All The Reasons Why You Didn't Get The Part
You had an audition, and you know you nailed it…so why didn’t you get the part?
It happens to all of us actors; we leave an audition thinking we’ll absolutely be cast, only to face the reality that we didn’t book the role. Have you ever wondered why that is? Here’s a list I’ve made of 30 reasons why you didn’t get the part.
You weren’t prepared enough
You were too over the top
You weren’t a local hire
You reminded the casting director of someone they don’t like
You seemed like you wouldn’t work well on set
You hair is too long
Your hair is too short
Your hair is too curly
Your hair is too straight
You didn’t fit the role description
You’re too short
You’re too tall
Your outfit was distracting
They were looking for comedy, not drama
They were looking for drama, not comedy
You’re too fit
You’re too attractive
You didn’t have enough film credits
They really loved the person before you
Your eyes weren’t the color they wanted
You spoke too fast
You spoke too slow
You’re too young
You’re too old
The casting director was distracted during your audition
They cast the role before seeing your audition
You’re not ethnically ambiguous
You’re too ethnic
There’s a better role for you
Do You See Where This is Going?
As actors we have to get used to rejection. The truth is that there are countless reasons why you may not be cast for a role, and it could be as simple as your hair is too short. The only thing you can control is your preparation and energy when you enter the audition room or send that audition video.
Thus, it’s important to bring your best work in to the audition, and then let it go! Don’t simmer on thoughts of what you could’ve done differently. If you were well prepared and and made it through the audition, then you’ve done your job.
Never leave an audition assuming you’re going to get the role. You’ll set yourself up for disappointment. However, never leave an audition assuming you won’t get the role, because you never know what may happen. Just focus on the next big thing and keep your head up! You got this.