Sick While Auditioning

Don’t Cancel: Tips For Auditioning Sick

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking, and even more so when you’re not feeling well. Many people feel anxious about performing when they’re not feeling their best.

Auditioning can be nerve-wracking, and even more so when you’re not feeling well. Many people feel anxious about performing when they’re not feeling their best.

While it is understandable that an actor would want to audition when sick in order to not lose out on the opportunity, it is important to remember that auditioning while sick can be dangerous for both the actor and those around them. It is important to be mindful of your health and the health of those around you, and if you are feeling sick, to stay home and rest.

Uh-huh. Unless you’re on your deathbed, the chance of you actually doing that paragraph above is practically zero. Why? Because you could miss out on the role of a lifetime. Although it may be difficult, it is important to put on a brave face and give your best performance. Remember, the casting directors are looking for the best actor for the role, not the person who is feeling 100%.

Now, I’m not telling you to go out there and infect anyone. I’m sharing the two schools of thought. It’s up to YOU to make the decision.

Here are tips to help you through an audition when you’re sick:

1. Be honest with yourself and your casting director. If you’re not feeling well, let them know and ask if there is any way you can reschedule. They may be able to reschedule your audition, or at least have a plan in place for how to handle it if you do end up auditioning.

2. Know your limits. Don’t try to push yourself harder than you should. If you’re really not feeling well, it’s better to rest than to try and audition through the pain.

3. Arrive early and allow yourself plenty of time to warm up your voice and body. This is especially important if you’re not feeling well.

4. Be prepared. Make sure you have all of your materials ready to go before the audition starts. (You should do this whether you’re sick or not!)

5. If you do have to audition while sick, make sure that you are not too contagious. Stay away from other people as much as possible, and avoid coughing and sneezing in their direction. (How do you make sure you are not too contagious? Go to the doctor and ask them if you’re contagious! I know, you don’t have time to go to the doctor if you get sick right before your audition.)

6. Come prepared with an extra copy of your headshot and resume, just in case something happens to the ones you brought with you. (Of course, do this anyway. Duh.)

7. Have a water bottle, tissues and some cough drops on hand. Some people even carry tea bags with them because they can usually find a hot water dispenser.

8. Avoid shaking hands or touching your face.

9. Dress comfortably.

10. Sit down if you need to.

11. Consider wearing a mask to avoid spreading your illness to others.

12. Stay positive and focus on your goals.

13. Use your resources. There’s no shame in asking for help from friends or family members. If they’re able to come with you to the audition or run lines with you beforehand, that can be a huge help.

14. Ask for a video / Zoom audition instead. They may say yes, they may say no. You’ll never know if you don’t ask.

What is a good way to stay healthy while auditioning?

There are many ways to stay healthy while auditioning. It is important to maintain your energy level and focus during the process. Here are some tips:

1. Eat healthy foods. Avoid caffeine and sugary snacks, which can make you feel tired and jittery. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which provide vitamins and minerals that help keep you energized.

2. Get enough sleep. Most people need around eight hours of sleep per night. During busy times, it can be tough to get enough rest, but it is essential for your health and performance.

3. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body functioning at its best. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and headaches, so be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after your audition.

4. Exercise regularly. 

So let’s hear it readers! Should you, or should you not, audition when you’re sick? Tell us in the comments!

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