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How To Handle Rejection


  “As actors, we have to deal with rejection so much more than any other business. So I don’t care how much of a genius you are, if you don’t have the propensity to be able to get back up every time you get knocked down, then you’re not going to survive.” — Ryan Kwanten […]

 

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“As actors, we have to deal with rejection so much more than any other business. So I don’t care how much of a genius you are, if you don’t have the propensity to be able to get back up every time you get knocked down, then you’re not going to survive.” — Ryan Kwanten

If you looked in the manual for “How to Become an Actor”, being able to handle rejection would probably be somewhere on the first page. Being an actor, or trying to become an actor is going to require you to face rejection dead in the face on a regular basis. Rejection just comes with the territory of wanting to be an actor. The only thing you can control is how you handle it, how you move on from it and take it with a grain of salt, without a damaged psyche and dwindling self-confidence.

So what are some of the steps in ensuing damaged control and making sure rejection doesn’t break you? We’ve listed some of the ways to go about it below.

Try not to take it personal:  One of the biggest things in the film industry is that there are so many people vying for the same roles and the same opportunities. The industry is a competitive beast. So when you’re going out for a part, there are most likely 1,000 others who look like you and have the same level of talent. Actor, Sylvester Stallone (Rambo) says “I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get me going, rather than retreat. You can’t take it personally when you aren’t selected for the part, or didn’t get a callback. The casting director’s job is to find the right person for the role; it’s not to make sure nobody’s feelings get hurt. It doesn’t mean they didn’t like you, in fact they may have loved you, but you just didn’t fit the exact criteria for what they were looking for in that role. Its up to you to deliver your best performance and leave the audition at the door.

Listen to what they’re saying: The most honest things are often the hardest for us to take. So when an acting coach, or somebody that sees our work gives us some unpleasant feedback, we really need to do our best to listen to what they’re saying. Bare in mind, there’s a difference between constructive criticism and somebody who’s just trying to break you apart. It’s important that you listen to their feedback and distinguish between the two yourself. If it’s from a trusted source, or somebody you respect, it’s definitely going to be worthwhile to listen to what they said and see what you can apply for the next time to make it better. This is easier said than done, but do your best to not get super emotional and sensitive when somebody rejects you or turns you away. Find out what they think you need to work on, so you can get better.

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Get Better: Drake has a famous line from one of his songs, “don’t get bitter, just get better”. This definitely applies to actors as well. When you get rejected, instead of responding with anger and resentment that does nothing but boil your own blood, you need to work on your stuff and become better. Use it as fuel to your fire in improving your craft and becoming a better actor. You need to say to yourself, “Okay, what can I do to get better?” If you can walk away from rejection with that sort of positivity and action, you will eventually start to succeed in a very big way. At the very least, you won’t sit in a pity stooper when you get rejected, but instead, keep your head up and make the best of the situation.

Stay Persistent: Every successful person will tell you that they had to handle rejection on countless occasions. They had to deal with doors being slammed in their face, people telling them they weren’t talented, or were crazy, or people who didn’t believe in them. If you don’t have the ability to bounce back from rejection with unwavering enthusiasm, then you will have a tough time succeeding in an industry as tough as the film industry. Talent Agent, Anne Marie Perrault says, “Prepare yourself that the rejection will come, but be sure that you love what you’re doing and you’re going to continue to work at it and get better until those “No’s” starting turning into Yes’s”. If you commit yourself to it, work hard through training and stay persistent, your success will only be a matter of time.”

Sure rejection sucks and forces us to retreat back into our shells for a while, but it’s all about the bounce back. It’s all about working at it, getting the right mind set, working on your skills, and making sure you have the right attitude so that bounce back time is faster every time. Pretty soon you will develop the thick skin that is required of an actor, and rejection will be nothing more than an opportunity for you to go through another door with someone else who sees the potential in you.

It’s up to you and how you let it affect you. Rejection will only break you if you let it.

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How Actors Can Build A Brand Online


It is no secret that we’re in a digital revolution.  Everybody is engaging online so frequently, that it’s becoming one of the most dominating forms of communication.  For this reason it’s absolutely essential that actors are building and maintaining their brand online.  Just simply going to your auditions is not enough anymore. You have to […]

It is no secret that we’re in a digital revolution.  Everybody is engaging online so frequently, that it’s becoming one of the most dominating forms of communication.  For this reason it’s absolutely essential that actors are building and maintaining their brand online.  Just simply going to your auditions is not enough anymore. You have to be online, engaging in some way of self-promotion and making sure that you’re pushing your work as much as you can.  Talent Agents, Managers, and Casting Directors are now going online to find that new secret talent that will take their business to the next level.  Just look at how many new musicians and pop stars are being discovered on YouTube. The same goes for actors and models. You could be the next big thing that is waiting to be discovered. But this can only happen if you have a platform that showcases all your work and talents.

So why exactly should every actor be creating an online brand? Is it really that important?

That’s definitely a fair question, as a lot of people will feel it’s too much work for not enough reward, or that it’s going to feel awkward, narcissistic, and a little self-indulgent to create an online presence that is ALL ABOUT them. But you have to think of it that you are the product, you’re the vehicle that is going to make or break your career. When you’re an actor, it’s you as a person that is going to be the moneymaker, so you need to make sure you push that product as much as you can. Do not be afraid to stand out.  Because only those who are willing to be vulnerable and put themselves out there have the opportunity to achieve big success.

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Creating your online brand is another important tool available to you.  Trying to make it as an actor is hard enough, so you need to give yourself whatever edge you can. By focusing on building and creating your online brand, you’re going to begin to separate yourself from other actors who can’t be bothered with the time and energy needed to build their platform. You have to become an entrepreneur of the craft, and your own hard-driving sales person. It’s essential for success.

Times are different now; producers want to know how much publicity you can get them for a TV series or movie. If you have a large following online, a producer will see you as a very valuable asset to them. It might help you in separating yourself from other competing actors in the casting process.  Also, a lot of the top US and Canadian talent agencies such as CAA, ICM, AMP and WME have at least one staff member constantly scrolling the Internet, scouting for the next big star their agency can sign. Gaining an online presence has become huge for comedians in getting discovered as well, by posting gag videos, parodies, and creations that help get them potential viral exposure. You could even potentially book roles from your online brand. If you have enough videos, pictures, and quality work online, you might discover you have some important industry people sending you messages and emails saying they want to meet you, or even cast you in their next project.

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Basically, why wouldn’t you start investing in your online Social Media brand?  Social media is available to us everywhere and anytime. It also allows people to figure out who you are and what potential roles you would be good at playing, so you can choose to brand yourself in whatever way you want to get known for.  Talk to your agent or manger and figure out your strengths and maximize on them by creating a presence online that will help give you that extra boost needed to stand out from the crowd.

Now that you’re aware and understand the importance of your online brand, what are some online tools available to actors and ones they should be engaging with on a regular basis? Listed below are some of the most important:

 

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Build A Website:  This is one of the most common and standard tools that most actors have now.  Build a Basic Website that has your headshots, resume, and a show reel (when you have one). This is definitely the most important first ingredient when it comes to creating an online portfolio that will promote you as an artist.  Standard actor’s websites will have a catalog style showing of their headshots that allow potential casting directors to see exactly what they look like.  Provide reviews from directors or producers you have worked for on your page. Also keeping an updated resume is essential, as well as a demo showreel of your most recent work. A website concentrates all your information in one place, so it makes it very easy for someone to look you up and see exactly what you’re talents are.

YouTube Videos:  A prime example of somebody who has promoted their wide-array of talents through viral YouTube videos is Taryn Southern. A very talented comedian, writer, actor, host, and singer, she’s managed to become quite the webutante, which has helped her to book many mainstream acting roles. She’s appeared on various TV shows such as New Girl and Rules of Engagement. While you don’t need to become the next viral sensation to be successful as an actor, she’s just an example of somebody who created a personal brand online and her career flourished because of it. If you’re more of an established actor, you can use YouTube to post trailers to new movies you’re appearing in, or links to notable scenes that you have done. You can have a link from your website to your YouTube videos, and vice versa.

Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram: It’s important that everyone who’s trying to build a career is using social media to some extent. If you’re a more established actor, then a Facebook fan page is a great way to build an audience and keep your fans up to date with new projects you’re working on, as well as push through all your professional marketing and press materials. Tons of comedy writers are being discovered through Twitter, which is essential for actors as well.  Even if you don’t think you’re funny, or don’t like confessing all your personal feelings to the world, Twitter is a great way to get in touch with other performers, talent agents, casting directors, and managers. You can also follow accounts that are related to the film and entertainment industry, which can keep you informed with everything that’s happening. Tweeting is something that most people are doing and it’s another avenue for you to help get your words, face, and name out there. Creating an Instagram account is another great way to build followers and create an online presence. Tons of models and actors are creating accounts and posting behind the scenes pictures from various photo shoots and film sets they’re working on.  Just make sure you have permission from someone on set before you snap photos.  You can also go one step further and post inspiring quotes and information related to the industry. This is a great way to build a voice, a brand, and become known in the industry, which may also help to boost your career. Keep in mind that it is important not to tweet or talk about jobs that you are doing unless you have permission from the producer or your agent. You can say you have a audition or callback, but do not mention the client or job name.

Show Reel / Demo Reel:  This is another one of the standard tools for actors. As soon as you have enough experience under your belt, you should be creating a reel that highlights some of your best work. This is a quick 2-3 minute video that your Talent Agent sends to a casting director or producer so they can see your work.  While it’s not completely commonplace, some actors have been chosen for roles based entirely off their reel. This is why it’s essential that you have one (once you have enough experience) on your website, and upload to YouTube as well, which will actually show people that you have talent and should be taken seriously as an actor. Besides, having a demo reel helps to market you and your seen as a professional.

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IMDB:  It’s a very important branding tool that every talent should have.  Casting directors, talent agents, and managers, may look you up on IMDB and see what your working on or your credits are like before they cast you. If you have a good chunk of credits, you will come across as established and professional.  If you can’t be found online, most people will assume that you’re green and not established as a performer.  Make sure that you create an IMDB account and work towards stacking those credits up!

Creating a strong online brand is a no-brainer.  You can start off small (a Twitter account, LinkedIn, build a free website and or get help to edit together a solid showreel) and work towards creating more significant platforms once you’re more established. By investing in the online marketing presence early in your career, you will start to tell your peers and important people in the industry that you’re serious about your acting career.

Figure out what your brand is, create it online, and connect with like-minded people. The Internet and social media gives everyone an opportunity to build a voice and to connect.  Start by building your online brand today!

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Top 10 Secrets To Success


So you want to succeed in the entertainment business?  Here are 10 of the most important tips you’ll need to live by in order to find the success you’re looking for:   1. Love What You Do. The most important thing with any artistic pursuit is that you absolutely love it. It’s a hard road being […]

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So you want to succeed in the entertainment business?  Here are 10 of the most important tips you’ll need to live by in order to find the success you’re looking for:

 

1. Love What You Do.

The most important thing with any artistic pursuit is that you absolutely love it. It’s a hard road being an artist or a creator, but it’s also a very rewarding one if you’re in it for the right reasons. It’s important to ask yourself the question, “Is this something that I can live without?” If your answer is “no” then you know that you have to do it.

2. Be All In (Complete Commitment).

The people that choose to be actors, models or artists, have to be completely and utterly committed to it. The people that call themselves “part-time actors” are never going to be successful because they aren’t completely committed to it.  Whether it’s fear of failure, or even a fear of admitting that they want to do this, holding yourself back and not putting it as the most important goal in your life is setting yourself up for failure.  When you make the decision that you want to be an actor, that goal has to be the driving force in your life. If it isn’t, and it’s just slotted in as a “hobby”, then you don’t stand a chance of succeeding.

3. Always Be Working And Studying.

The simple truth is that those who are practicing are those who are working. The only time that you shouldn’t be studying and practicing is when you don’t have enough time because you’re working so much.  No matter how talented, or experienced you are, there is always something for you to learn.  The most successful actors understand the value of always staying a student. They understand that there will always be someone smarter than them, or more talented than them that they can learn from.  A List, award winning actors such as Meryl Streep, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, and Anne Hathaway and countless others continue to study with coaches and master the craft of acting, even to this day.  Remaining humble and working hard at learning the craft and studying is a key force in driving home your success.

4. Patience And Persistence

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Being an actor requires an enormous amount of patience.  Whether it’s waiting for the next audition, or waiting for the cameras to start rolling, actors are always waiting.  It’s the name of the game and has to be something that they can handle.  At the opposite end is persistence. So many careers are sprouted from stories of perseverance and sticking it out when the rough times came.  It’s essential that you’re in for your career for the long haul and won’t jump ship when you can’t afford to pay your hydro bill or your sleeping on a friends couch, as well as have the endurance to continue to pound away on your craft even when the breaks aren’t coming your way.

5. Create Your Own Opportunities.

In order to get lucky, you have to work extremely hard and show initiative by creating your own opportunities.  So in other words, don’t be lazy.  Be proactive and create your own projects. This keeps your skills in top shape, as well as creates products that could be launching platforms for your talents.  This also helps your Talent Agent to better market you for even bigger opportunities.  Whether it’s to market yourself as an actor, writer, or filmmaker, creating your own projects sows initiative, and is how a lot of people get discovered.  Remember Goodwill Hunting? Matt Damon started writing that script in a playwriting class at Harvard in his fifth year. Then with the blessing of his teacher, Damon dropped out of school and moved to LA to finish the script with his good buddy Ben Affleck.  That movie launched both those actor’s careers into the stratosphere.  If it wasn’t for them taking it upon themselves to create their own movie (vehicle) to market their acting talents, then the names Matt Damon and Ben Affleck might mean absolutely nothing to us now.  Or how about Garden State?  Zach Braff wrote and directed that little movie, which turned him into a household name overnight.  The best example is probably HBO “Girls” creator, Lena Dunham, who quickly became the “talent of the moment” by continuously creating her own projects that showcased her writing, directing, and acting talents. She even created the show Girls, based loosely off her own life in New York.   This just shows how important it is to create your own things.  You can’t catch your breaks and get lucky without working hard and going after what you want with passion, initiative and good work ethic.

6. Find A Mentor.

A lot of very successful people (in and out of the entertainment industry) will tell you that it’s impossible to be successful without a mentor. That’s because a mentor helps you to steer the ship. They help to cut years off your road to success by making sure you’re doing the necessary things in the present to help you get to your end goal. Talent Agent, Anne Marie Perrault says “Finding a mentor is absolutely essential and can be a major a factor in ones career success. It is important to seek out professionals in the field as they are a wonderful source of career advice.   The best ways to find one would be to find someone in the industry that you admire, whether it’s someone you meet on set, or a teacher who you really respect, in some cases it can even be your Agent or Manager”.  Don’t be shy to ask someone if they’d be interested in mentoring you as well.  They will take it as a compliment.  You can meet regularly to talk about your career, or you can even just keep in touch through email or on Skype to ask questions, and check-in every now and again.  Your mentor will be essential in helping you to answer those difficult questions, help lift you up when times are tough, and ultimately, help you strive to becoming a better performer and person.

7. Take Full Responsibility For Everything That Happens To Tou.

The first step to happiness and success is taking full responsibility for where you are in your life.  The moment you stop pointing the blame on other people, or things, is the moment that you finally point yourself in the direction of success.  So you didn’t get that audition? The director did not think you where right for it or had someone else in mind.  You didn’t book the role? It’s nobody’s fault but your own for not delivering the way you needed to or maybe you just are not ready, or are having a bad day.  Leave it at the door.  Don’t beat yourself up for it.   Use any shortcomings and failures as an opportunity to look at yourself in the mirror and figure out how you can be better. Learn from each experience.  Your career and your life is completely up to you, you’re the one in control of your fate, so make sure you step up to the plate.   The happiest and most successful people in life are those who feel they have complete control over their lives.   This starts with accepting complete responsibility for where you are and understanding that you’re the one in control of your success or failure.

8. Set Goals

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So you want to be the next big leading man or woman, do you?  Yes that’s a lofty goal, but can you do it?  You better believe you can!  It’s definitely a big dream, so how do you make it seem more manageable, or achievable?  You break your dream down into something smaller; you break it down into parts called goals.  Then you break down the steps that you will need to complete (accomplish) in order to reach those specific individual goals. Once you do this, your wildest dreams will seem a little more in reach. You have to have a plan; you have to create a vision for your career. You do this by creating goals on paper, then continuously visualizing yourself successfully moving towards those goals. When Jim Carrey was a broke, struggling comic, he would drive up to Mulholland Drive a few nights a week and visualize himself making it big in Hollywood. He even wrote a check to himself for 10 million dollars and filled it out as “acting services rendered”. It was only a number of years later when he became one of the biggest stars on the planet; booking roles for the exact amount of money he said he would, 10 million dollars. Believe you can, believe you will, create a vision, put it down on paper!

9. Take Risks

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Those that take risks get noticed.  Most people will say that choosing to become an actor is a big risk in the first place. They may be right.  Actors have to take risks on a regular basis. It’s part of what being an artist and a performer is all about!   When you choose to pursue your passion as a profession, you have to face fear and walk down a road that offers very little security. This is the all-important first risk that you’re going to have to take.  You then have to continue walking down that road fearlessly.  You have to believe in the process, believe that the journey you are on will take you to where you want to go.  You will also have to task risks regularly with new roles and parts that come your way.  You’re going to need to venture out of your comfort zone and try new things, do roles that scare you and really go for it with complete disregard for failure.  They say that success is a sum of thousands of failures, and they’re right.  Failure is success’ most important pre-requisite, which is even truer when it comes to the performing arts.  Take risks, overcome fear, and you will grow closer to success!

10. Be Confident And Believe In Yourself.

On your “Road to Success” you’re going to have to make a lot of big decisions. In order to do this, you’re going to have to be strong and be true to yourself.  If you continue to do that, you will make decisions that are the most agreeable to who you are as a person and you will stay on the right path.  You have to be confident in yourself and make sure you treat yourself the right way. On your path to success, a lot of people will tell you that you’re crazy and you won’t ever reach the big dreams you’ve set for yourself.  You have to silence those voices, look inside and believe in that vision you have for yourself.  Not everybody is going to see what you see, so you have to understand that and not dwell on the opinions and perceptions of others.  Confidence and success is made by marching toward your goals and dreams with massive action, even in the face of adversity and fear of failure.  This is an absolute must in achieving big success!

It’s a comforting feeling knowing that your success is completely up to you.  You’re the one in control of the universe you create for yourself.  Understanding and believing in this is definitely the starting point for every big dream or goal.  Start living by this philosophy and your success will start to grow exponentially.

Now go out there and build the life you’ve always dreamed of!

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Watch for AMP Talent Group on YTV’s The Next Star Supergroups!


Watch for AMP Talent Group  agencies amazing 12 #teen #singers #talent on #TheNextStar #Supergroups #TVSeries! Airing in 2014, congratulations to #AMPTalent, Rachel Cossmann, Nadia Blackwood, Brad Baeza, Emily Kaldis, Cassandra Tari, Camryn Patterson, Isabella Repole, Odain Bailey, Michael Skidmore, Naiya VanEvery, Courtney Cameron and Quin Hasinhindl! The Next Star is launching a spin-off show, entitled, The Next Star: SuperGroups.  […]

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Watch for AMP Talent Group  agencies amazing 12 #teen #singers #talent on #TheNextStar #Supergroups #TVSeries! Airing in 2014, congratulations to #AMPTalent, Rachel Cossmann, Nadia Blackwood, Brad Baeza, Emily Kaldis, Cassandra Tari, Camryn Patterson, Isabella Repole, Odain Bailey, Michael Skidmore, Naiya VanEvery, Courtney Cameron and Quin Hasinhindl! The Next Star is launching a spin-off show, entitled, The Next Star: SuperGroupsThe Next Star is a Canadian reality television show on YTV. The show is a competition to find the most talented singer in Canada who is under 15 years of age to win and become “the next star”. Toronto’s Tricon Films & Television and Corus-owned YTV have teamed up for a supergroup-focused The Next Star competition series. The Next Star: SuperGroup will also feature coaches and industry experts like music producer Damon Sharpe, recording artist Cory Lee (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star), So You Can Dance Canada winner Nico Archambault, vocal coach Sarah Morrison, make-up artist Vanessa Jarman and stylist Corey Ng. The Next Star Supergroups series will be launched in spring 2014 in Canada on YTV. Watch for it! Be sure to follow our Blog and AMP on twitter for all the latest talent, audition, casting, filming and entertainment news! www.twitter.com/amptalentgroup

AMP Talent Group: 6 Ways To JUMP-START Your Acting Career


AMP Talent Group: 6 Ways To JUMP-START Your Acting Career 1 Get Into a Class! Training is essential to learning the craft. Roll up your sleeves. Dig in and do the work! Actors are athletes of the heart and you must work out to stay in shape. Tune your instrument through improvisation classes, theatre classes […]

AMP Talent Group: 6 Ways To JUMP-START Your Acting Career

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  • 1 Get Into a Class!

Training is essential to learning the craft. Roll up your sleeves. Dig in and do the work! Actors are athletes of the heart and you must work out to stay in shape. Tune your instrument through improvisation classes, theatre classes and film scene classes.

  • 2 Private Coaching!

In person or via Skype. Audition coaching, career coaching, on-set coaching. Push yourself and get feedback. Leave no stone unturned!

Get expert feedback on your marketing tools. Your agent knows the market and can help you choose the best photos to help you get more auditions. Don’t underestimate the power of a great photo!

See and be seen. Get out there and build relationships. Workshops gets you access to casting directors, directors, producers, theatre directors etc. You want to open doors, start to build relationships and continue to network at workshops and events at each stage of your career.

  • 5 Tape A Scene With COACH

For an audition or for your reel. Your agent needs a demo reel of your work, and if you don’t have one you can tape a well crafted and prepared scene for your agent to submit until your demo is ready!

Study the greats, study other great actors, learn, observe. Find what moves and motivates you. Make the commitment. Keep your mind, body and spirit active everyday!

When it comes to staying tuned: If you rest, you rust.” – Helen Hayes

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Audition advice: Tips for Actors Models from Talent Agent Anne Marie Perrault


Audition Advice for Actors Models & Talent! In this post, top 5 tips to help you ace your next audition! Here is key advice and tips for actors and models when meeting a talent agent from long time Talent Agent Anne Marie Perrault of AMP Talent Group. At AMP Talent Group we want you, our talent to view […]

Audition Advice for Actors Models & Talent! In this post, top 5 tips to help you ace your next audition! Here is key advice and tips for actors and models when meeting a talent agent from long time Talent Agent Anne Marie Perrault of AMP Talent Group. At AMP Talent Group we want you, our talent to view every audition as an opportunity to showcase your very best work. Each audition is an opportunity to be seen by casting directors, producers, directors and clients. Even if you think you are not perfect for the role, it is still an opportunity to be seen! Casting work on many projects at once and are looking at you for all their projects. When attending audition, always have your 8×10 professional headshot and resume in your hand and be ready to go when you are called for each audition. Even when you don’t think they need one, you should still be prepared with one. This is your marketing tool! It shows you are serious about your work and are the professional. Unless you are a name actor, always bring your resume and headshot to every meeting and audition. When the door opens, be ready! Break a leg! For more insightful tips follow AMP on Twitter and subscribe to our channel on YouTube!