Advice from SLU’s Aris Juson

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Guest Post by SLU Talent Aris Juson

When you interview for a job, you are basically auditioning. As an actor, I audition every week, sometimes multiple times a day. In each audition, I am trying to get the job, much like if I was interviewing for a job at a top marketing firm, for example. With that in mind I have compiled information that has helped me land the job more in hopes that it can help you in your pursuit to becoming employed. Welcome to the STOP-C method, developed by my acting teacher Robert Blanche.

STOP-C is an acronym that has helped me in the pursuit of becoming an accomplished auditioner and working actor.

S: Seamlessness. When you are at an audition or interview, it is important to be yourself (this is where personal branding <link> comes in handy). You are there because they want to know who you are and what you are about. They have seen your resume but they want to know the person not simply what it says on your resume. Seamlessness as an actor basically means DON’T ACT. Nothing is worse than watching an actor act. You not only look fake but there is no truth to what you are doing. Any good human resources manager and casting agent can tell if you are acting or making things up.

T: Trust. You must trust yourself and have confidence that you know what you are talking about.  You must create solid ground when there is none. I never know what to expect in an audition much like you will never fully know what to expect in a job interview. I had an audition once where the script clearly asked for a gangster. Instead, I was asked to portray someone who suffers from amnesia. Seriously. I did the work before going to the audition, memorizing my lines and making them a part of me. In the end, the casting agent had a different take on the character than I assumed. You have to trust yourself that you have done the work, that you have the experience and that you have prepared for the interview to the best of your ability.

O: Ownership. Whether you are auditioning or interviewing for a job it is paramount that you OWN IT. Your interview is your time to shine and exude confidence. Really grasp the fact that you are not interviewing for the job but visualize that the job is already yours. Taking ownership allows the interviewer to know you have value and that giving you a position is essential for their company. Be humble, not meek; be confidant not arrogant.

P: Presence. One of the best lessons I have learned is to always be in the moment when you are in the interview. Nothing else is more important than being there at that moment with the interviewer. Do not ramble and get distracted. Look them in the eye when you are talking and are talked to. Know your purpose and exist in and for the moment. Doing this will help you own it as well.

C: Confidence. To me, this is the most important part of an audition or job interview. Know that you have done all the work and preparation to get to the interview. Let’s face it: you have been offered an interview because the hiring company likes what they have read in your cover letter and on your resume. That is an achievement in and of itself! Your confidence will shine in any audition or job interview.

I know that if you STOP-C, you will be successful! I wish you the best of luck with all your endeavors and break a leg!

Aris Juson is a local actor in the Portland area. He has been in numerous commercials, Indie films, and on television, and can next be seen on the hit TNT network show, Leverage. Aris also models for Nike and Adidas with Sports + Lifestyle Unlimited.