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  • Situations we find humiliating 11/13/2017  11:17am

    This happened twice in the last couple weeks:
    I audition for a role I could nail, don't get a callback, and then see the role gets re-released. The implication (at least to me) is that the creatives would go to great lengths to avoid hiring me (or anyone else who auditioned).


    Anyway, what are situations that regularly happen to you that you find humiliating?

    bwaylvsong 11/13/2017  11:19am

    were you called in for it specifically or did you attend an EPA/ECC?

    sohoguy 11/13/2017  1:31pm

    One was an appointment from actorsaccess, the other was an open call by an appointment. Obviously the former was a lot more humiliating, but the latter was for a role multiple industry professionals have said I'm perfect for. Though yes, I would normally not be the slightest bit upset in the latter situation.

    bwaylvsong 11/13/2017  1:46pm

    *open call by appointment

    bwaylvsong 11/13/2017  1:47pm

    With all do respect, focusing on this is a huge waste of energy. I understand the sting of rejection, I do, but humiliating? I just don't see that, try not to look at it that way. You NEVER know what they are looking for. Maybe they need to hire someone to fit a particular costume, maybe they've already cast the actor you'd play opposite and you're too short/tall/thin/fat/etc. And if you're talking about a company like Theatreworks, I think they are VERY specific in the types that they are looking for. Don't waste another second of thought on this. Do your work in the room and leave it there. If they don't want to hire you, someone else will. Keep taking class, keep reading, keep growing, you do you. Let them worry about their casting puzzle.

    Michael P Scarn 11/13/2017  4:46pm

    ^I TOTALLY get that and am humiliated that I'm humiliated 😉
    It's just been a particularly grating couple months, and I've been at this for YEARS. Never felt the sting of rejection as hard as I have recently.

    bwaylvsong 11/13/2017  5:00pm

    Ugh, I'm sorry, I get it. Depending on what is going on in my life, rejection can hit me harder at certain times as opposed to others.

    I know you're not necessarily looking for advice, but remember, human first, actor second. Take time to nurture yourself. If you can read "The Artist's Way", it was recommended to me by a teacher and it changed my life. Also, check out Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Success in the business of acting (booking work) is in no way reflective of your talent and craft.

    Michael P Scarn 11/13/2017  5:20pm

    I'm always open to and appreciative of advice! I have a lot of trouble separating "human" from "actor" since performing is such a huge part of my life/identity. But I don't let auditions take over my life in the way that they used to.
    I actually read "The Artist's Way" ages ago but will definitely revisit it in addition to looking into "Big Magic." I understand that there is very little correlation between success and hard work/talent mentally, but not emotionally.

    bwaylvsong 11/13/2017  7:12pm