Two auditions in one day! Not bad!
The first audition was in my area – West Seattle – so the commute was a breeze and parking was plentiful. The read was for a commercial, and the copy was pretty good. The direction, however, was laughable. Very result oriented. And, the dude wanted me to act like a very famous actor on a very famous TV show. Oy!
Receiving “bad” or confusing direction is common in our world, so don’t be shy about asking questions (within reason) if you are confused, and be prepared to interpret directions or adjustments which are not very specific.
The second audition was for a print job. It was a “go see” or a “cattle call.” Which means, the casting people have no information about you (and, therefore, did not request *you*), so the pressure is kind of low, and it really is all about how you look. And, obviously, in print there is no text (not to say there is not acting or intention), so you don’t really have to prepare. The information I got from my agent is “dress like a teacher.” Interpret that, America! The audition consisted of filling out a casting sheet (a profile, of sorts), which asked for my age. I did NOT fill this out. I am not sure what the “rules” are about these kinds of things, but I am seldom comfortable providing my age or giving any other personal or sensitive information. Writing, “information on file at agency” serves me well in these scenarios when I can’t just leave the box blank.
Well, that is all for now.
Thanks for reading and Happy Auditioning!