The season is upon us. Inevitably, there is bound to be rejection in this crazy process. Or else why did you subject yourself to the torture of applying and auditioning at 18+ schools?! No one in their right mind applies to the number that is necessary for Musical Theatre or Acting applicants unless they understand that there will be some rejection along the way.
As much as I remind students of this, or try to remind that in the end they can only go to one school, it is (completely understandably so) difficult to process while in the midst of it. And also: it's okay to be sad! It's okay to take a day and be completely bummed. I know I would.
So, I'd like to share my tried-and-true method of how to NAIL pre-screen/college audition rejection. If you are going to be rejected, do it like a pro, guys. Follow these steps and I promise you might feel just a teeny bit better the next day.
1. Upon rejection, immediately send a parent or friend to the grocery/convenience store.
2. Have said person purchase a tub of your favorite ice cream.
3. While they are purchasing ice cream, find a favorite sad movie that always produces tears.
4. Grab ice cream from your ice cream delivery angel, get to your favorite spot on the couch with spoon in hand and begin your cry/movie fest.
5. Snap a "Sad Selfie" with tears, ice cream and all. Send to your coach, mentor, best friend so they can be sad with you.
6. Go to bed. Tomorrow is a NEW DAY.
And then that's it. You've mourned the loss of that school and it's time to move on. THEIR LOSS. So much to look forward to - here we go!
I have a personal collection saved on my phone of "sad selfies" from students who are now completely THRIVING at the school they chose in the end. One day, when they are stars and living their dreams, I will send them their sad selfie and remind them of what it took to get where they are today.
Because that's what this career is all about, friends. It's a crazy, thrilling and devastating full circle filled with incredible highs and deep lows. Acknowledge and grieve the lows and celebrate the highs (that I promise) will come.
You are BRAVE for putting yourself out there and pursuing this career. Remind yourself of that every day over the next few months. And also figure out which ice cream flavor is your definitive favorite.
Bring it on, college auditions.
Founder of My College Audition
Chelsea is a graduate from Emerson College's Acting program and is the
Founder of My College Audition.
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