Understanding how to handle rejection as an actor is something that will enhance your professionalism and state of mind. Let’s admit, it’s tough out there. You are in a highly competitive industry where talent isn’t the only component at play. It can be disconcerting but keeping the following 4 tips in mind, will give you some solace when it comes to handling rejection.
1 – Don’t Get Personal
You don’t want to take no as a personal insult. Casting directors are not out there deliberately constructing a plan for your acting career demise. They have a job to do and that is simply to find the absolute best actor for the part. You shouldn’t take their rejection personally because it just isn’t personal. There are a number of reasons why you didn’t win the role but the most obvious reason is because someone else was better suited for the part. It’s never a rejection of who you are as a human being or your ability as an actor.
2 – Don’t Speculate
Don’t drive yourself up a wall on speculation. Thinking about all the various reasons as to why you did not book the job can make anyone stressed, including the possibility of your loved ones around you. It’s always wise to audition and move on and the best way to move forward after one audition is bringing us to my next point, your next audition.
3 – Always Focus On The Next Audition
Searching for or focusing on the next audition you have coming up is a surefire way of not only keeping you away from negative thoughts but also keeping your momentum. When you stay focused on the hustle and grind, you don’t have time to look back, unless it’s because you booked the role or learned something valuable at the previous audition that you want to keep with you.
4 – Keep A Positive Outlook
Remind yourself from time to time that auditioning and rejection go hand in hand. It’s the same thing as if you were going out into the corporate world. Rejection is imminent in the performing arts. The main thing is acknowledging the process of how things work and developing a thick skin in accordance with that process.
Unless you are super duper lucky at your first up at bat, an acting career does not happen overnight. It’s an accumulation of years spent owning your craft and improving your audition technique while working hard at being the best you can be.
Rejection is never easy but keeping these 4 points in mind may lighten your load and help you enjoy the journey some more.