Ah-choo! Sniff, sniff.

It’s that time of year again when here at SOUND ADVICE, we are most often asked, “Should I go to an audition/gig if I’m
sick?”

Well, certainly if you’re contagious and running a substantial temperature, the responsible thing to do is stay home.

You’d think that’d be a no-brainer and it would be, except, when faced with this situation, you may feel a bit torn.

If we’re referring to a booking (a job), then, yes, that’s a real problem. The studio’s already been booked, if it’s a
voiceover, and the company will be charged for any last minute cancellations. If it’s an on-camera production, there are
crew and fellow actors relying on you as well, so calling in sick can become rather complicated.

You must assess the situation honestly and completely, without amping up your symptoms for dramatic effect. The
opposite also applies: don’t down play the situation if it’s clear you have acute appendicitis or something.

We actors have it hammered into us early on in our training that we are expected to accept every audition and job
without question no matter what.  While there is a good deal of truth in that, there are rare exceptions. For example you
should never arrive grossly ill. This is a deal-killer on so many fronts, not the least of which is the fact it shakes others
confidence in you.

If you’re simply feeling a bit under the weather, it’s probably best to just buck up and rise to the occasion. Getting to the
audition, especially if you haven’t been landing many callbacks of late, is half the battle. We all have to play through a
handicap from time to time. This applies to arriving for scheduled coaching and acting sessions as well! It’s amazing
how good you might feel by simply being productive.

As a professional, you’re expected to maintain your health. When a production is threatened due to a Principal player
being ill, producers are less likely to trust whether you will pull through for them in the future and therefore will be less
likely to hire again.

Our aim, as talent, is ALWAYS repeat bookings from the producers, directors and casting directors, or at the very least
make those who’ve hired you so happy they can comfortably and confidently refer others to hire you in the future as
well.

No matter what, you’re expected to be responsible as well as driven enough to show up and deliver the goods
whenever you’re booked.

If you’re sick the day of an audition, again you’re expected to be a grown-up and assess the situation.

Of course, it’s always best to attack cold or flu symptoms in the first 24-48 hours and I can’t speak enough to
homeopathic remedies such as Echinacea with Golden Seal, ‘Airborne’ and ‘Emergen-C’, for instance. But again you
have to catch it early, so it’s up to you to always have these things on hand.

This is your career, after all. It’s your chosen field, so you must run it as best you can while doing your level best to
remain healthy and upbeat, and often in the face of a great deal of adversity.

So, choose wisely, Young Grasshopper.
And take care of yourself, your future reputation depends on it. 


Kate McClanaghan
SOUND ADVICE
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