“Rejection is hard in any capacity – especially if you are in a profession as personal as acting. It can be difficult to accept setbacks in a career when they seem like setbacks in a dream,” says Denise Simon of Backstage. Many times, those on the big screen make it seem like they got to where they are with ease, but this is not normally the case.
Rejection is part of the entertainment industry. It builds character. It helps us grow. But, it can be especially difficult to keep your head up after being denied for dream roles time and again amid stiff competition. So, it’s important to stay focused, centered, and strong. Otherwise, we’re tempted to give up altogether and settle for the next-best career choice. Practicing positive affirmations can help.
Pursuing a career in entertainment certainly isn’t for the weak at heart! Here are some affirmations that just might keep you going, particularly during times of struggle. Keep them in your back pocket, memory bank, smartphone, or taped to your bathroom mirror – whatever works. And, always remember, you can’t succeed if you stop trying!
I am responsible for my happiness.
I am capable.
I will keep trying. That breakthrough role is right around the corner.
Today is great, and I will be great today.
I am unique, I am different from everyone else, and this will get me noticed.
I will rise above my failures.
I will learn from my mistakes.
I will stay positive so positivity will continue to find me.
Every opportunity I get is worthwhile and will help me grow.
I can do this.
This role is perfect for me!
I will give it my best.
I am talented.
Other auditionees are friends, not foes. We’re all in this together.
Whatever happens, I’m making essential connections.
The more I know, the more I grow.
I am determined and motivated.
I believe, therefore, I will.
There is beauty in imperfection.
Former British Prime Minister and famed writer, Winston Churchill, was also especially good at sustaining motivation during a difficult period in history. Here are some of his famous quotes that may courage you:
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill
Never, never, never give up. – Winston Churchill
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill
This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure. – Winston Churchill