Auditions are tough. Stressful. Lots of work getting a monologue ready or polishing up old ones you think might work, putting on a smile when you don’t really feel like one. Then are aren’t enough parts for everyone. Maybe you get one, maybe you don’t.
Let’s say you get a part, though. You’re done with the whole audition pressure now, right?
Not so fast. We sometimes focus so much on the audition process in theatre that once we have what we want (a part), we forget that the most important part of the process is now starting: everything else. Rehearsals, working with designers, publicity and marketing, and the performances. It doesn’t happen often, but I have a few stories (and I’m sure you do too) of actors who were sweetness and light during auditions and became a pain in the ass as soon as rehearsals began, and didn’t let up until the cast party — sometimes not even then.
And then they wonder why they don’t get cast again. It couldn’t be because of the impression they left, could it?
You are always auditioning. This is as true in “real life” as it is in theatre. Positive work ethic, attitudes and a healthy hesitation to getting involved in the company gossip machine, make you someone others want to work with. Behaving badly — not learning lines, arguing with directors and other cast and crew members, showing up late (or not at all) — will make you someone to avoid, no matter how talented you may be.
It seems obvious, but we often forget: You are always auditioning.