6 tips to manage stress before a casting
Just managed to land a casting? Whether it's your first or your hundredth, you'll naturally feel a bit stressed come D day. Here are our tips and tricks to keep things under control.
Whilst good stress will increase your adrenalin and ensure you give of your very best during your audition, bad stress risks causing you to lose all of your faculties. Give yourself the best chance by following these pieces of advice:
1- Prepare in advance
The night before, put all of the documents you'll need in your bag. And of course, don't forget your book! Check your route before getting in the car or on public transport. Leave in plenty of time to reduce the chances of any problems en route.
2- Let off steam
If you get the chance, why not engage in a bit of sport before your audition? The endorphins released will make you feel better. Find an activity that lets you clear your head and makes you feel confident.
3 - Eat healthily
Your stomach might be in knots. However, it's not a good idea to go to your audition on an empty stomach. Making sure you're full of energy can only be an advantage.
4 - Rehearse
Imagine in advance the questions that the casting directors might ask you. Preparing some responses should also reassure you. Be careful not to learn your text by heart though, as this can give a bad impression.
5 - Breathe
Breathing properly also reduces stress. Breathing from the abdomen makes you relax. Take a deep breath, inflating your stomach, and then exhale very slowly through the nose or mouth.
6 - Keep things in perspective
If you tell yourself: "it will be a disaster if I fail this casting", you won't be in the right frame of mind to succeed. So, tell yourself "it would be great if I get through, but if I don't there will be others". Don't dramatise things and think positively. These are the keys to success.