Rejection letters for auditions are pretty common in the acting world, and many actors have received their fair share of them over the years. However, there are plenty of rejection letters that don’t come from production companies or agents—sometimes you can get a rejection letter from an audition itself!
A lot of these audition rejections don’t come with explanations about why you didn’t get the part, so it can be confusing and disheartening to receive one without context. To help you deal with this, we’ve written up some tips on how to handle rejection letters you receive while auditioning.
#1 Realize It’s Normal
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- 0.0.2 #2 Consider This an Accomplishment
- 0.0.3 #3 Think About What You Could do Better Next Time
- 0.0.4 #4 Ask Yourself if There is a Reason Behind it
- 0.0.5 #5 Do Not be Discouraged by One or Two Rejections
- 0.0.6 #6 Learn From Other People Who Have Been Rejected Before
- 0.0.7 #7 Stay Positive and Keep Going!
- 0.0.8 Fact Check Policy
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No one is going to audition and never get a rejection letter. It’s just not going to happen. The thing is, as you start your journey as an actor, you’re bound to get rejected. The first thing you need to do when that happens is realized it’s normal.
#2 Consider This an Accomplishment
It can be incredibly frustrating and even hurtful when you get a rejection letter after going through the difficult process of auditioning. You might have put so much time and effort into trying out for the show that it feels like another failure.
But, it is important to remember that this does not necessarily mean you won’t book something in the future, or that your work was bad. When you get these letters, don’t beat yourself up about what could have been- just try your best and move on with your life.
#3 Think About What You Could do Better Next Time
Find a more suitable audition that suits your skills. Understand the rejection letter as a no thank you rather than a never going to happen. Consider writing a letter thanking them for considering you, but wish them luck in their future endeavours.
Keep this in mind when pursuing other auditions. You may also want to contact them about yourself and/or ask why they didn’t choose you. Understanding their decision-making process will give you insight into what will be best for you in the future.
#4 Ask Yourself if There is a Reason Behind it
If there is a reason behind the rejection letter, figure out what you can do differently next time. Maybe your body doesn’t match the style of dance that the company is looking for or you can’t make all of their dates. It’s okay to be disappointed, but don’t take it personally.
If there are no reasons offered in the letter and you think they might be avoiding letting you know something because they want to sound nice, send them an email with some questions.
#5 Do Not be Discouraged by One or Two Rejections
Don’t be discouraged if your first audition is rejected. One or two rejections aren’t the end of the world, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t get in at all. When you do receive a rejection letter, there are a few ways you can react to make sure you have the right mindset going into your next audition.
#6 Learn From Other People Who Have Been Rejected Before
Sometimes it’s hard to find the right words when you’re rejected, so here are some of the best responses we’ve found:
I’m sorry your audition didn’t work out but thank you so much for coming. Thank you so much for your interest in this role. While I would have loved to offer it to you myself, my casting team has their own ideas and they think.
#7 Stay Positive and Keep Going!
1. Don’t focus on the reason. Just because you didn’t get cast in a play doesn’t mean you’re not good enough. Focus on what went wrong and see if you can fix it or learn from it in the future. It’s just an audition after all!
2. You might not have been right for the role at that time, but there’s always another one coming up! All actors have a fear of getting rejected but there are also many auditions out there waiting for you! Remember, this is your dream!
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