GOAL - Do one thing each day to reach my goal of becoming a leading lady in film and television.
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Agent: Kate Kellner, The George Agency - 416.861.1034
I celebrated my 33rd birthday - YAY! I booked and shot my first TV show - that will be aired in Canada and the US...YAY!
I changed my hair...brown and normal...bye bye bleach blond...YAY!
And feel refreshed and focused....YAY!
I guess now is a good time to tell you what happened during my TV shoot!
So I head in to Hamilton which is about an hour away from Toronto, that is where the filming was taking place. My scenes were being filmed in an Equestrian Riding Centre...
I get there and I'm grreted my by the make-up team....In the TV show its the 80's - remember that? The crimped hair...the poof there it is...the huge side bang...YUP - that had to be my hair!
The make-up artist starts on me...blue eyeshadow...streaky cheeks...and a lot of frosty lipstick. The main make-up artist comes over and says "Umm... ya that's not going to work...she's too pretty - you need more rouge...maybe more eyeliner or shadow...just a lot more...
After a reapplication on top of the other reapplication....the main make-up artist says...yup too pretty...I'm just going to have to mess up her hair.
Then I sat in hair for a while...I got this weird looking flappy look...charlies angle style...but really messy and very hairsprayed....(I still think I looked ok).
Then wardrobe time...I get this very 80's shirt, with this very 80's feather in my hair....then they give me THE JEANS...acid washed...yucky! They give me a size 6...ummm...ya...I'm not a size 6...
The wardrobe person says "but it has stretch"...
Ya...it does not have stretch at all - none - I feel like a sausage casing and I cant breathe...Oh and I cant zip up the pants...it's embarrasing when you come out of the change room and have to say..."umm it doesnt fit...."
So now she hands me a size 8..."ummm....still not a size 8"...
"Just try it...it has stretch"...she says.
Ok so now I try it on and I have muffin top and I still cant zip or button it...
"I'm a 10, I tell her..."
"Oh..." she says.
(Cue awkward music here....)
(She didnt have my size jeans...I have no pants...my first shoot and no pants...)
So I say to her... "I always pack a wardrobe of my own...just in case, do you want to see what I have with me?"
In my bag, I have the following:
- Strapless bra / Cream bra and Black bra
- Socks and stockings - both colours
- A pair of ripped jeans
- A tank top
- A cardigan
- Breath mints
- Hair brush
- Sides (script)
So she looks around and says "love the jeans, love the boots".
GREAT! I get to wear my own pants!
The PA crew then rushes me to the set - I'm only set to film for two hours...but I end up filming for 4 hours...There are so many shots to take and a lot of set changes, different angles etc...
I hope it looks good when it gets played.
I meet my fellow actors...we have a lot of laughs...we joke around...we are serious when we need to and we are professionals when we are shooting...
Its really a great time...
Then I'm wrapped. And just like that that...the make-up comes off...the retro look is gone and I'm back to being me...
But then something fully happens...I'm leaving the equestrian centre and a couple of people are downstairs waiting by the doors...
"Hey...are you one of the actresses?", this man says with his kids by his side.
"Yes, I am...I just finish shooting my scenes..."I said.
"Can I have a picture with you? I mean...who knows where your career will go in the future..."
"Sure", I say.
Click goes the camera.
"Have a great night", I reply as I'm on the way out.
"Hey", he shouts. "Can't wait to see you in the show"
This time I was feeling really sick. I should have stayed in bed but I dragged myself out to the studio. The sides my agent sent me said. Hard edged girl, been through a lot in her life, preferable short blond hair. (I'd like to give you more details but I dont want to give anything away.) No lines, as the audition was purely improvised.
Well I can do that!
So I set off, got dressed like I think my character would dress, t-shirt and a pair of biker boots. Nothing says edge like a good pair of boots.
I get to the studio, there are 2 auditions going on...
I can hear beautiful singing coming out of one room. An audition for a musical. As soon as I get my vocals trained I'm sure I'll be in there auditioning too.
I scan the room, I look at what the casting agent has left on the table. I read a brief synopsis of the TV show, the role I'm auditioning for. I see the other girls in the room. All I know at that point is I got this. I dont know why but its like that feeling you get when you meet a guy for the first time and you know that something is going to happen between you.
I was feeling the audition chemestry.
I see girls go into the room. Nope, I say to myself, the casting agent and director are waiting to see me.
A lady comes out of the room, she isnt the casting director but someone who is helping out. She asks me what role I'm auditioning for. I tell her.
"What's your name again?", she says to me. Hey she's been doing this all day, how is she suppost to remember who I am.
Sofia Gian, I tell her.
"Well come right in....", she says.
I ask her if I should bring my purse. She says, " yes, I wouldnt leave it out here."
I leave my Canada Goose jacket in the lobby because I dont want to lug it into the audition room.
Canada Goose Jacket - $750.00 dollars. What's in my wallet - $5 dollars.
I walk into the audition room. There is the director, the casting director another person I have no idea who they are. Two very large monitors and the person that is acting with me.
I have no fear. Not even a bit. Because I got this. I'm a trained actor. I know how to book.
So they give me a run down of the character and put me in a senario.
And let me tell you. In a drop of a hat, I was there. I was no longer Sofia Gian. I was some girl that had been through a hell of a lot and was just hanging on by a thread. I was that girl.
Don't ask me what I said, dont ask me how I reacted, but I do remember how I felt when they yelled cut and I looked up at the director and looked up at the casting agent and they were smiling. I knew that smile, I knew their enthusiasm and I just knew I killed that audition.
Is there anything else you would like from me? I said.
The director said "no that's great".
I walked out of the room. The assistant followed me to great others into the room. Then she said, "Thanks Sofia for coming in."
She learned my name.
I looked at her and said "No problem, errrr but I just forgot my purse in there."
She laughed "Look I told you to take it in there and you forget it...its ours now."
I laugh, walk back into the room, I'm goofy Sofie now.
"Sorry, I just need to get my purse." I said, walking in all Sofia Gian like.
The casting director says "not a problem".
I grab my purse and leave.
I'm walking to the car and I think of all the things I could have done better. I think about my next times. But I know I did really well. So I email my agent - it's the first time I've ever written this, but I write...