I keep auditioning for stuff — commercial jobs, local stuff, musical theater roles, even catalog modeling — and haven’t booked a single job or landed any roles. I’m so discouraged. What do I do? When do I just give up?
First things first: The dance industry is no joke. Whether you want to be a principal ballerina in a major company (or even in the corps de ballet) or you’re gunning for ensemble roles in local theater productions, you have to have heart, grit, an unparalleled work ethic, and of course, loads of talent.
With that, it’s time for some tough love.
If you’re wondering when to “give up,” the time is now. Because the thing about being a professional dancer is that you have to want it and fight for it every single day. You can’t question why you’re in it. You have to love it and commit to it.
But we get feeling discouraged — and so do lots of professional dancers, who were all rejected countless times along their ways to fame. It’s easy to look at big name dancers and think, “Wow, they’re so lucky, they have it all going for them.” But for every job a dancer has booked, there have been dozens of rejections along the way.
We don’t want you to give up, though! Instead, here’s some advice on how to make your dance dreams come true.
- Make sure your training is ramped up. You should be taking as many classes as humanly possible. And with each class, make a connection, either with a fellow dancer, the teacher, an assistant, or the studio owner. Talk to everyone.
- Follow up after every audition. It’s OK to ask why you didn’t get the job. Say you’d like to improve and would love any feedback about how to ace your next audition.
- Remember, confidence is key. If you don’t believe in yourself, neither will the casting team.
Now take some deep breaths, and get back out there!