It's holiday season...
It's opera audition season...
It's always theatre audition season...
Sometimes, it's successful, sometimes it doesn't seem to be.
If you aren't getting the auditions, or the callbacks if you get the auditions; if you aren't getting seen; if you feel frustrated, disappointed, despondent, ready to take a hiatus...
Your feelings are valid. Acknowledge them, give them permission to exist and let them move through so you can get to the next.
What is the next?
A simple, yet complex question: Are you ready?
Your answer may be: Yeah, but Susan, ready for what? I am not getting seen/getting appointments/getting callbacks/getting ANYTHING.
Ah, but what happens WHEN they call? WHEN you get the audition appointment?
If you are stubborn and crazy enough to pursue this career choice (and you have to be a little or a lot of both!) - you have to be ready.
Once the disappointment wears away, get your big girl panties on and GET TO WORK.
There is nothing more devastating than to watch someone who SAYS they want a career, who may go through disappointing seasons of no work/no auditions, suddenly get an opportunity, and they just are not ready.
It happens more than you think.
Make a commitment to yourself this season. Make a commitment to be ready.
Sometimes you wonder if a casting director, or an artistic director even remembers you. Then, out of the blue, you get a call. Are your ready? (and that's not a story, it DOES happen)
What are you doing to be ready?
Is your voice is tip top shape? Are you studying regularly enough, are you practicing consistently to access your talent at will?
Are your arias ready to sing and PERFORM?
Is your audition book ready so if the casting director says "what else have you got in there?" you could sing that cut exactly the way you want it?
Do you know what you want them to see about YOU in an audition?
Are you ready to take on those roles or those projects that you say you want?
Is your head shot working?
Is your resume up to date?
Have you up'd your game in order to stand out for all the right reasons once you have a chance to show them what you do?
What if that phone call came today? Are you going to get excited, get focused and prep or are you going to start making excuses as to why it might not work?
If you say you want it, then DO IT. Prepare even when the opportunity isn't beckoning you. Prepare precisely because it is not there. This allows you the opportunity to be ready when the pressure isn't breathing down your throat!
Is the presentation of YOU accessible at a moment's notice? This is the time to assess and ponder and then do something about that!
Little secret: the business isn't going anywhere. You can take some time to get yourself in order to truly be ready when the call comes and they want to see you this afternoon, tomorrow or next week.
So, instead of letting the lack of work, auditions, callbacks get you down - let it be permission to get it all together! Organize! Plan! Study! Practice! Discover! BE!!!!
Yes, sometimes being ready means you hurry up and wait. Waiting doesn't mean dormant. Waiting means prepared. Our business is fickle, and it's temperamental and it changes its mind quickly. If you aren't ready to meet the challenge when the opportunity beckons or demands your attention, you will be stuck in your own decisions.
The opportunity will come. Be ready for what you need to do, in order to DO IT.
Don't settle for kinda, sorta, maybe.
Kinda, sorta, maybe isn't memorable for the right reasons.
You want it? You gotta go get it when it presents itself.
That's the best gift you can give yourself this season: ALL OF YOU!
Susan Eichhorn Young covers all things voice—strong and sophisticated singing and speaking.
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