Audition Advice From Wil Wheaton

On the topic of auditioning, Wil Wheaton had this to say:

This is something I tell actors all the time: you have to find ways to enjoy auditions, and as hard as it is, as counter intuitive as it is, you just can’t make success or failure about booking the job. You have to make success or failure about enjoying yourself. You’ve got to enjoy the process of creating the character, preparing the audition, and then giving the people on the other side of the desk whatever your take on the character is. You absolutely can not go in there and try to give them what you think they want. The way you stand out, and the way you enjoy it whether you are hired or not, is to take the material, prepare it, and find some way to make it your own. Even if you don’t book the job (and the ratio of auditions to jobs is something like 20:1 for successful actors) you’ve beencreative. Casting people will recognize that, and even if you’re not right for this particular job, they are more likely to bring you in for other parts, because they’ve already seen you take a creative risk.

This dovetails with some advice one of my acting teachers once gave me: auditioning can’t be the only place an actor has to get the creative monkey off his back. Acting workshops, live theater, sketch and improv shows, and other non-competitive performing environments are vital creative outlets for actors who wish to retain any sort of sanity. Having these places to perform does more than keep your skills in shape; it should take some of the importance away from auditions, letting you get out of your own way so you can enjoy the process.

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One Response to “Audition Advice From Wil Wheaton”

  1. JG went to the beach and complained:

    Dr. Zoltan,

    Actively exercising your creativity is important, and it seems that the more one practices the art of acting in various mediums, the better one will become at one’s own acting capabilities in general. Perhaps if one can learn to act out “enjoyable” characters, one can become better at acting one’s way through the “enjoyment” process of the audition, too.

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