How Not to Land a Part

There are lots of ways to get a part. There are lots of ways to not get a part. You have to learn both of those if you actually want to get a part in time. For one thing, you have to check as many listings as possible in order to get a part, or you’re going to miss out on a lot of great opportunities to get an audition. You have to make sure that you’re going to be able to give yourself as many chances to succeed as possible, and that is really going to be difficult for a lot of people. If you can do that, though, you’ve already helped to give yourself a huge step forward.

You don’t want to pester the casting director or anyone else like that, for one thing. I’ve been tempted to do that, but unless you’re already connected to the casting director, that really isn’t going to work for you. You need to have a lot of connections in order to get ahead in acting and theater easily, and if you don’t, you’re just going to have to work a lot harder. That’s what I have to do and that’s what everyone has to do at that point. You gain the connections later. You can’t force them.

You also have to make sure that you land a part in the right place at the right time. There are lots of phony places for an audition today. You have to check up on all of the places for an audition to make sure that the audition is actually real. If you’re anything like me, you hate to consider the possibility that someone is laying and there’s part of you that wishes everything were as straightforward as it is in other areas of life. You can’t trust that calling for an audition is going to be a straightforward exercise, though, because that’s not going to be true in many cases.

Life Goals

I study acting and live in Los Angeles because it is the west coast center of the entertainment world. It is the place to encounter opportunities and I also love being around others seeking acting parts. We form an unspoken group—and a rather large one—that embraces movies and the theater of any kind. This doesn’t mean that this is the only place on earth for would-be actors. You can life in London or New York. There is a colony of us in all these metropolitan places. You hope to be exposed to talent scouts or the right people who will spread the word. You have your hopes and dreams that keep you moving on. I am young and have time to develop my skills. I will get as much out of Los Angeles (aka Hollywood) before moving on to see what other locations bring. I have the biggest fantasy about appearing on Broadway, even the smallest acting part. Newbies have been known to succeed so you can’t give up.

The energy and excitement of New York is incomparable. It is like no other city on earth. The climate and life style are different and if you are from Los Angeles, it takes some adaptation, which is not my strong suit. I often find that change brings problems and assorted issues, so I have to learn to cope. If I think about New York this far in advance, perhaps it will be easier when the time comes. I will have thought it through and imagined the best and the worst. I am a little reticent about public transportation, for example, and finding myself in a crowded subway or bus. I almost feel I can’t breathe when this happens. I would have to avoid both during peak rush hours. I can do that most of the time. I would miss my car and the independence it brings me in Los Angeles.

Because the city is so expensive, you don’t get much for your rental money. You usually can only afford a studio apartment or if you want to have more space, you can share with another fellow traveler in the acting field. I have heard that three or four people sometimes live in a one bedroom space. I am told that Brooklyn is cheaper even though it is farther than I want to be from Broadway. I want to live and breathe the theatrical air. I want to walk the streets and absorb the local culture. But I am also told that Brooklyn can offer you homes with a nice wood stove and a little yard for the same money for a Manhattan studio apartment.

That would add charm to the abode and encourage me to reside across the bridge. If I do get to move to New York, this will be a big consideration. I love the idea of a roaring fire in winter. It adds warmth and atmosphere to your home.