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Acting Audition Psych Out – Uh-Oh…I’m Not Right For This Acting Audition!

Acting Audition Psych Out…It happens to every actor at one time or another.

You get the call from your agent about the acting audition.  You look at the breakdown description for your character.  Your heart skips a beat.  Just to make sure you're not crazy, you flip through the sides and the script to see if there was a typo.  But it's the same.

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And you realize you got called in for a character that sounds like your polar opposite.   Panic sets in.  How on earth can you play this?  And just like that, your acting audition (even though it may be days away) begins to slip away.  The crash and burn has begun.

In fact, it can even get worse once you get to the waiting room and see that everyone there looks the same and you look different.

You now have two options.

You can allow this acting audition for this great role to slip away OR you can use it to your advantage.

I've explained what I mean in this acting audition video tip.

WATCH IT NOW and see if it gives you a little relief.


Did that help make you feel a little more empowered and a little more in control of the situation for your next acting audition where you are different from the breakdown?

In an acting audition, when you are a different type than what the breakdown says, use it to your advantage!

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Have you ever been “psyched out” of an acting audition?  If so, tell me about it in the comments below!

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~Amy

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20 Responses

  1. Dave Tracy says:

    maybe slightly off topic, but this made me think of my personal psych out:
    I have been doing an acting course locally and each week we get new scripts to work with, the first part of the course was learning your easy casting character etc, I guess I didn’t get this down right and as we progressed through the course I was getting told why didn’t you try this character etc I kept seeing myself differently to the teacher (maybe a vanity thing on how I saw myself) anyway I finally gave in and did the role she said was me (even though I didn’t see it). I memorised the 3 scenes and taped them, afterwards I felt very deflated., I felt like the performance was terrible…maybe I didn’t have what I thought I had, maybe I should just throw it in and focus in other areas. The next day in class we went through the tapes and got to mine, I privately told my teacher what I was thinking…the class viewed the tape and there were sighs and oh’s afterwards, then one of the guys said I wanted to see what happened next, I looked confused at my teacher and she said you finally found a role that was you…you didn’t have to push, you were just you and it was easy, that’s why you didn’t think you were acting. I learnt soo much in that moment, I’d like to say over the next weeks I kept picking the best character for me but that’s not true, but it’s getting better and easier and I’m starting to see who I am really, oh and I’m bloody loving it…just reading scripts and self taping is fun, imagine landing a role, it would be the cream in top,.

  2. This is a great tip. I do see every audition as an opportunity. I happen to be in my early 50’s so this would fit me. Great tip though
    :)

  3. Tressielynn Kincannon says:

    I’ve actually landed a role with this! I went to audition for a part 10+ years older than I was at the time, but NAILED my cold reading, came back for a second read and was cast!

    The director was nervous about his choice, but couldn’t stop telling me by the end of the run how glad he was that he took the risk of casting me!

    Absolutely valuable information, Amy! <3

  4. Bj Wieland-Doucet says:

    I’ve only not passed on 1 when it was obvious that I was “WAY out in left field” for the part.

  5. Rachel says:

    Thank you Amy for sharing this awesome tip, makes me feel better… had to read my lines several times trying to bring the character out and cold reading makes it difficult… glad to hear that looking unique gives you credit and at the end of the day your image type is what’s going to market you …God bless Amy¡¡¡¡

  6. Polly Mitchell Giles says:

    I actually like it when I “stand out” in the waiting area. I feel more at ease somehow. I wasn’t made to be normal or to blend in! That’s why in background work, I end up featured, or don’t get cast. I don’t blend well. I play well, but blending… That’s why I’ve begun the switch over into the world of Character Actors!
    …and to think that growing up, through all of the teasing and bullying, all I wanted was to be normal. To fit in.
    What a disguised Blessing!! With ammunition, and a plethora of experiences to draw upon, all included!

  7. sumiet arora says:

    Thanks, great tip.

  8. Wade Dienert says:

    Thanks for the tip Amy! I love it when I don’t look like everyone else in the room. Although it may appear as a daunting task, I would revel in the challenge. What’s the worst they can tell you? “NO!???” Like none of us have ever heard that word before!! :)

      • Wilfried Capet says:

        Exactly!!! Thanks for the tip. My mom told me that in this business I will have to face at least a 1,000 NO’S!!…. but you know what? I am ready to receive those no’s, and even better, I can’t wait and I am ready to work my way up to the top!

        The more no’s I receive, the closer I get to my YES, the more I receive the more compelling I am, the more I receive, the better I become.

  9. Tony A Riendeau says:

    That’s a great tip.. yes i have been psyched out I’m 30s I look 20s an the part was early 40s an it was Lil over an hour drive on a warped tire, I really didn’t want chance it an waste the gas. But this is very helpful!!

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