I was standing in rehearsal the other day. Small, unkempt room, wooden floor that haven’t been washed in I don’t know when. The temperature is either too hot or too cold, everyday. and yet, there was this moment, just before the scene began when I realized there was no place else in the world I would rather be than in this rehearsal right now. the giving over of your ‘self’ to a greater purpose, to the creation of a living piece of art that will change everyone who sees it, the moment of realizing that there is something more to you than just your body, those are moments that can’t be exchanged for any amount of power or money. I do theater so I can be reminded of why I got into this business in the first place because Hollywood will try to tear that out of you. The business itself with the ‘short lists’ and exclusive agencies and status oriented hierarchy challenges you on a daily basis to remember who you are, what you love, and why you really got into acting in the first place. I desperately need to remind myself of that on a regular basis. Theater is the best place to get that reminder.
Do you ever find yourself in the biggest audition of your life? That’s a lot of pressure. a friend of mine was in that situation recently. She asked me if I had any advice. I did. Stay focused. The mind wants to go to a million different places when you’re sitting in the hot seat but there’s really only two distractions that stress you out;
1. There’s something you want to happen and you’re afraid it won’t.
2. There’s something you don’t want to happen and you’re afraid it will.
Let those thoughts go and focus on one thing. Focus on what you’re here to do. Focus on the moment. Focus on breathing slowly and evenly. Focus on the moment. It brings you back to what’s important. Focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t.Focus on the moment. If you can do that, when you enter the audition room you’ll be calmer, focused, determined and ready to let your light shine in spite of the pressure.