Well, here are some tricks to get us into the right frame of mind...
Breathe from your diaphragm - breathing clears your mind and send oxygen flowing to your brain. (you're really making me explain breathing to you 😆)
Perform a series of stretches. This will loosen your muscles, causing you to feel a little more calm. (So go on and stretch then, ya lazy bones. 😂)
Massage yourself to prevent nausea. Gently pressing the underside of your wrist is supposed to be particularly useful for soothing an upset stomach. (Stop short of giving yourself a happy finish 😅)
Hold a power pose. It may sound silly, but multiple studies report an increase in confidence after a big, powerful pose. For example, place legs apart, hands on waist, and hold your head up. If you really want to drive it home, say 'I got this' to yourself. (This might have something to do with the lobster 😎 as explained by Jordan Peterson)
Snap your fingers in front of your face - for 30 seconds in circles before you go on.
Singing - releases dopamine and oxytocin, 2 chemicals that enhance our mental ability.
Laughing - Letting out a big laugh when you wake up sets the tone for the rest of your day. In India they even have Laugh Therapy sessions in the morning before people go to work.
Another good way to relax is to paint
ACTING FOR INDUSTRIAL FILMS/COMMERCIALS
Consider your look. People are often cast in commercials based on the way they look. Since commercials are so short, they will often require a person to be immediately identifiable as being a certain character or role. When you are applying to auditions, consider what roles you think your look would best fit in to increase your chances of being selected.
Learn the technical skills of commercial acting. Beyond being a good actor, you'll want to learn some of the technical skills that can help when shooting a commercial. These skills can help you do your best when acting for the commercial format. Check out some of these skills to get an idea of what you should know:
Make a Promotional Video for University of the Potomac - feel free to be silly