Post-Audition Impressions

How many of us Actors have walked out of an audition or submitted a tape only to reach a moment afterwards where you didn't feel as confident? I am one of those Actors for sure. 

I most recently had that experience following an audition tape submission for the film scheduled to be in production Aug/Sept 2018 titled The Weakness Within Our Hearts.  I submitted the final tape, and I did not feel as confident even after watching it a few times. However, there was an itch inside of me telling me to take a risk based upon the role's expectations...

...I am so glad I did...

A few days later, I received notification that I was cast.  From what I was told, it was a cast/crew group decision. I was indescribably electrified!!!!

Ultimately, I chose to write about this because I've learned that an Actor's best audition might be when you do not feel confident and vice-versa. In other words, sometimes an Actor's "feel-good" thoughts are in reality not the best in favor according to the Casting Director/Assistant and/or Producer/Director/Writer, whereas any thoughts of insecurity following an audition might be your winning ticket.

Remember, you can't see your own face/body/gestures live during an audition (and in life really unless you have a mirror or you are looking at yourself in reflection while filming). As a result, your intuition necessarily may not be correct.

Receiving this role was indeed a surprise, and I am so thankful.

I could go on in more technical detail, but this blog post would be increasingly extensive, so I kept it as short as I could thereby releasing the main points I intended to include.

Stay tuned for my next blog post that will thoroughly examine selections of this post in detail.

Thanks so much again.

James Burleson