Imagine a new restaurant opens near you and you decide to check it out. The service is slow, the food is overcooked, and the menu is overpriced. How likely would it be for you to return?
The restaurant only gets one chance.
Another season of American Idol “audition shows” have begun. Time and time again you see failed contestants begging for second chances.
When you audition for American Idol, you’re making a statement: “I’ve got talent, I’ve done my homework, and I am prepared to become the next pop superstar.”
The judges come across as harsh when they tell contestants they can’t have another shot, that they can’t sing just one itty bit of one more song, but they’re absolutely justified.
Aside: Simon was known as the “mean” judge but I think he was just responding to this statement. If you can’t sing in tune, if you can’t remember the words to a song, then you’re not ready to continue in the competition. You’re wasting his time.
The American Idol contestant only gets one chance.
Same goes for theatre. When you audition for a play, you’re making a statement: “I’ve got talent, I’ve done my homework, and I am right for a part in this show.”
The actor only gets one chance.
When you enter a one-act in a competition, you’re making a statement: “We’ve got talent, we’ve done our homework, and our show is the best we can possibly make it.”
Your troupe only gets one chance.
Are there exceptions? Sure. Cinderella stories? Absolutely. Mulligans? Occasionally. But don’t rely on these happening to you. Go into everything with the assumption that you only get one chance.