Understand something: We cannot hire fear.
No matter how talented you are, fear is a killer. We hire confident professionals.
Relaxation is a key component in confidence, or at least looking confident! And confidence is directly related to relaxation. We’re looking for nice people who are easy to work with, and for that you have to be relaxed.
The more prepared you are, the more you trust your choices, the more you understand the audition process, the more you know what is expected of you when you walk into the room— The more relaxed you are going to be.
Going into the audition, your work should be the last thing you are worried about. This audition room should be the arena in which you do your best work and where you are most comfortable. Trust yourself and the work you've done ahead of time. you got this.
Look at Ricky Martin, LeBron, and Meryl Streep… They all know how good they are. They all perform in an arena within which they do their best work and where they are most comfortable— they all walk onto the stage, the court, or the set completely relaxed knowing that! Make sure you communicate that this arena is where you do your best work and you are most comfortable.
Relax and execute. Engage.
Tips to relax:
Emotional Preparation: Music can be used very effectively, not just to relax, but to prepare specifically from an emotional point of view. Be specific about the music you choose, put your headphones in and isolate yourself in a room full of people.
Vocalization: On the way to your audition, pick a song and sing it at the top of your lungs— a song you love— and stretch out your facial muscles. Don’t be afraid to look stupid.
Stretching: Stretch!!! Literally stretch. No athlete or dancer or performer walks onto the stage without being physically prepared.
Visualization: See yourself in the part— make movies in your head.
GET TO YOUR AUDITION EARLY. AVOID STRESS.
3 Steps to Increasing Your Odds
There are always going to be things in the audition process that are out of your control. For instance -- too tall, too short, too fat, too thin, too young, too old, too "ethnic", not "ethnic" enough, earthquakes, phones ringing, etc... You can only control what's under your control.
I wanted to give you a quick overview of the things that are within your control:
Look guys, in order to make this all work you need to bring what's special about you to the room.
There is nothing more special than you and your voice.