This is what happens after an audition.
How did I do? Did I do what I planned to do? Was I present in the room? If not, why? Was I prepared?
Let’s touch on preparation. If I prepare sufficiently (one teacher of mine suggested reading the material 250 times before the audition), I should be able to “do what I planned to do” in the room. So, did I prepare sufficiently. No, I did not. Did I bomb? No, I did not. How do I know? Well, I don’t, really. But, I got good feedback from the director and from the casting director, so that is something.
So, I just admitted that I did not prepare sufficiently. Did that keep me from the audition? Hell no. I will always audition. I will always do my best. Sometimes my best is making quick choices and reading the material a handful of times then going in the room and presenting what I rehearsed. Sometimes, that is the best I can do. And that is enough. And, that often gets me hired. It helps that I have a technique behind my preparation. I know how to read a script and make quick choices. This really helps.
The Audition Details: I was sent the casting call on a Wednesday in the late morning. The audition on Friday of the same week at 240PM. I was instructed to look at two characters. I was sent sides for ALL the parts. As for the parts I was to prepare, one was a page long and the other was 12 pages long. 12. Pages. Long. I read, read, read, then called my agent and asked – no, demanded – that she contact the casting director and get a START and an END point for this audition. She complied (and, here is where I echo Stephen Salamunovich, “Ask for what you need.”). I was advised to prepare 4 of the 12 pages, and when I auditioned, I wound up reading about a page an a half.
- Do what you plan to do in the room – look to please yourself.
- Get the specifics of the audition and what material to prepare. 12 pages, to me, seemed awfully long, so I called and asked for more information.
- Ask what for what you need.
- Always do your best.
- Develop a technique so you can make quick decisions about how to prepare.