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Meeting new people. - February 26th 2012, 06:30 AM

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So next weekend, I have an audition for a university acting program, and I know that one of the things they'll be looking at is my ability to work well with other people... so they'll be expecting me to socialize and make friends.

But this isn't one of my strongest areas. I don't like making conversation with people I've never seen before. I'm a bit of an introvert (but realize that actors don't have to be outgoing- the most talented ones keep to themselves).

Does anyone have some tips on conversing with total strangers? Maybe some stories they can share?
   
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Re: Meeting new people. - February 26th 2012, 07:08 AM

You can try making a small talk. Introduce yourself, ask a few friendly questions. Make them feel comfortable. Awkward silence can be a bit...uncomfortable.
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Re: Meeting new people. - February 26th 2012, 06:53 PM

When I was auditioning to music programs for university, I would have to talk with complete strangers on a regular basis. It wasn't easy, but you just have to remember to be friendly and open to what people have to say. Introduce yourself, smile, and just talk about whatever comes up. Just some casual conversation and small talk is probably all you'll need to do. It gets easier the more you do it. Meeting people for the first time can be awkward anyways, so they'll probably be feeling some of the same things you are.



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Re: Meeting new people. - February 26th 2012, 08:23 PM

Just simply say hi. Then the next day carry it on alittle more by saying' how are you', or 'whats up'. Friendships don't build over night - and will take effort and time (so don't rush things).

I'm personally more of an on the spot guy. So I like to just go in there, make people laugh, say my hellos, and then leave. Show confidence, and talk to people. Yes, you will get nervous, but you will build some good friendships if you go that extra mile.



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Re: Meeting new people. - February 27th 2012, 12:31 AM

Depending on how long you're expected to socialize for, ask the people you meet about themselves. Generally, people LOVE to talk about their interests and accomplishments, so ask them about their previous work, or why they're auditioning for the program, how they heard about it, if they have any other auditions coming up, etc. Not only will it seem like you're interested in other people, but it will take some of the focus off of you (until they stop talking about themselves and ask the same questions in return... but at least you bought yourself some time!).






   
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Re: Meeting new people. - February 27th 2012, 01:18 AM

I've struggled with shyness, I know how you feel. Don't think you have to be a social butterfly and talk to EVERYONE. Just choose one person, maybe you can find someone else who isn't talking to anyone or someone who looks uncomfortable, and compliment them on a shirt or hairstyle. And then ask their name, where they're from. But DON'T ask yes or no questions. At least if they tell you something like their name you can say "That's a unique name, is it a family name?" or if they tell you where they're from you can say "Oh cool! How's the weather there?"
   
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Re: Meeting new people. - March 5th 2012, 10:46 AM

I donít think you need to make so much preparation to socialize, being an introvert is also a well-accepted personality trait, others will understand you and gradually you will mix up with them. Preparing so much will make your behavior fake.
   
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