Friday Thoughts: Auditioners & Actors
I absolutely loved The Poe Show on Tuesday! I’m so thankful we were able to host the performance and work it into the whirlwind that is the end of the grading period. It certainly was a good investment of our time.
But as much as I enjoyed the performance, I also enjoyed the part that followed— the talk back with the cast. Our Drama Club members asked some great questions and the cast was very open and forthcoming about all that goes into the lives of a professional actor.
One comment that struck me was when one of the cast members referred to himself as a “Professional Auditioner” instead of a “Professional Actor.” He clarified his comment by saying that he can’t control whether or not he will get a part, but he can control if he auditions well. He talked about he takes every audition he can (even when he’s certain he won’t be cast) simply because he wants the experience and opportunity to train and perfect his craft. Simply put: he’s not afraid to fail.
I don’t think I could make it as an actor (I know that comes as a surprise to many of you— especially if you saw my cameo in Beauty & the Beast this past spring), but I certainly want to have the mindset of a professional auditioner— the mindset of someone constantly learning, growing, and putting my best self out there even when I’m uncertain of the outcome, even when I’ll most likely fail.
Come to think of it, I want us all to be professional auditioners, and I hope our students follow our lead.