Should performers talk about their failed auditions?

This week I have seen videos on YouTube of two different, leading West End performers, talking about failed auditions and the jobs that they didn’t get.

The message that comes from talking about failed auditions is to bring hope to wannabe performers, showing that even those who are at the top of their game in the industry, still have to audition for roles and many times still get told they aren’t right for the part.

But whereas some people take the opinion of not mentioning the show they were turned down for, as they think it isn’t professional to do so, other performers seem to feel ok about talking about what they were turned down for and why.

So what is the right thing to do in this situation? Should performers be more open about the jobs they didn’t get? Or should they not mention names in order to remain professional? Or does it really come down to what the individual is comfortable with?

I’m not a performer but I once got turned down for a job at a fast food restaurant. That restaurant was McDonalds and they said I was unsuitable for the position.

Photo from the New York Film Academy


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