I get a email from my agent - I got an audition - YAY! No script - pure improv at the session. Its a TV show... think intense thriller.
Anyways, I rush down to the audition, as always there are lots and lots of people waiting to audition.I see the casting director. Now let me back track...Remember my Day 1 of the quest to become a leading lady. If not click here.
Long story short -
Sometimes casting directors hold workshops to teach actors the do's and don't for auditioning. Upon a recommendation from my Improv teacher, I went to see Ms. G a well known Casting Director.
It was a 5 hours workshop at her casting studio on a Saturday morning. At one point in the class, we each had to present a commercial that she had given us as well as a monologue that we had brought with us.
When it was my turn, I got up in front of everyone. I finished the commercial...she looks at me and with no indication she says, "Now do your monologue..."
I finished my monologue...she looks at me again and says..."Who is your agent?"
So there I am standing in front of REAL professional actors, scared out of my mind...they have all tuned in at this point, waiting to here what my response will be...they are now all staring.
So I reply..."Ummm...I don't have one..."
She looked at me and scribbled something down on the paper in her clipboard. She then said, " Well then, we need to change that." She tore off the piece of paper from her notepad and handed it to me. There on the page was a name and number of a well known agent/talent agency. Ms. G says, "Because your are new to the business, they would never give you the time of day...but tell them I sent you and they will take the meeting."
Continuing on with present day....
I see her - I'm auditioning for her - the same casting agent. I get all excited and I reintroduce myself. She give me a hug. Its been 900 days since I've last seen her - and now I've been called in to audition for her! WOW - How things just happen.
I'm called into meet with the directors. They give me direction and ask that I react in a terrified manner when I see my scene partner.
They give me an adjustment - less mouth... (small actions for camera) I'm shaking, I'm on the verdge of tears... I'm feeling good about this audition.
Maybe I'm just terrified of not booking?
I do the scene. Then they ask me to try it again. This time more shaking...less crying...
Then they give me an adjustment - Try it this way.
Now one peice of advice that I'll always remember that this casting agent taught me 900 days ago is if a direction asks you to do it differently. Do it differently. Meaning sometimes they ask you for something and the actor does it the same way. So I know I got to change things up.
Then they thank me for coming in and leave the audition room. Hopefully what they saw they liked and hopefully I'll hear about a call back soon!
I wave at the casting director and wish I could tell her now far I've come in 900 days. I smile a big smile as I leave...900 days - I kept trying for 900 days...maybe seeing her today is almost like a little reminder of where I've been and where I am going.
What I Learned
You never know who you are going to meet and who you are going to re-meet in the casting room!