One of my friends wellitmademelaugh had a pretty awful night last night, so I drew him some gurrikos. Because I know he likes those. Unfortunately Marlon isn’t the best in the empathy department - good thing his little sister is!
Recently, I held auditions for a project. Someone asked me afterwards when the winners would be announced, and it caught me off guard, because I never think of getting a role as being a winner. To be clear, I’m not calling this person out in particular, because I realized that even if other people don’t say the word “winner,” this is a powerful mentality that I see a lot in auditions and acting. It’s also wrong.
So hey, let’s talk. Auditions are not a race. The person who gets cast is not the winner, the people who don’t get cast aren’t losers, and the job is not a trophy. It is a job. An audition is a job interview. And like any job interview, there are a whooole lot of factors that go into deciding who gets the job. You may be the fastest at this job, but the company might be needing someone meticulous right now to offset the fast employee they already have. Or maybe you’re not the most skilled, but your personality is really easy to get along with, and the company needs a team player.
The same is true of acting. The director already knows what he or she needs. You may be very good at what you do, but if it’s not what the director is looking for, you won’t get cast. Maybe your voice just doesn’t have the tonal quality the director had in mind. Maybe your acting style is too similar to someone else’s and that person’s already been cast as the lead. Maybe the director heard someone really great during the last round of auditions and wants to give this actor a chance now. It’s a lot more complex than pointing at one actor and going “this one.” Even the most prolific actor you can think of has had many more auditions than roles. You just don’t get to see all of those.
I love holding open auditions because I get to hear new talent, but I hate holding open auditions because that’s just even more talent I have to say “not this time” to. And for some people, especially people who have just started out, that’s pretty crushing. And I don’t like making people sad. But when I get 500 auditions, there are going to be 490 people I’m going to have to say “not this time” to. Because all that hard work you’ve been doing? Turns out 499 other people have also been working that hard, and they also want it just as much as you do.
In the end: Do everything within your power to make it impossible for the director to say no. Be a better actor. Then be better than that. And when you don’t get cast, then you know you did all you could, and that sometimes there are things that are out of your hands.
40 OCs… my mind blew a fuse at the thought of that. ¦D
Everyone looks great! It’s fun to see a variety of creative characters in one place.
Thank you for drawing me Kyler, especially considering you’ve been working really hard lately. It gives me enthusiasm for getting that first part of WYM on show. ^-^ Ahh he’s so huggable! I like the way you captured his face shape in this pic.
I have a bad habit of neglecting to draw my female characters, so here’s a bunch of them. These ones are part of the main characters from five different projects. A couple of them are still works in progress, design wise.
We’ve all got those shuddersome things we can’t believe our younger selves did with regards to art. Maybe you have an embarrassing self-insert stashed away somewhere. Or maybe you demanded too many picture requests off someone. One of my regretful confessions is deciding to rename a popular Nintendo character for one of my fanworks because I thought his official name ‘was silly’. I still frown disapprovingly at 15 year old me for that.
Anyone else got any tales of creative facepalmery to tell?