By- Brian Henninger
Hey all! I hope everyone had a great labor day here in the states, and a great rest of their summer both here and abroad. Hopefully you took some time off or atleast a few minutes over the holiday to enjoy the work you’ve put into your career thus far and truly enjoy where you are currently at before launching yourself further into your career this Fall!
I should start by confessing that their really is no actual or specific “Audition Season” In NYC and LA. Some may argue this, but i believe that their are several times during the year that the entertainment industry sees a lower amount of auditions and then their are also times where we see a big increase in auditions. Often an increase in auditions tends to be seen in the early fall, and also early in the new year from sept to march/april. So this blog should serve as a resource for any time of the year but i am writing it specifically here at the start of september 2013 to kick off the fall time of renewed focus and hopefully many great opportunities opening up for everyone!
1. Do a self assessment of where your at: This is important because to get where you want to go, and to keep making progress you need to know what the current benchmark is for you. This doesn’t mean to compare yourself to others and where they are. Thats a black hole of over thinking and jealousy that is a huge waste of time and energy. What it means is to simply check yourself against your standards, and goals about where you want to be in the next year- 2 years. Are you making measurable progress in that direction? What do you need to change or adjust in the areas of: Networking, Personal appearance, Training habits, Health (cross training, nutrition, body image, mental state), and goals? Clearly and as objectively as possible assess where you lie in comparison for your vision for yourself in the next year- 2 years, and adjust accordingly.
2. Get yourself prepared to always be prepared: Got those head shots printed? Got those resumes stapled to the back? If you got called on an audition right now, do you have something decent to through on in your bag? How about training: Feeling on your center, or do you need to get back in ballet? Do you feel sharp in your chosen style or styles? Ask yourself questions like this so you can get yourself as ready as possible so that when you get that last minute audition call, or gig you aren’t stressed and you can just relax and enjoy the experience while focusing on giving your best.
3. Do something to shake it up!: Every now and then we need some type of experience to shake us out of our every day grind of classes and auditions. Get together with some friends for a dinner, go see a movie, go hiking. Do something to get yourself out of the headspace of just focusing on dance. It sounds counterintuitive but it actually works in the opposite way. By giving your mind a conscious break from your normal thought patterns, you will come back to them focused and clear.
I hope these tips can help you hit the ground running this fall. I know I have some fun stuff up my sleeves and down the road for myself in my career, and its only because I try to stay focused, and clear about why i am doing this. Focus everyday on how much you love this. Be smart and know your worth as a professional. Be a professional in your interactions. Let your dancing and poise speak for itself. Good luck this fall dancers!
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