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Actor Sean Dube: “Not getting the job is normal, just keep showing up and doing your best work”

Not getting the job is normal. We go on lots of auditions and most of the time you will not book it for reasons that will never be known. Just keep showing up and doing your best work and eventually someone will say yes and give you the opportunity to showcase it.

  1. Being yourself means not filtering your feelings to match what you think is expected of you. It took me a while to learn what “be yourself” meant to me. It helped me to slow down, open up, and stop judging what I am feeling. The world is a much richer place when you allow yourself to truly experience it.
  2. Stay Focused. It is really easy to lose sight of what you want to accomplish. Set a goal that is ten years out and work backwards. What do you need to do today to take steps in that direction? Who do you need to know? You can create a game plan for yourself and then trust that every decision you make is setting you on that path.
  3. You are enough. Acting isn’t so much about putting things on as it is taking things away. You want to expose the raw part of yourself. When you start working that way it is scary not just because you are feeling it for real, but because it is your expression the character is using. You feel these feelings all the time, so it seems to you that no one else would care. That’s simply not the case.
  4. Auditioning is about doing a job and not getting a job. You are being brought in to provide your take on the character and tell the story that you want to see. Sometimes that means you get to go deeper and keep doing it. Most times it means you get to perform it once.
  5. Not getting the job is normal. We go on lots of auditions and most of the time you will not book it for reasons that will never be known. Just keep showing up and doing your best work and eventually someone will say yes and give you the opportunity to showcase it.

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