As an actor, you’re probably brilliant at making up stories. In fact, you may be so good at it that that sometimes unknowingly you might kill your own career.
You are supposed to bring your imagination and stories to life BUT on stage or in front of a camera, NOT in your real life!
Here is an example, after an audition when the casting person says "you were good", "nice", "we got it what we want", "thank you" etc etc... Your brain starts to flood with thoughts, you’ve heard it before the same words from different casting people and you didn’t get the role or shoot.
But the fact is when someone says “thank you,” you usually say, “you’re welcome” and accept their kind words as appreciation. “Thank you” means just that. Period.
Here are few of the most common career-killing stories actors make up in their mind.
"The casting director doesn't like me" How do you know? A casting director’s job is not to like you, it’s to assess whether you are a fit for a particular project. Don’t collapse the two notions.
“Audition acha nahin hua, I suck at auditions” I can promise that if you constantly tell yourself you “suck at auditions,” inevitably, you will. The brain can only believe what you tell it. Why not fill it with an empowering declaration about auditioning so the next time you have one, you feel excited and ready to walk in and wow them.
“Casting directors, creative heads, producers apne hi bande gusa te hai” When you see a show or an ad which you also auditioned for and someone else got the job, this excuse which you give is just another way to validate yourself when you didn't get the role
“Koi naya banda casting kar raha hai, the person doesn't know anything.” Your job is not to question if the person on the other side has the experience to recognise your great talent. Whoever they are, they are the gatekeeper for that audition and you should give them your very best work no matter what.
Do comment, how many of you have said these before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
And now that you know what they are, you can avoid these.