How to deal with rejection

Rejection is something that most people working in theatre will regularly experience. Whether you are trying to get into drama school, having an audition or interview, getting an agent or just trying to get seen by the right people, you will experience rejection throughout your career. So, how do you deal with it?


Use your rejection as experience. Take on board any comments you may have received and use them to improve yourself for the next opportunity. Go for every experience that comes your way – especially when it comes to auditions or interviews, the more you do, the more you will feel comfortable with the experience. Those who you may look up to in the industry went through a lot of rejection before they got to where they are now.

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Sometimes you may be rejected for something that is outside of your control. It’s not a reflection on your talent, but could be something such as your height which you can’t change. Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of what you are good at and where your skills lie, don’t let the rejection put you off for the next time you have an audition or interview.

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A rejection may not be a completely shut door. You may not have been the right fit for that role or job in that circumstance, but the interviewer may think of you in the future for something else. Each interview or audition is an opportunity to network and meet new people who you may work with further down the line.

Staying positive

Remind yourself of the saying ‘when one door closes another door opens’. A rejection doesn’t have to be the end of the world and another opportunity could present itself that is better and more suited to you. Try not to weigh all your hope on one opportunity, as this puts a lot of pressure on you and this may result in you not performing your best during the interview/audition. Take a look at our blog on How to tackle nerves and anxiety for further advice on this.

Moving forward

If you do find yourself upset at a rejection you have received, then allow yourself that time to feel upset about it and then work out a plan on how you will move forward from it. Give yourself a day to go through those emotions and then think about your next steps; how will you grow and learn from this experience?

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Photo: Rose Bruford

Published: 04 March 2019

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