Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Mental Game continued......

So, to the third part of our Mental Game discussion.......

C. The "aftermath" - how do you deal with those feelings that occur, both good and bad, after an audition, and how do use this to build an even stronger platform for the next audition and the performances that may follow.

In some ways, this is a culmination, or summation of the first two. In any case, when you get done auditioning, assess how you feel - euphoric? Just ok? miserable? Right off the bat, own whatever feelings you may have, and know they are ok. Once you've done that, then realize that anyone of those feelings may be an accurate appraisal of how you think you did, but not how they think you did. And of course, there is all sorts of evidence to support this paradox. A seemingly lousy audition leads to a job or the best audition one has ever done leads nowhere! Since this is a reality, it leads me back to one of my original points - only worry about your assessment of how you did, and let the rest take care of itself. If you don't do that, you may miss the opportunity to grow each time you audition.
Go through your own personal checklist of how you did, and then give yourself a personal report card. You will find that this increased self awareness lets you keep your positive energy moving forward. The jobs will come as they may, and again, remember - the "results" (you getting hired or not) many times have nothing to do with how you sang anyway, so don't let that dictate how you feel about it!
I hope my own "mental" scenario for auditioning has been some help, and as I said, I would love to hear what some of you may do in this regard.

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