"Good question!" Judd enthused. Kristen answered first and I just loved what she said.
I can’t quote exactly, but here’s the gist, paraphrased –
Again, NOT an exact quote, but you get the picture."Someone told me this when I was starting out – if you have a really big audition, like for a part that you really want, don’t tell anyone about it. Because if you tell your friends or family, then it will feel like they’re in the room with you when you do your audition. And you’re doing it for them instead of just doing it for yourself and the casting director. You don’t want them in the room with you."
Friends and family who aren’t in the business don’t understand that getting the part is the secondary concern for a working actor. The primary concern is going in and kicking ass in the room, because that’s your chance to show the casting director and whoever else might be there what an amazing actor you are. Every audition is a double opportunity – it’s a chance to get the part, but it’s also a chance to impress the casting director so he/she will call you in again.
So thanks, Kristen Wiig, for pointing out that having the ghosts of family and friends in the audition room with you is not a good thing. Keep that big audition a secret, leave the ghosts at home, and tell everyone about it later. They’ll be just as excited for you after the fact, I promise.