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Patricia Petersen from Dream Girl Camp has tips on how to fight your monkey mind before, during and after the audition. She suggests setting an intention before going into any audition.
"What does that mean?
Well, everyday, all day, whether you know it or not, you are setting intentions for how things are going to go. If you're like most people, your intentions are set on 'default', meaning you keep creating the same thing over and over again, based on what you're used to experiencing, for better or worse.
What you're going to do differently now, is start deliberately creating your intentions....and watch the world shift to accommodate you.
So here's what you do: The night before an audition, tell yourself, with authority, how the audition is going to go. How the casting directors will receive you. How you are going to feel walking out of the room.
It might sound something like this:
"While I wait to be called in, I feel more confident than I ever have before."
"The casting directors are thrilled with my reading and love what I bring."
""I love everything about auditioning."
"I walk out of the room feeling high, happy & electric."
If you're like most of the entertainers I speak with who are struggling, likely your intentions (that you don't even realize you're setting) sound more like this:
"There's going to be a million girls there better than me, I just know it."
"The casting directors never see what Im truly capable of. This sucks."
"If I don't get the part this is going to be another phat waste of time."
"What fast food can I grab after? I know I'm going to need something to comfort me after being rejected again."
Do you see the difference? Or more importantly, can you feel the difference? One is open & confident while the other is fearful & dark.
And the casting directors can sense this, whether they know it or not.
They may say something like 'I don't know why, but she just didn't seem like she was giving 100%" or "Something about her didn't vibe with me".
People are extremely intuitive and they are picking up what you are sending out. All day. Everyday."
Next time you've got an audition, try to rewrite your personal script.
Leave a comment below and let me know how it went. Or share your new mantra with me. You can Tweet at me or leave it on my Facebook wall.
April Yvette Thompson