You've prepared for your audition. You walk in, present your 32 bars to the very best of your ability, and leave feeling like you could not have done better. You feel equally as confident after your callback. And then the call comes. Thank you very much, however ...
What did you do wrong????? In a word, nothing.
Not every audition is going to yield you a role. In fact, the more auditions you go on, the greater you chances are of being cut. Moreover, even if you are cast, you may not always get the role you auditioned for. That's just the way the world works, in musical theater.
So what to do, when you didn't get that which you thought you were a shoo-in for? In a word, nothing.
Now, that's not entirely true. You will be upset, you will feel hurt, you may be angry, and you need to roll with all that. Those are all normal feelings to have. Rejection is a terrible reality that everyone who wants to pursue a career in the performing arts MUST deal with. And no one likes being told they didn't get the part they wanted. But allowing rejection to engulf you, will only make it tougher for you to get back on the horse. And that's exactly what you have to do. Auditioning is just a part of the process. Seasoned actors still have to go and be heard by casting directors. No one is exempt from the process. And no one is exempt from being told 'No, thank you.' So, if your vision of playing Maria in The Sound of Music is not the director's vision, you simply thank them for having heard you, and you go off and audition for Julie Jordan in Carousel. Or, if the director sees you as an Elsa and not a Maria, well then you show up, do your job and give everything you can to the role in which you've been cast. Auditioning is never fun, but it is necessary. And you will probably be told 'no' more often than you're told 'yes', at least in the beginning. But when you get that 'yes' call, you will be on your way! So go and audition for everything you can. Do your best, every time, and eventually the hurt of rejection won't sting as much. And when you get your break, you'll know it will all have been worth it!
Break a leg!