for the same role.
I could have easily told myself that “they’d never book me because I’m too ________ (young, old, tall, quirky, etc).” Or fill in the blank with whatever you tell yourself in these situations.
But instead, I chose to focus on simply bringing my truth into the room.
The character, Kathy, was described as “the uptight, but well-intentioned leader of the autism parent support group + a friend of Jennifer Jason Leigh’s.”
I found the place in me that understood what this meant. No judgment. Just truth.
My agent at the time actually thought I should pass on the role because he thought it might not turn into anything + that it wasn’t big enough.
But I felt connected to this character on many levels, even though the scenes in Season 1 were short + sweet.
But the scenes were funny, Kathy had a strong point of view + I could see her becoming part of the fabric of this show.
I also had never been into this casting office, so I figured why not simply go in + do what I do + leave?
I’m glad I trusted my instincts.
Today, Emmy-nomination round voting closes (tonight at 10pm PST), and to be up For Your Emmy® Consideration as “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” for my work on Atypical, is a dream come true.
I hope my story inspires you go into this week believing in yourself + knowing that anything is possible,
My best audition tips:
1. Trust your instincts.
2. Share your truth.
3. Shine your light.
If I had told myself a different story in the waiting room, if I had listened to my agent who didn’t think the role was big enough and if I had tried to figure out what “they” were looking for….it definitely wouldn’t have helped me book the role.
It’s not always easy to quiet the inner critic or other people’s opinions, but you’ll find that when you do, what’s left is your intuition and it always knows the way.
And if you need some help trusting your instincts lately, download my free “Success In The Audition Room” guided meditation audio here.
When you treat each audition as an opportunity to share your truth + leave, you’re no longer pushing, forcing or trying to “make something happen.”
When you trust + let go, that’s exactly when what you want finds its way to you.
So when you see headlines and posts like this….you’ll now know the story behind it all.
Stay open. Stay humble. Stay curious. And when in doubt, trust in the future you cannot see.
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We really are all in this together. Thank you for being part of my #ActorInspiration community.
I am rooting for you.
Love + Gratitude,
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