Handling Disappointment as an Actor

Handling Disappointment As An Actor

Let’s talk about DISAPPOINTMENT.

I know…it hurts our hearts.  I don’t know of a single actor that hasn’t felt it at one point or another.

Especially when you KNOW you got close to the desired result, and at the last moment, things change and you are dealt with the task of handling your emotions.

Handling disappointment with grace is a talent we ALL need in our tool kit—and in this industry more than most!

So if you have been feeling a little sad and a little frustrated over not getting the callback or not booking the role– know we are sending you ALL the good vibes.  Take a min to pull your thoughts together and go thru this check-list.


1) Remember that you are a fantastic human being and receiving or not receiving an opportunity is no measure of how fabulous of a person you really are.  There is no role or job on the planet that showcases how gosh darn beautiful that heart of yours REALLY is and that is the real measure of you as a person!

2) There are things in this life that are MEANT for us– and sometimes our life makes room for them in ways we don’t understand.  Think about what new opportunities could be available to you now that you have room for them.

3) Release those feelings of disappointment with ACTIONThis is important.  It’s ok to take a moment to feel what you feel, but holding onto those negative thoughts and feelings don’t create lives of joy and excitement.  Let those feelings go and start doing things that can lift your spirit again!

Here Are Some Thoughts for You

A) MOVE.  Not where you live– move your body!  Take a walk, go to the gym.  Take a dance class.  Those endorphins are your friends and really do help when you need a mind shift.

B) CREATE.  We are ARTISTS.  We thrive off of telling stories, creating stories, contributing stories.  Get in a class.  Go sing at Karaoke.  MAKE SOMETHING!  Start creating your youtube show.  Build your podcasting channel.  Paint.  Write a poem.  Sculpt.  Write a monologue– create using any method that brings you joy.

C) LEARN.  Don’t let ANY disappointment rattle your confidence in yourself.  A great way to make sure you feel stronger next time is to learn another skill to help you reach your goals.  We’ve got some great options below!  Empower yourself by growing and strengthening your craft everyday.

I hope this helps you.  At AC we are here for your craft AND here for your hearts.

And now…..::::WHISTLE::::

Time to get off the bench and get back in that game!

🙂 Colleen


[Photo Kindly by Nathan Dumlao]

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