A Nightmare after Christmas?

christmasOnce upon a time, a young auditioner had a great Christmas time with his family. It was a Christmas of plenty presents but it was also a time of many events and many fights. In fact, it was so consuming, that he felt like he needed a break after that big a holiday. So he put his audition preparations off until January.

On New Year’s Day, he woke up and an eerie feeling overcame him. He felt tired from all the parties and his voice was hoarse from all the talking. He hastily jumped out of bed and took out his calendar. His first audition was scheduled for January 23rd. Where had the time gone? The eerie feeling turned into panic. He stood there motionless and without a clue on how to face what was staring him in the face. He didn’t even know where to start. All he wished for was a time machine!

DON’T LET THIS BE YOU!

Let me save you from suffering the same fate! Start working on your rep now! You still have almost a month left until Boxing Day, imagine how much you can get done in a month! You want to walk into that room with your material under your belt, right? And unfortunately, there will be no confidence or touching performance if you aren’t prepared. You know it and I know it, so save yourself the heartbreak! 😉

So, what’s stopping you? Well, truthfully, the main person stopping you is yourself. So, just ask yourself this: What are you gaining by lack of preparation? Yes, auditions are scary but they will be even scarier when you’re not prepared.

THREE STEPS TO GET READY BEFORE CHRISTMAS

But what can you do? Well, first of all, make a list of everything you need to get done before your first audition, you can even put the tasks into categories. It is always easier to look at a list in front of you rather than trying to keep up with all that in your head. It will also help you grasp the amount of workload.

Second of all, schedule time slots each week for your tasks. Yes, actually mark them in your calendar. Think of them as appointments with your rep, cancellation impossible. Also schedule sessions with your coaches in advance for the rest of the year. Don’t forget to schedule break times to refuel the engine. Maybe there are even other non-audition-related appointments that can be moved to early 2017 to make time.

smilies-bank-sit-rest-160739Third of all, get an audition buddy. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a fellow auditioner, it can also be a friend or family member or a coach of yours. Tell them about your goals for each week and have them check in on your progress. Being held accountable makes a massive difference in motivation. Personal trainers don’t get paid for nothing, hun! 😉

After that, let Christmas be your well-deserved brain break, let your rep sink in so you can work on finishing touches after. Because if you prepare well before Christmas, the holidays won’t hit you as hard!

And now, I want you to close your eyes and imagine yourself on that big stage in your dream role. Everything you’re doing today will take you one step closer to that goal. And everything you do today will take you one step closer to the school that will help you get there.

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