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Soapbox: Post-audition radio silence is professionally disrespectful

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I just want to be clear from the start – this issue is not about sour grapes or resentment or bitterness over not getting a role. Like many of my actor friends, I have been turned down more times than a hotel bed. We deal with it. We are trained to. We lick our wounds a little and then start looking forward to the next opportunity to do what we love.

What I think is utterly disrespectful and abhorrent is the radio silence and complete lack of contact after the audition. I’m not on about receiving (or even wanting) feedback. I’d just like a simple ‘Thank you for your time and effort. You have not been successful this time and the role has now been cast.’

I spend hours preparing for auditions, as do many of my wonderful and hard-working colleagues. We learn lines, analyse the script, maybe pay for an accent class or one-on-one tutorial. More often than not there are personal sacrifices – a cancelled flight or missed nights out with friends, often at the last minute, all for that chance to impress, shine, do our best and, hopefully, work.

To then not hear anything afterwards is insulting. Pure and simple. With one sentence we can have closure. With closure we can move on and put it behind us. We can plan that holiday, we can think ahead and – most importantly – it helps us mentally. To be left in a state of wondering, questioning, guessing is simply awful and I can’t think of another profession where this is acceptable. To hear nothing insults the hours of hard work and sacrifice we have put in before we have even entered that room.

Let us know we haven’t been successful – even a blanket email to agents to forward on. Give us closure, respect our talent and hard work, allow us to move on with our lives completely and without looking back. We are tough. We will survive, of that I assure you. Soon we’ll be knocking at your door to be seen for something else. But please allow us this simple and small respect. We are not talking about moving mountains but just showing a little kindness and human decency.

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