Last week I went in for a voice over audition with Carrie Faverty. I have a really good VO teacher, and his cues were in my head by the time the script was in my hand. His favorite line to encourage your audition confidence is, "I got this s**t."
After leaving this audition I called my friend Barbara and told her about the "I got this s**t" mantra. We've recently been talking about serendipity knowing that some people come into your life for a reason. I was going on about what a great teacher my VO coach is and how the mantra applies to all life. Then as I looked up on 7th Avenue, I couldn't believe it--there was my VO coach! I told him I was just at the casting studio and he said, "Oh, I know. The (product name) thing." Turns out it was him who referred me to Carrie for the audition!
Serendipity is defined as, "a 'happy accident' or 'pleasant surprise'; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it." And, of course, that lame movie with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale). In the terms of our acting careers, it means surrounding yourself with good people and being good back to them.
I didn't book the VO but, hey, acting is a marathon not a sprint. The point is: I had surrounded myself with good people, I did good work around them, and they liked me. I created my own serendipity. How can you?
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