Should You Ever Turn an Audition Down?

Ok… You finally got an audition for a juicy part in a film. But, guess what? You don’t like the material. So now what? Do you go anyway for fear of offending your agent? Or do you politely decline and save everybody some time? This week’s Acting Business Bite will help guide you to make the decision that’s best for you.

I’d love to hear about the roles you’ve auditioned for and how you can use these 3 parameters to uplevel your career. Please share your experience in the comments below.


16 Responses to “Should You Ever Turn an Audition Down?”

  1. Thanks Dallas! Great reminders for me as I go Agent hunting/team building.

  2. Nice job tackling a difficult subject. For me, the one about “giving you access to a relationship” has been a big driving force. And, when I have followed that, the universe has always delivered LATER with a part that made sense.

  3. Richard Dejean says:

    good stuff!

  4. Erin Young says:

    I got cast as a lead role in a web series. It’s funny, well written, and showcases me. While I am not getting paid for the pilot, the production team has a plan for where this series is going so I am not going to be wasting my time. That was huge deciding factor for me…if there’s no real plan, then chances are it won’t be going anywhere. Thanks for everything!!

  5. Joe says:

    I echo Melissa’s parameters. That’s Exactly what I told my Agent and Manager back in the beginning of 2012. If there are no “Names” to the character or if the part is 2 lines or less…don’t even submit me. There comes a point in your career where you have to draw the line and say no. Even if your Agent/Manager is trying to pay his rent.

    • Dallas says:

      Brent Sexton shared a story where he had to tell his agents “no more uniforms”. Meaning, he was tired of only playing cops. Soon, his role of the grieving father on the Killing happened.

  6. Maria says:

    I also think it’s important to be aware of subjects or products you’re not comfortable with or are morally or ethically opposed to your beliefs. For instance, I will not do commercials for drugs promoted by pharmaceutical companies because I believe they can potentially be hurtful.

    • Dallas says:

      Good point! Thanks for the insight, Maria!

    • Elizabeth says:

      I agree! I feel like it is really important to do a ‘gut check’ before working on any project. It can be easy to get caught up in the initial excitement of working on something new, but then once you are in the thick of it, without doing this kind of ‘ckeck-in’ you can end up feeling a little ‘gross’ or like you have compromised something about yourself or undermined your own integrity somehow.

  7. Ariel says:

    Dallas this is so synchronistic with what I’ve been going through this week. Thanks for affirming my feelings. Love is an integral part of what we do and if it isn’t there, it’s actually quite detrimental to us and to our confidence.
    Thanks again!

  8. Thanks for this video, this completely translates and relates to us ‘over the pond’ in the UK.

    I have had to make some difficult decsions over the years regarding turning down both auditions and jobs. Thankfully I have an agent who supports my choices and is also very good at advising me when he feels a job is not well paid enough.

    As an actor its easy to become desperate and grateful and that can be our downfall. My advice to actors: Always have pride in your craft and skill and always respect yourself so that others will respect you in return.

    Jamie, Actor Hub

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