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Rejection Direction

Air Date: January 25, 2024

Rejection Direction

            Handling rejection is an essential aspect of an actor's journey, and it's something that every actor faces at some point. Moving forward in the right direction will make the difference when experiencing rejection. Here are eight strategies that actors use to cope with rejection, happening right now, on this episode of Casting Actors Cast


1. Develop Resilience: Rejection is a common part of the acting industry, and it's crucial to develop resilience. Understand that rejection does not define your talent or worth as an actor.


2. Learn from Feedback: If you receive feedback after an audition or casting, consider it as a valuable opportunity for growth. Use constructive criticism to improve your skills and performance.


3. Maintain a Positive Mindset: Focus on the positive aspects of your journey. Celebrate small successes and keep a positive mindset, even in the face of rejection. Remember that each audition is a chance to learn and improve.


4. Stay Persistent: Persistence is key in the acting industry. Keep auditioning, attending classes, and honing your craft. Many successful actors have faced numerous rejections before landing significant roles.


5. Build a Support System: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, and fellow actors who understand the challenges of the industry. Having a strong support system can provide encouragement during tough times.


6. Focus on the Process, Not Just the Outcome: Shift your focus from the end result to the process of auditioning and acting. Enjoy the journey and the experience of performing rather than solely focusing on getting a particular role.


7. Explore Other Creative Outlets: Engage in other creative pursuits to channel your energy and passion. This can help maintain your artistic spirit and provide a sense of fulfillment beyond acting.


8. Set Realistic Expectations: Understand that not every audition will result in a role, and not every role is the right fit for you. Setting realistic expectations can help manage disappointment.



Remember that rejection is a normal part of the acting profession, and each actor's journey is unique. Learning to handle rejection with grace and resilience is a skill that can contribute to long-term success in the industry. 

Jeffrey Dreisbach, Casting Partner, McCorkle Casting LTD-New York, NY

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