I know you’ve been there. Minding your own business when BANG! You’ve got an audition. Only instead of doing your happy dance, you’re doing your panic dance.
Your stomach starts turning, your throat is dry. You call your best friend, Nancy, for advice.
Be honest. Are you writing special skills on your resume that you don’t REALLY have, just to fill the white space? Or to make yourself feel more valuable to your agent?
If you answered yes to either, you’re playing a fool’s game, my friend. Your special skills section is not for “extra credit” – it has a purpose.
The Special Skills Section Serves a Purpose
When casting needs something specific that not everyone can do, they look at the special skills section of your resume. Your agent uses your special skills so she can quickly submit the right people for the job and look like a winner in casting’s eyes. That’s her job.
People are not judging your lack of special skills as a measure of your worth as a human – so stop “fluffing it up!”
If you don’t actually speak Spanish, then you are not QUALIFIED for this role. And if every time you actually get called to do it, you freak out in a panic about it, how is that serving you?
The same goes for guitar, or improv, or dancing.
It’s Not A Numbers Game
You’ve been told it’s a numbers game. It really isn’t. Not if your numbers are from auditions you were never qualified to attend in the first place.
Now you’re in a position to…
- Go in and do a mediocre job in front of casting. Wasting their time, your time, and the other actors’ time.
- Fake being sick to cancel the audition.
- Cancel the audition by telling your agent that you fibbed on your resume.
All awkward and unnecessary. Trust me, you don’t need auditions that bad!
That time spent driving across town could be spent working on that content you’re creating to attract the right auditions.
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