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    Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.


    Rejection? Don't Take It Personally
    by Catherine L.  Tully

    Early on in my career I auditioned for a dance role in a movie.  There was actually a big Hollywood name associated with the film and I was really excited.  I took extra care getting ready, arrived early and did all the things I was supposed to do.  At the audition, I learned the steps and danced them flawlessly.

    I got cut first round.

    When I left the place, I replayed everything in my head wondering how on earth I had messed this up.  I knew that I danced better than anyone in my group--and for that matter, better than most of the people there.  I couldn't figure it out--why did they let me go so early?


    Feeling crushed, I can remember getting home and having a pretty good cry, followed by a sinking feeling that I just wasn't making it in the business.  It shook my confidence to know that I did very well at the audition and it just didn't seem to be enough.

    Exactly one week later, I ran into a friend of mine who was a fellow dancer and actor.  We got to talking and I told him my tale of woe from the audition.  He laughed out loud and told me there was no way I could have made it past the first cut--they wanted blonde women under 5'3.  I am a 5'8 redhead.

    This type of situation doesn't just apply to dance--there are many reasons that you might not get a gig that you try for--and not all of them have do with your musical ability.  Take heart, and take a look at some of the following:

    The Wrong Look

    Just like my audition experience, certain gigs can call for a general type of look and if you don't fit you are out--just like that.  Sometimes you may know this information ahead of time, but sometimes you might not.  There are also situations where a venue may have certain ideas about what kind of band or singer they want, but they don't verbalize it to anyone else.  The type they are looking for is in their head, and you may or may not fit that idea.

    Bad Timing

    Everyone can have an off day--or a bad phone call.  At times you may wind up being the one to suffer.  After all, the people doing the hiring are only human, right? Think of it this way--the same can happen to you right before an audition--either way its no reflection on your musical talent.  Plain and simple, real life sometimes gets in the way.

    The Experience Factor

    Nobody likes to think of this, but it does happen.  You are clearly the best choice for the gig, but it goes to the band who played the venue last year.  Or the guy that knows the person who is hiring from high school.  Generally speaking professionals in the field will choose the right people for the project, but occasionally someone slips by on things other than merit alone.  Sometimes people may feel more comfortable working with someone that they have worked with before, or a venue just doesn't want to take a chance on an unknown.

    The next time you are tempted to give up and throw in the towel after a frustrating audition, remember that there are some things are simply not in your control.  There are times that you just can't land the gig--no matter how well you play--or sing.  Don't take every rejection as a reflection on your ability, because sometimes skill just has nothing to do with it!



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