In the process, Joe (and several others in the film) talk about something that is very specific for artists — the “zone” of creativity. As portrayed in Soul, the zone is a moment where one basically loses themselves inside of their art, floating away on a vibe of artistic influence. There’s a moment during a key audition when Joe, while playing the piano, disappears into the zone. When he comes out of it, he apologizes to the lead performer, Dorothea (Angela Bassett). Ironically, it was his ability to access that zone that likely got him the gig.