It is not new information that acting can be a challenge, no matter what age you are. Probably the hardest part of being an actor is dealing with rejection after working hard to audition for a role. You can show up prepared and motivated with your lines memorized by heart and still end up not getting the part. But as everything else is in life, nothing good ever comes easy.
When it comes to child actors, however, might not take rejection in stride as most adults do. It takes parental advise or anyone seasoned in the business to show them that it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t make it after an audition. As an adult, you take full responsibility of informing them that, so explore the different essential and helpful tips when it comes to helping a budding child actor deal with rejection in the industry.
1. Praise them for trying
Child actors have to know that no amount of effort goes unnoticed. They’ve done their best and there will always be a next time. Don’t ever think about criticizing them for not trying hard because at that age, any form of negativity is a thumbs down because children at that age don’t take them too lightly. Besides, let kids be kids! Praise them for trying and point out other opportunities. Your aim here is to motivate them not to bring them down. It is also recommended that you give them rewards for auditioning, a simple trip to the ice cream parlor or to see their favorite movie will do.
2. Explain the odds of being casted
The odds of getting a part are basically 1 in a 100, or it just really depends on how many people are auditioning for the role too. Letting your child actor know that he isn’t the only one who didn’t get the part will make him feel better about himself. It isn’t the fact that he shares his failure with the majority that will reassure him to try again, it’s the fact that he will be knowledgeable on how the business works.
3. Remind them that auditioning isn’t always about getting the part
Auditions are about getting the opportunity to act, with booking the role as an award for it. Remind your child actor that an auditions is still classified as acting as you have an audience in the form of casting directors and a stage to showcase your skills. Also, you need to inform them that auditions are recorded and may be a perfect opportunity to archive their talents for future use.
4. Explain how casting really works
As an adult, you need to be responsible enough to tell the child actor how an audition works and refrain from sugarcoating any information. If you use flowery words so much, they’d have a misconception about the acting industry and end up having even more difficulty in dealing with rejection.
So break into them gently and honestly by saying that auditions aren’t all about who acts the best, but other factors can contribute into it too. A good example of which is the physical appearance of the character. The casting team may have a different look in mind when it comes to choosing the person perfect for the role, and that can be subject to change anytime. For example, the team may have specified a boy for the role but upon meeting a female actress who can fit the part better then the criteria will automatically be rewritten.
5. Tell them to continue to have fun with it
In all cases, the best way to deal with rejection is to laugh it off. If a child actor is dealing with a continuous string of rejection, his ego and confidence will take a direct hit. So you need to be ready to pick him back up and place him back on track if the child is still determined to do so. If they give you phrases like “I give up” or “I keep trying and failing”, shoot them back with encouraging words in return. Assure the child actor that acting is a fun profession to keep them motivated in pursuing their goal. Let them vent out their frustrations as children do have problems in containing them at a young age. Learn that what they’re feeling is understandable and make sure to be vocal about your support.