Jun. 15, 2017

"WHY AUDITIONING IS COMPLETELY OVERRATED."

When you first look at the title of this blog post, it can seem like I'm a bitter, unsuccessful actor whose crying out for a chance to be in somebody's project so I can show the world my talent. The only problem is, I don't live through my ego. So I don't need to show how successful I've been or I don't need to explain why you should listen to me when I say, AUDITIONING IS COMPLETELY OVERRATED. But if you're willing to read on, I think you will be more inspired than offended.

Auditioning is a prehistoric tool that can be likened to torture as it relates to all of the aspiring actors that desire to be successful stars in the entertainment industry. And then I think about all of the money that actors spend on classes learning to audition for roles. I'm going to give you the secret to a phenomenal audition, but first let's talk about all of that money spent on class after class after class....Hmmmm, what if actors were able to take that money and put it into MARKETING? What if actors were able to take that money and buy a camera to shoot FOOTAGE IN THEIR GREATEST LIGHT? What if actors took that money to travel, and experience the thing that would be the greatest acting teacher of all, LIFE? These are all ideas that I find would serve your career best, as opposed to repeatedly going to cattle calls that are asking you to be anyone other than the amazing you...And that's just it! You are amazing, whether you have 50 credits or two credits...Because your amazingness doesn't come from a casting director telling you that you are, it comes from the Divine intelligence that created you to impact this world with your talent....So, here's the keys to an amazing audition: 1. YOU'RE A STAR ALREADY. YOU DON'T NEED ANYBODY'S JOB OR APPROVAL. 2. BE YOURSELF, NOT THE CHARACTER, AUTHENTICITY ALWAYS WINS. 3. CARE LESS ABOUT THE OUTCOME. IT'S UP TO THE UNIVERSE.

It took me years to realize how simple, yet liberating this process was, and it can be the same for you. Here's another issue with auditioning. It teaches actors to view themselves as employees as opposed to the entreperformers they truly are. How can you ever be successful, or better yet impactful, when you're putting the fate of your entire career & livelihood into the hands of someone else. REFUSE AT THIS POINT, FROM NOW ON TO EVER GIVE AWAY YOUR POWER LIKE THIS.  Start thinking about what serves your progressive development in this industry and ultimate success, as opposed to wasting time with auditions. People have fought me on this for years, but I just got tired of the actor's rat race. I knew, especially after living from my heart center that something had to change...And that's what I did, I cancelled my Actors access, Lacasting, Casting Frontier and upcast accounts. I decided to take a stand instead and carve my legacy to break the norm.

So in getting back to why auditioning is overrated, another important aspect comes to mind. Why not take that money you used to pay for classes to be an audition expert, why not take that money and hire a crew, write a script and make your own film. This may seem like a daunting task, initially, but I once made a movie for under $100. I wrote it, so I knew every aspect of the character needed to give a great performance. You can also! I encourage you right now, to make your mark by thinking like an entrepreneur. Put your faith in yourself, get creative and make your dreams come true! We live in a day and age where there's a festival around the world at least once a month, universities are always screening films, vimeo will allow you to upload your movies for a minimal monthly fee and youtube will allow you to upload any content for FREE!!...With all of this working in your favor, why waste two hours in traffic, waiting room and auditioning, why not write a script. If you need help, put out a memo on Facebook or Craigslist. Point is, you are an unlimited being and your resources are unlimited. Refuse to wait for your big break...CREATE IT!!

In conclusion, I know to some it may sound crazy, but to many it makes sense...It makes a lot of sense. I started a blog because actors need to know that they don't need to take the same road the other 5 million actors are taking. But, they can follow they're heart and open up some of the most innovative ways to expand creatively and find immense joy. All I can say is that I'm excited for what's out there for you. The power is truly in your hands when as an actor you realize auditioning is completely overrated. I leave you with a story that rings true to this concept I'm relaying to you. Billy Bob Thornton came to Hollywood with dreams, like most of us, of being a star and creating an impact in the film industry. No one really took him seriously and he auditioned for years before taking matters into his own hands. ENTER SLING BLADE! Thornton's drive and willingness to shift from the masses led him to write, direct, produce and act in this movie he created. From there, Hollywood took notice and the rest is history. I know...This could be you! What are you waiting for?

 

Cheers,

Shaun Grant

The Vibrational Actor

Heart Centered Acting