Matchmaker Musings

Audition advice to be taken with many grains of salt. Everybody's got an opinion. Season to taste. ;)

5 Things to Get "In Shape" this Summer that Aren't Your Body

Jun 03, 2019

Ready for the Audition Rep Matchmaker’s patented one-step process to attaining a beach body?!?!

Step 1.  Take your body to the beach.

There is no step 2.

Boom.

Beach body attained.

Now, I know this is not new information. Memes with this very message abound across the internet.

However, given the HUNDREDS of messages we receive each day that our bodies are not acceptable as they are, I think it bears repeating.

ESPECIALLY this time of year.

‘Tis the season of street harassment and body shaming, when temperatures rise as self-esteem falls!

Plus, if you’re like me, as audition season grinds to a halt if you’re probably antsy for a new project.

Something you can control and fix.

How about your body?!

That seems like a good place to direct all your frustration and anxiety!!!!

Right?!?!

…right?

In my experience, this does not make for the most enjoyable or productive summer…

Here are five gentle suggestions of things other than your body...

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20 "Inspirational" Audition Quotes That Are Entirely Too Real

Feb 18, 2019

Audition season can be tough.

Sometimes you just need a meme-able burst of inspiration to keep pounding the pavement in those tattered LaDucas!

So these are for you, all my Broadway dreamers!!! 

WE GOT THIS!!!!!!!!

1. Not to get biblical right away, but these first two quotes always remind me of Matthew 7:7. "Ask, and it shall be given to you..."

“They’re asking for a STRICT 16.” -The Monitor www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

2. "Seek, and ye shall find." 

“Where’s the end of the line?” -EPA latecomer www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

3. So, go ahead and ask for what you need!

“Is there any way someone could switch to a later number? I have babysitting at 3. I’d seriously be sooooooo grateful.” -#137 at the ECC www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

4. A reminder that the answer you're looking for may be right in front of you.

“I mean, technically it’s 24 bars, but it really moves!” -Person in front of you at the ECC www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

5. Or it could come from the most unlikely place!

“What’s this line for? The new iPhone?” -8th Ave Pedestrian www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

6. So, don't be afraid to put yourself out there to the community.

“Can we all just agree not to start the list before 5am?” SN: WishfulThinker93 www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

7. And never hesitate to look to your elders for wisdom.

“How are tryouts going?” -Dad www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

8. They challenge us to ask the important questions.

“Did you hear back from that place you had the callback?!” -Mom www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

9. This quote gets misattributed a lot, but I believe it was either Uta Hagen or Ben Franklin who said it first.

“They’d like me to emphasize ‘No Musical Theatre’.” -The Monitor www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

10. For when you need to really OWN it.

“BBrrrrbBBBBRRBBBR! Thaaaaat’s mine.” -Woman Warming up in Changing Room www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

11. When you need a reminder that sometimes, it's okay to say "No."

“They will NOT be accepting drop-offs.” - The Monitor www.auditionrepmatchmaker.com

12. Because self-care is...

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Boost Your Productivity in 5 Minutes with this Actor Hack

Dec 17, 2018

I don't know about you, but as the days get shorter and colder I am STRUGGLING with motivation. 

I look at my to-do list in the morning and the temptation to open a new browser and watch a YouTube video or two (or five) is great. 

I put off the thing I need to do, I berate myself for putting it off, make myself a cup of coffee, I check my Instagram, berate myself some more, and then before I know it it's noon. 

But here's the wild thing:

Once I'm doing the activity I'm supposed to be doing, it's not that hard. 

I rarely find myself ten minutes into a yoga class saying to myself, "Why am I doing this?! This is soooo haaaaaarrrrrd."

(Note: I don't do hot yoga. That could very well be a different story...)

But truth be told, I have this experience with 99% of the activities I put off doing.  

The activity itself isn't painful—Getting started is. 

That's where the five minute rule can help us!

Last week I did an...

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What Acting School Taught Me About Handling Difficult Transitions

Nov 16, 2018

I woke up feeling a little weird this morning.

Not terrible—just oddly uninspired and unmotivated.

I did NOT feel like writing a blog post.

(This, unfortunately, is usually a pretty good sign there’s something on my mind that I should write a blog about.)

That’s why I’m in your feed today.

To talk about transitions.

Fall is hands down my favorite season. (The sweaters, the tea, the crunchy leaves, what’s not to like?!?!)

But, like many people, the stark shift from summer to winter can leave me feeling unmoored. My schedule has changed, but I haven’t yet fallen into the daily and weekly routines that ground me and make me feel like a person.  Auditions have started to pick up, but we’re not in the reliable chaos of winter audition season yet.

In short, we’re in between.

And if you’ve ever taken a song interpretation class, you know that “in between” is one of the most difficult and crucially important...

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Perfectionism is Ruining Your Acting Career

Oct 18, 2018

Hi.

My name is Sara, and I'm a recovering perfectionist. It's been about 33 minutes since my last nit-pick.

Sound familiar? Welcome to Perfectionists Anonymous.

I used to wear my perfectionism like a badge of honor. Perfectionism meant I was prepared. I was diligent. I was SERIOUS about my craft. I thought it made me competitive.

In reality, perfectionism was killing my career.

Perfectionism is the voice that advises, "You should really wait until you have a solid double before you take class at BDC."

It protectively whispers, "Once you lose ten pounds, you'll be ready to pursue representation."

It sagely warns, "If you go out for that show, they might call you back to dance. You're not ready for that. It's probably safer to stay home."

Perfectionism is NOT your friend.

Perfectionism is a toxic boyfriend that says, "I love you, babe. But no one else will. Stay home with me."

Perfectionism may feel safe and familiar, but in an industry that values vulnerability and risk, it is...

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Holding Room Hacks: How to Keep Your Cool and Not be a Jerk

Oct 14, 2018

Alright, folks.

I know we spend a lot of time talking about how to be our best selves in the audition room, but I think it’s time we back it up a step and talk about…

The Holding Room.

Allow me to take you there.

The room is small and windowless.

The fluorescent lights perfectly highlight the girl in the center of the room casually stretching her center split… at a singer’s call.

The air is perfumed with the smells of sweat, burning hair, and—wait is that actual perfume? Who is wearing all that perfume right now?!?

You close your eyes and take in the sweet sounds of nature:

  • The man furiously muttering his monologue to himself
  • The belter “That’s Mine, THAAAAAAT’S MINE”-ing to the heavens
  • The gaggle of recent college grads loudly discussing the callbacks they have this week and the fact that they heard this show is already cast

Just when you think you can take no more, another sound pricks your ears…

The monitor is...

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5 Tips Your Audition Reader DESPERATELY Wants You to Know

Jul 23, 2018

Guys…I gotta tell you about last week. I had my first stint as an audition reader, and honestly, it kind of blew my mind. I highly encourage you to find a way to do it sometime because it is an EDUCATION. I could probably write about 5 separate blog posts about what I experienced, but I’m short on time so I’m going to distill it into the the 5 lessons that hit me the hardest.

1. ANSWER THE QUESTION YOU’RE ASKED.  NOT THE QUESTION YOU THINK THEY MEANT TO ASK.

I know—when you’ve got that adrenaline pumping it can be really hard to take a breath and listen. But fight the urge to game out why the creative team is asking you a question and just answer the question.  Almost every person who got asked, “What else is in your book?” provided one option.  They answered, “I have song A? That’s contemporary. Does that work?” The CD would cheerfully repeat, “What else is in your...

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How to Kick the Post Closing Blues

Apr 24, 2018

Hey friend,

I’m going to level with you. I’ve been having a weird week.  I’ve been having trouble sleeping, my focus has been scattered, and I’ve been interpreting interpersonal interactions less than generously.

(What does that text mean?! DOES SHE HATE ME NOW?!?!)

…You get it.

Nooooooot my best self.

And until this morning I couldn’t figure out what was going on.

Then it hit me…

The Post-Closing Blues. 

I closed “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Friday and like clockwork come Saturday morning I had that creeping “you’re-never-going-to-work-again” anxiety.

So what do we do to combat the post-closing blues?

Here’s my checklist:

STEP 1. DO THE THINGS THAT MAKE ANY HUMAN FEEL BETTER.

I know these may seem painfully obvious, but when we’re spinning out sometimes we needed to be reminded about the very basic things that make all human beings feel marginally...

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How to Overcome Audition Fatigue and Prevent Actor Burnout

Apr 17, 2018

I gotta be honest with you, I am TIRED.

Audition Season seems to get longer every year and I’m seeing burnout in every holding room I walk into these days.

I’m seeing dancers reach into their bags at ECCs and pull out one character shoe and one tap shoe.

It’s not a good look. (Or sound.)

But here’s the thing…

Have you ever decided to take a little brain break in May only to wake up in September realizing you’ve achieved none of your artistic goals? 

It’s like deciding you’re going to take a midday nap and sleeping through the night and into the the next day…For four months straight.

Instead of sleeping away your summer, follow these basic guidelines to make sure you’re resting and not slacking.

1. SET A TIME LIMIT

Don’t want to oversleep? Set an alarm!

I know it seems simple, but as actor/entrepreneurs we don’t always have the luxury of a set schedule.

If you worked a basic 9-5 job, you might know that...

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Multitasking is Not the Answer: Productivity Hacks for Busy Actors

Nov 16, 2016

It’s time for me to come clean.

The rumors you’ve heard are true.

I am a double dipper.

Now before you uninvite me to your birthday party, let me explain.

I am not some kind of monster who returns a tortilla chip into the communal salsa after taking a bite. The double dipping I’m referring to is in regards to my time-management style.

Hip millennial that I am, I spent most of my weekend arranging Post-it notes around my room in a series of goal setting exercises. I set up a giant makeshift calendar on the floor so I could set about the task of scheduling my weekly routine. (You can tell I’m quite a hit at parties.)

It’s a back-to-school ritual of mine that has stayed with me long after graduation day.  The problem I was trying to solve this year was the same one I’ve been dealing with most of my adult life:

There aren’t enough hours in the day.

It’s a platitude that used to drive me crazy. Over the years I’ve dealt with...

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