- Remember that time when I didn't get the part?
- I remember that one time you did.
This can't be happening to you! You were there on time, you nailed your lines, you blew their socks off. On your way out you even saw the next actor in line and thought to yourself "I'm so right for this role!" You never hear from them again. You begin to twitch when the thought of not getting the part crosses your mind. This can't be happening, right?
Builds upon #1. This can't be happening! This is ridiculous! This was the role for me!
Now complain to all your friends, colleagues and loved ones about it. They definitely want to hear all about it.
You might have done this in advance in your cover letter, but some casting directors will keep your headshots and resume in mind for future auditions. The aforementioned rare species will even back to you. Your type doesn’t seem right to be invited to the audition? You didn’t get the role this time, but they might see you fit for something else.
You sink into the gutter. You're worthless, you're ugly, and your acting stinks. And now it's too late to become a doctor. You think of changing your name, moving to a small town and starting over in obscurity. Anything to escape the cruel reality that is not getting the role.
Congratulations, if you survived #1 - #4, you are now ready to move on, as most professionals and mature adults do. I personally booked right after tanking a callback the very day before. Keep your head cool and keep running.