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The Psychology of Auditioning

Auditions are a necessary evil that all actors must go through. Unfortunately, they can really mess with your head. You must prepare, psych yourself up, try to forget about it when it's over, and then deal with the probable rejection. How can you go through this hundreds, if not thousands, of times and still have a healthy state of mind? Preparing Yourself for an AuditionThe best way to get ready mentally for an audition is to go in as prepared as possible. "Make a professional-level commitment to your craft," says Karen Kohlhaas, New York–based director, author, teacher, and co-founder of the Atlantic Theater Company. "Practice treating every audition, rehearsal, or scene you do for a class like it is a professional job. The more work you put in, the more you will feel you deserve to be there, and to be seen and heard by your auditors and audiences.

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