About Your TV Reality Show Audition? Learn Five Stress-Busting Tips
You Can Use Right Away To Get In The Zone.
You are about to audition and
compete for a spot on a reality TV show, but you have severe doubts,
concerns and downright nerves about performing. That's what I want
to help you with. This article gives you five stress-busting tips
to help you banish the nerves and get the zone to show up more often
in your audition.
Nervous About Your TV Reality Show Audition?
Learn Five Stress-Busting Tips You Can Use Right
Away To Get In The Zone
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
You are about to do one of the most exciting things
you've ever done. Millions of people would love to trade places
with you. They all envy you. So why are you so nervous?
Yes, you are about to audition and compete for a spot on a reality
TV show, but you have severe doubts, concerns and downright nerves
about performing. You may even wonder how something so good can
create so much nervous energy. You may be thinking, "What am I doing?
This is crazy. Why do I put myself through this? I wonder if I can
get out of this? But you also know, from previous performances,
that often, once you are in the performance, and you begin to flow,
you think, "I wish this would never end!" That's what I want to
help you with. You CAN banish the nerves and get the zone to show
up more often. You just need a system for preparing for the TV reality
I am able to help actors do well under pressure partly because of
my background and training as a mental game coach. But I also have
felt the pressure of being on camera myself, and of having to come
through in front of a TV Director, full crew and other observers.
I created and sold three reality TV show pilots to Hollywood, and
produced, wrote and hosted these pilots. So I know what you are
Learn more about my TV reality show pilots at MentalGameTVShow.com
Here are my five quick tips for handling actor's anxiety.
- Reframe The Nerves You Feel: The tingling and higher
energy you interpret as nerves creates the "rush" you can get
during a great performance. Rename this physical, mental and emotional
vortex into a useable energy, called "adrenalin", "passion", "excitement"
or "activation to perform". Then go use that positive energy.
- Have A Mental Readiness Routine: To give a great performance
you need to move from your "normal school-home-work world" to
your special "performer's world". To do that, you need a transition
system to get into the right frame of mind. Try using music, meditation,
relaxation, a long walk, or anything that helps you focus down
to what you will do in your performance.
- Make Breathing Your Best Friend: You cannot be a consistent
performer unless you understand and utilize your breath properly
and regularly. Learn how to focus on your breath to bring you
into the now, how to use your breath to calm down, and how to
use it to amp up when you feel flat energy.
- Center Yourself In The Moment: Nervousness comes from
negative anticipation of a future disastrous event. You imagine
yourself messing up, and embarrassing yourself. Instead, ground
yourself in the moment by relaxing, breathing, sensing your muscles
and being in the now.
- Get The Bigger Picture: Realize you are not alone with
actor's nerves. Many, many famous celebrities are well known for
having stage fright, yet moving past it every time they perform.
Look at these names and realize that stage fright is not a career-ending
malady. Johnny Depp, John Lennon, Kim Bassinger, Hugh Grant, Tom
Hanks, Brad Pitt, Carrie Underwood, Courteney Cox-Arquette, David
Letterman, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Kevin Costner, Michelle
Pfeiffer, Nicole Kidman, Rene Russo, Richard Gere, Robert De Niro,
Tom Cruise, and Britney Spears have all been known to suffer from
extreme shyness and/or stage fright.
Now you have a bigger picture about stage fright,
and I hope you feel better about it. Now you know that there are
ways to prepare for TV reality show auditions so you can control
stage fright and give very good performances. Good luck in your
next audition! I want to see you on TV very soon.
Copyright © 2011-
Bill Cole, MS, MA. All rights reserved.
Bill Cole, MS, MA, a leading authority
on peak performance, mental toughness and coaching, is founder and
CEO of William B. Cole Consultants, a consulting firm that helps
organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
a free, extensive article archive, or for questions and comments
visit him at www.MentalGameCoach.com.
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