Ugh. Anxiety is the worst, especially when it gets in the way of pursuing your dream, or fully committing to it. We feel your pain as do countless other actors.
While anxiety can creep up on us in many different shapes and sizes for a variety of reasons, many actors have the most difficulty battling audition anxiety.
Let's take a minute to go over a few ways to help loosen anxiety's grip on you, so you can go back to kicking ass and taking names during your auditions...or at least help you not have a panic attack in the waiting room, and black out.
Social media can be a very powerful tool when it comes to defining your brand, networking with other industry professionals, and hate stalking your boyfriend's ex-girlfriend.
Unfortunately it can also work against you, and even cost you work! In the same way that Human Resource reps for corporate companies check out your social media before calling you in for an interview, or offering you a job, many casting directors are now doing the same. Let's face it, their butts are on the line when they call you in for a job, and they want to be able to make sure you aren't going to make them look bad if they vouch for you.
Here are a few quick and easy guidelines to stop you from self sabotaging via social media suicide:
One of the greatest moments in live television history took place during the MTV Video Music Awards when professional ex-girlfriend, Taylor Swift won the award for best music video. Kanye West, clearly overcome with feelings of solidarity toward the single ladies of America, hopped up on stage, grabbed the mic from an unsuspecting Swift, and proclaimed that Beyonce’s video was the best video of all time, and should have been the winner. Most of America, including our own president, thought this made Kanye West look like an arrogant jackass. And it did, because he is one. But that kind of self love, the idea that his own opinion was that important, is exactly what we love so much about him.
Now we’re not suggest you go grabbing mics out of people’s hands and interrupting them like some sort of drunken cousin at a wedding. But there are a few things you can learn from Kanye West.