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Dance-tress Acting Up: Be Prepared

Wow, Monday was a crazy day. I was on my way home from an audition Thursday and found out I had another audition email in my inbox, Hooray! I got home, made a dentist appointment for Monday morning, then began reading information for my next audition. It was also on Monday, but it was a Skype audition since the casting office is in New York. I read the sides and was feeling pretty confident that I could rock this character. Friday comes along and I get another audition for Monday. Wow, I rarely even get auditions now I have 2 in one day. Must be my new headshots ;)

Weekends are usually insanely busy for me. I work all morning/afternoon both Saturday and Sunday, then Saturday night I had a show in Glendale, then Sunday after work I had a photo shoot for the new dance company I am joining. Didn’t get home till 7:30pm. Unfortunately, there just wasn’t much time to give my auditions the proper time I’d like to prepare.

I set my alarm nice and early for Monday so I can organize my thoughts, plan out the day, and get ready. Boom, I realize right away that I don’t have any head shots printed out. I quickly place a print order at Target to be picked up within an hour and a half. I start reading my second audition sides (the dialogue they want you to read from the script) and decided that I would need more time then allotted to feel good about my performance. Looks like I was going to have to reschedule my dentist appointment. Oh well.


Then, I get online to make sure my Skype was ready to go. Yikes, I can’t connect. Remember all of those computer problems I was griping about on Facebook?  Well I’m still using my back up computer and its not quite up to date. Shoot. So I make a new Skype account thinking that it would solve the problem - it didn’t. Fortunately, my boyfriend gave me a desktop computer to use for editing. The internet is better on there anyway, so I put that bad boy together, sign into Skype again, only to realize there is no webcam on there! Ah. This is a problem.

Well, I hurry my butt over to Target to pick up a webcam. The second I walk in I notice that they are renovating the photo center and it is CLOSED! Yes, Closed! Holy freak out. Get my web cam (it’s not mac compatible, but I would rather try than not try at all. It was the only one they had), then get over to the help desk to get info about my print order that should have been ready. Turns out that I ordered prints from the other Target in town. Who has time for this? When I placed the order, I usually just click the first one that pops up after I enter my zip code for location. Oops, my bad for not realizing that they had taken this location option away since it was renovating.

Time to get this Skype audition rolling. I had 10 minutes before the audition was supposed to happen to make sure everything was finally working properly. I call my mom up and make her Skype with me ASAP. The video looked GREAT! But… I couldn’t get the microphone to work. I tried many different things, but no luck.  F it. Fortunately for me, casting called and apologize for not calling me and that they had an emergency and wasn’t able to make the call. Whew, I dodged a bullet. She said she would call the following day and reschedule. That was 2 days ago now and I haven’t heard from her.


So, time to focus on the next audition. I made a new order at CVS for my headshots and waited about another hour or so to get the email stating that the pictures were ready. Never got the email, but I had about an hour to make it to the audition. They were stopping at 5pm and it was now 4 pm. Luckily, my picture was ready and the 405 was gracious. I made it to my audition at 4:50, and was the very last person to go. Still haven’t decided if this was a good thing or not.

When I walked into the room there were about 6 men sitting across the table with their arms crossed. I guess the actress who went before me didn’t have the greatest luck. They were all griping and complaining about her audition RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME! “Did she just get those sides right now”, “that was just horrible”… um…ugh… ok, I have no idea what just happened, but I’ll just sit there and smile.

Finally someone apologized, then everyone just got quiet and stared at me as if I should just start reading. Normally you wait for the casting director to tell you to slate (state your name, role, show your profiles, whatever else they want to know directly to the camera) or let you know what they want you to do. None of this happened and there was no camera. No big deal. It was the end of the day, I can imagine they were just tired and just wanted to go home.

So, I read my lines, and the first thing I heard was, “very good, thank you for being prepared”. Whoa, imagine if I had shown up without a headshot? After all of the mornings shenanigans, I had planned on just showing up empty handed, “they’ll have my audition on tape anyways”. They specifically said to bring one in the original audition email and stated exactly what they wanted on the back of the headshot. They also specifically said do NOT attach a resume to the back. I knew it was important, but life wasn’t quite participating in the game. I just wanted to do my best.

I guess the moral of this story is be prepared! Read ALL of the information that is given to you. Perhaps this is a test to see if you can follow directions. For me…this was the final kick in the butt I needed to take my computer in for repair. $300 and I should have it back next week J

Oh, and for those wondering why I didn’t just use my iPhone for Skype, well my phone also has issues and wifi at my place is horrible.