As a follow up to last week's blog post, here are a couple more tips for dealing with friends and family who are not in the entertainment industry. Because everyone loves a sequel, right?!
1. Don’t tell them about every audition…
…because they will remember every audition and they will ask you about every audition...even...years...later. Auditions are just another day at the office to an actor, but for some reason a lot of my family members must think they’re job offers.
“So, whatever happened with that audition you were excited about? I never heard anything more about it!”
“Uh, yeah. Neither did I.”
I’ve basically stopped telling my family about auditions I go on. When we talk I’ll say I’ve been “auditioning” a bunch and just leave it at that. Then I ask about their lives.
2. Don’t rehash your auditions with them.
Along the same lines as the point above, don’t call them after your audition to say “That was great!” or “God, that sucked!” They’re not actors. They can’t help you feel better about letting your nerves get the best of you, or congratulate you on winning over a cold room. You might as well be speaking French. My advice? Have a teacher, coach, or actor pal with whom you can rehash your auditions. I email my acting teacher a quick overview of what happened, how I felt before/during/after, and what lessons I learned for next time. Having someone to assess with who speaks the same language and understands the process as a whole turns every audition into a valuable learning experience instead of a vague conversation about trying to get a job.
What are YOUR tricks for dealing with “civilians”? Comment below!
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