Dealing with Disappointment


Don’t take it personally. By nature of the audition process, many talents will try out for a role but only one will receive it. To help children deal with the inevitable disappointment that comes when they don’t land a role, Rofé teaches her students that casting is “nothing personal.” A talent may nail an audition and still not receive the role simply because the director has a different look in mind for the part, for instance.

Poon says the word she and her husband use is “preference.” “It’s not about talent, it’s just the director’s preference. After you’ve done it enough, you know it’s not personal,” she says.

“You’ll never know why you don’t get the part,” . “They may have given it to an eighth-grader who’s graduating or maybe the role just wasn’t right for you—you never know. But every audition should be a win-win situation. If talents are confident and prepared, they’ll impress the director and they’re bound to get another role down the road.

It’s okay to be nervous. In fact, it’s a good thing. “You need that adrenaline to run a marathon, why wouldn’t you need it in an audition? Take that nervous energy and turn it into good energy,”

Keep calm

Prepare the right materials

Be willing to try new things, have fun