If you haven't gathered yet, I'm a clearly a theatre nerd (and proud!), as I'm still obsessing over the Tonys three days later.
And the way my brain works, I always I'm thinking about how my obsessions can help YOU give more brilliant auditions with the results you want.
And sometimes my insights only occur AFTER the winners are announced, like now. So here's what I've got for you today:
Whether it’s a part or a Tony, it’s all in the timing.
If Hamilton didn’t open in the 2015/2016 season, Waitress would have won a SLEW of awards, including Best Musical.
Same with Dear Evan Hansen and The Great Comet.
Stephanie J. Block was nominated twice before she was nominated and won for The Cher Show.
In my opinion, she should have been nominated for far more Tonys than just three.
She definitely should have been nominated for Liza in Boy from Oz and Grace in Pirate Queen.
Heck, some people don’t know this but she was the original Elphaba in the workshops of WIcked but they wanted to go with more of a name when it went to Broadway (enter Idina Menzel).
If she had played that, she would have gotten her first Tony WIN fifteen years ago.
But it wasn’t the right timing.
Kelli O’Hara was nominated for FIVE Tonys before she won for Anna in the King and I.
Danny Burstein has been nominated for SIX Tonys and has never won one!
It’s all in the timing.
Just like with auditioning.
Sometimes you’ll get the part, which really only means you were the best person out of those available and auditioning.
(I don’t mean for this to sound harsh, but go with me on this…)
Someone else could have auditioned and they could have been more right for the role.
They just didn't show up that day.
It’s a simple as that.
It doesn’t mean that you are brilliant and talented and gave a great audition.
...If you work with me, you probably knocked it out of the park :)
But we can’t control who auditions.
The takeaway is to focus on what we CAN control in the audition situation:
Our song choice, our skill, our preparation, our behavior, our ability to retain and pick up choreography fast, etc.
And we let go of what we can’t control.
Fly, my pretty!
So if you care to find me, look to the western skies,
PS If you love performing but hate auditioning, you probably don't believe me when I tell you I can get you to LOVE auditioning. Let's talk.