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Why Your Agent isn't Fighting For You to Get Auditions
**1. You're not getting good feedback from Casting Directors on the auditions that your agents work so hard to get for you**
**2. Casting Directors aren't eager to give you an audition because your last one wasn't great which means agents have to bend over backwards to convince a casting director to give you another chance **
**3. You're not getting pinned for auditions (essentially put on hold for a role) or getting called back for a producer session or screen test**
**4. Casting Directors don't request to see you for roles, but only see you when your agent submits you and then follows up with a phone call.**
In short, agents only make money if you make money...
So if they've got to work twice as hard just to get a client an audition that doesn't turn into a real money-making job or a callback, then you're not a good investment of their time and energy.
**So, how do we turn this around?**
You need to learn how to audition well for the camera. From a seasoned actor/coach who books work and has a technique that will help move this process along.
Remember, your competition, those Yale, Juilliard, NYU grads have been in school for 3-4 years training.
Then don't get mad when they "take your jobs"...(yeah, I said it).
**They're doing their work and you can too...and you don't need to get a million dollar education to do it, but you do need to train, rehearse and learn a technique.**
And that's what today's newsletter is all about.
Do everything within your power to audition well, consistently. How can you do that?
Target Casting Directors to see what kind of work they cast, what kind of actors they cast, the acting k acting styles the shows that they cast.
Watch the shows: if it's a mockumentary or single camera, the acting is smaller, quirkier, character driven. If it's an epic crime drama, the pace of the acting is tight, full of lots of clues/facts in the language that an actor has to handle deftly in order to do the scenes well. If it's fantasy or superheroes, it's super truthful in an imaginary world and subtle. If it's Shonda Rhimes, it's fast, lucid and full of actor driven monologues that are sorta Shakespearean.
In short, learn the acting style of the shows you want to be on. Long before you get the audition.
1. Pick one thing to work on in each audition. The thing you choose should be completely within your control. It should be measurable, have a time limit and your success or failure is all dependent on what you can do and not outside circumstances.
For example, if your goal is "book this job or book a co-star," you're setting yourself up for failure because framing the goal that way takes away your power. You don't have control over the director's final choice, so you go into an audition needing to please them instead of owning the room and that instantly makes you a super yucky actor.
But if your goal for today is to really "listen and respond" as if you're hearing each line for the first time. That is completely within your control. And that simple adjustment means the difference between a crappy audition and a brillant one.
Remember the definition of a great audition is that every single element that is within your control is done brillantly. That's it. That's all.
The rest is karma.
When you do your best.
The universe sends you her best.
Whatever energy you exude is what is returned to you triplefold
Or you can't work like the dickens on something with your heart and soul and not get a return. You are a magnet for goodness and hardwork, when you always do your epic best.
That's all I got for today, beauties,
Keep reaching for the stars,
Imagining where you want to be,
Not where you are!
Love, Light & Power,
April Yvette Thompson