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Dance-tress Acting Up: Self Submissions

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I woke up Friday morning and there was an email requesting me to come in for an audition, hooray! By 4pm, I had received two more audition notices for the upcoming week. Wow, this must be my lucky day. For the past month and a half, I haven't had any auditions at all, then I get three in one day. This is great news, but to be honest, my week is jam packed so I have to plan accordingly. 

One audition notice was for a feature and they were auditioning girls the next day. With such short notice, it would be difficult to find a last minute sub and I didn’t want to call in sick. No work=no money=not making rent=homeless. I wrote the casting director an email saying that I had “just booked a job” and that I will be busy all weekend. Thank goodness he was understanding and supportive. He wished me luck, and told me that I could submit an audition tape by Monday afternoon. 

Well, today is Monday and it’s time to record these sides. My awesome reader, and friend, isn’t available until 6pm and I have to run to audition #2 in Burbank. I’ll just be a little late turning in my submission. The second audition went well. I ran into a few friends there and even crashed the audition down the hallway. This day is rockin!

Luckily, traffic wasn’t too bad and I made it home ten minutes before 6pm. I set up my tripod, camera, and a light. My hair and makeup was all ready and I had plenty of time to run lines before my friend came over. This should be easy. Its only 2 pages, and if I mess up, I can always press stop and try it again. 

That’s one of the great things about sending in your audition. It’s also really nice not having to drive somewhere and potentially get stuck in the worse traffic ever. On the other hand, it can also be really hard to find a reader or have access to a camera. Fortunately for me, I have a filmmaker boyfriend who gave me one of his old cameras as a gift. (Thanks!) I usually tape my auditions at home, but there have been quite a few times where I had to do extra takes because of the barking dog down the street or the kids next door playing in the pool.

So, after a few rehearsals, I slate (tell them my name and which character I will be reading for) and begin my audition. I mess up a few lines. Whatever, I’ll just do it again. Then I forget the characters name, forget the lines, repeat, repeat, repeat. Looks like my brain doesn’t want to participate. Maybe I’m distracted because the bathroom light is on. Or maybe it’s the Sublime song that I can still hear from outside. We try a few more, and for some reason I can’t get past these lines. We make cue cards, and tape them to the tripod and light. Now, I have the sides in my hand and the lines right in front of me. Easy cheese, lets do this...fumble my lines. It’s time to take a break.

We ran a few errands and now it’s time for round two. I know the lines. This is not a difficult scene. This should have been done in one, maybe two takes hours ago. Now, I’m a little annoyed at myself because round two is a repeat of round one. I’m not sure what’s going on. I think my brain is just tired. I had a pretty good workout this morning. Maybe I used up all of my adrenaline.

Just because you have the opportunity to be “perfect” and do as many takes as you want, you probably shouldn’t. I struggled to mentally get into the scene because I was so focused on “perfection” instead of a good natural performance. I’ve taped many auditions at home, and I’ve never experienced this type of brain static. I guess I’m allowed an off day. You can’t win them all.  As for the audition, there’s always tomorrow and I’ll try again. Who wants to be my reader?