Going For the Gold (with Audio)
Now that the Winter Olympics are over and we can go back to our normal lives, here are some observations that came to me while watching the Figure Skating Pairs competition. There are many similarities between competing in the Olympics and auditioning, especially for primetime network and cable TV shows, and most especially when testing for pilots.
1. You can’t mess up. There is no room for error if you want to win the Gold (or the acting job.)
2. If you do mess up, you must keep going. You can’t go back and have a do-over. You must continue and just shake off the glitch, as if it never happened.
3. You must be focused and truly “in the moment”. If your mind wanders and you start thinking about how the other skaters (or actors) you’re competing with are doing, you will blow it. It’s only you and your partner (or reader) at that moment and the rest of the world disappears.
4. You must combine technical excellence with grace and passion.
5. You must have a coach.
6. You have to practice and be prepared within an inch of your life, and then you must throw all of your preparation out the window when you’re actually performing so there is a magical spontaneity and freshness to it.
7. You have to give all of yourself to rise above the competition. You have to move us emotionally.
8. You have to make difficult and dangerous feats appear easy and effortless.
9. You (and your family) have to sacrifice everything for your art/sport.
10. You must be confident and truly believe you can win Gold.