Hey Kirk, a fan of what you are doing here. Here’s one I think is pertinent to the community: How do you deal with rejection, being cut, not getting on a team or in a class in this community? Often times with auditioning for scripted stuff, I have the mentality of “Well at least they don’t know me” or “I’m not what they’re looking for” and can let it go. But when the people around you deciding are your teachers and friends it can be more challenging to face. Any advice?
Thanks for being a fan and writing in!
Neil Gaiman’s advice might also help: 1) Swear. 2) Shrug. 3) Write the next thing.
Rejection always sucks. The thing to remember is that it’s not personal… even when you know the people involved.
Improv is this weird group effort, and they’re looking for several pieces of a puzzle that appear to fit properly at that moment in time. Even if they know you, sometimes you aren’t the person in the ensemble that they need. Sometimes they’re right. Sometimes they’re wrong.
It’s a crazy difficult task. Something that might help is looking at things from the decision-makers’ point of view. After talking to one of them after recent auditions, he admitted it was incredibly difficult - basically, everyone was really good, and they’re all friends and students of his, and it’s difficult to have to reject so many people who are still really good, it’s just that some others had an extra little oomph.
Feeling empathic and understanding where they’re coming from helped me out; it might do the same for you.
Either way, any rejection doesn’t end your journey. Keep on truckin’ and make the next thing.
Got your back.