I had a rush audition this week. It also happened to be one of my best auditions. Coincidence? I think not!
At 4:00pm I was told I had an appointment to make by 5:45pm. The appointment was in Los Feliz, I was in Beverly Hills. It was rush hour. Angelenos will certainly understand the “rush” aspect. I was also headshot-less (stupid, stupid, stupid!) and wearing the dingiest work clothes you can imagine. There was no thought of not going, though, because this was one of the most important auditions of my career. I had been working at it for months. I jumped out of my seat and HIT THE ROAD!
There was no time to think, and that was a blessing. I was so focused on weaving through traffic, printing my resume, getting my hair did, and switching shifts at my side job that I didn’t have time to worry. (Those that know me, know that I like to worry, its in my nature.) All I had time to tell myself was “Julian, you are professional. You’ve been working hard for this. JUST DO IT.” I got to that office, got 15 solid minutes with my material, went in there and nailed it.
If I had received the audition notice two days prior, I would’ve had 48 hours to worry about my clothes, my hair, my voice, my complexion, how I might be percieved… but I didn’t, and for that I am grateful because I learned a solid lesson: JUST DO IT.
Whether one know’s an hour in advance or a year in advance, its important to remember that an audition is about bringing yourself, showing them what you can do, and being a professional. Its not about how you “come off” or even whether you book the job. Its about booking that room and making the casting director a fan for life.
I’ve realized Just Do It can be applied many ways. I also had an opportunity to take new headshots this week but I only got two days to decide. In the past I’ve spent 3 months deciding. Well, I Just Did It and I am VERY happy with results. Check out Stephanie Girard Photography (http://www.stephgirardheadshots.com/) if you get the chance. She is A-Mah-Zing.
We can waste so much time in worry, but when you let go and TRUST it is a truly uplifting experience and life is more FUN! Don’t hold back, Just Do It.
Julian “Just Do It” Conrad