I had two auditions on Wednesday! This is the life of a working actress in LA. Not the one I expected when I was a bright-eyed, recent college graduate, but a more realistic version.
I received notification from my agents at CU that I would have a late afternoon commercial audition the night before. But around noon, I received a call about a co-star audition from my agents at Clear Talent Group. Nice! I downloaded the sides as my toddler climbed on my back and tried to strike all the keys on my computer. It was a nice scene on a confidential CW show and I started working on it as soon as I got my toddler down for her nap.
I love nap time, when it happens. I showered, dressed and ran lines before braving late afternoon traffic on my way to Studio City.
My first stop was Beth Holmes Casting. This was my first time auditioning for Beth Holmes, which was very exciting. I walked into the casting facility at Loudmouth Studios fifteen minutes early to look over the sides. There was a sea of blondes in the room when I arrived. A casting associate in the lobby paired me with another actor and we rehearsed the lines until it was our turn.
The audition was on tape for casting. The casting associate already knew the actor I was paired with and they started chit-chatting about people they knew. On a side note, sometimes this happens. Some actors are really “buddy buddy” with the casting directors. For my readers, especially fellow actors, don’t let that throw you. You’re there to do a job, and it is okay if you do not have a prior relationship with casting. If you’re right for the role, you’re right for the role. So, back to the audition. After their brief chit-chat, we ran through the scene twice. I felt happy with the audition. I felt that my fellow actor and I had a nice “banter” in the audition. I’m really hoping for a call back.
Next, I was off to Hollywood.
I had some time to kill and was starving, so I hit up my favorite fast food restaurant: Chick-Fil-A. I got a chicken sandwich and a carrot & raisin salad. Yum. Generally I’m not big fan of fast foot, but I think the food quality is a lot better than most places. I also practiced my lines over, and over, again in the parking lot. To the other patrons I probably looked a little funny “talking to myself” in the car, but oh well!
Afterwards I drove over to Sunset/Gower Studios for my co-star audition. Gower Street is a scary place at night. I had to park on the street, and the only spot I could find was several blocks away from the entrance to the studio. The neighborhood isn’t that great and I briskly walked by a number of homeless men who were bundled up for the night. I walked close to the street and held my keys tightly just in case someone tried to grab my bag. Luckily I didn’t have any trouble.
I made it safely to the studio, checked in, and bee-lined straight to the bathroom to change into my new outfit. Once I was “prepped”, I signed in for the audition. There were a number of ladies in the small waiting room, all with different looks (a contrast to my earlier audition). When it was my turn, I greeted the casting associate. I’ve been called into audition for this CW show 4 times now and it is always nice to see her.
I felt really confident walking into this audition. But as soon as we started, I faltered on the lines even though I had my script in my hands. In spite of my prep work it just didn’t go as smoothly as I had rehearsed. Why? I don’t know. Sadly, that’s just how it goes sometimes. And unfortunately, co-star auditions are just one take.
So, now what? I’m going to let it go and look forward to the next audition. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this Industry, it’s that you have let auditions “roll like water off a duck’s back”. You must think of every audition as a job: you go it, do the work, and go home. If you dwell on what you said or how you said it, you’ll just drive yourself crazy. You have to focus on the “win”, which is that you had the audition in the first place.
You may be wondering why I’m fessing up to my not so stellar audition. Well, because that’s life. If things went perfectly every time, I wouldn’t grow as an actor or as a person. And who knows what role is waiting for me around the corner? You may have heard the old phrase “When God closes a door, He opens a window”. Well, I’m just looking for my next window.