Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Bryan Cranston's Advice On Auditioning
You're not going there to get a job, you're going there to present what you do. -Bryan Cranston interviewed at the Oscars
We come, we act, we leave. That is the base template of our work. Casting often factors in and depends on things completely beyond your control and outside your knowledge.
Stay in your lane and run your race; auditions are our chance to do our work, and show it to others. Let them worry about who books.
And I realize how impossible that seems. Our bills getting paid, and our career's growth seems to be wrapped up in who books. I get that it feels like it, but the reality is our success is more tied to how much we turn our focus away from such extrinsic motivation when we do our work, between action and cut and curtain up and curtain down.
Booking is not about us. We do not control that outcome (unless we're the executive producer as well). So when we audition it may as well not exist to us. Do your work, and then go to the beach or something (says the guy who wishes he were at the beach today).
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