Paying their dues: Teen audition tales

Young players talk about auditions and more that went poorly

Auditioning is hard enough for adults. For teens it can be downright nerve-racking. I remember one casting director for whom I could never get my lines right when I auditioned. All my words would come out in a big garbled mess — embarassing. Here are a handful of insights from other young performers that might make the process easier for others. — Compiled by Tanner Richie, “Nip/Tuck”

“When I was 8, I had my first audition. I had just gotten my new stage name and was practicing it repeatedly. I was so nervous! When I got into the room, I slated the wrong name. I had to talk with the casting director afterward and say, ‘Excuse me, but I forgot my name in the audition.'”
— Ashley Ann-Michaels, “The Next Movie”

“On the set one time, I had to dress up in a tiger suit and wear red blush on my cheeks. The suit was hot and I felt embarrassed to walk around anywhere!”
— Eric Don, “Akeelah and the Bee”

“I’ve learned that if I don’t get a part, it wasn’t meant to be. Maybe I wasn’t the right look or height; it’s nothing personal. I always remember that if I don’t book a part, something better is on its way.”
— Rebecca Knight, “The Bernie Mac Show”

“It is impossible for any audition to be a ‘failure.’ Looking past the end result of getting the job and just focusing on having fun with your work can make acting more rewarding than you could imagine.”
— Tyler Neitzel, “300”

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