Early last week I went for an audition for a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. For the audition I was asked to prepare a light comic speech from any play, (although it was suggested to go with another Oscar Wilde play) and to be prepared to a reading chosen on the day from the play.
In my eyes this was a successful audition. I performed my monologue, got the laughs in the correct places (a couple of unexpected ones too), then I was asked to perform a monologue from the play, which I did a couple of times as the director wanted to redirect it to see how I took direction. We also had a nice little chat once I had finished performing about my previous experience in theatre and my previous employment etc.
Now it’s been about a week and a half. From previous experience if you haven’t heard anything in about a week you’re not going to hear anything…
So how do I feel when I go to auditions/castings and I don’t get that call back? I feel the same way that I feel every day. I feel like I’m part of some inside joke where I watch the entire world get mad over stupid reasons. Why would I care if one casting director overlooked me? Maybe my voice was different to what he wanted or my lack of professional theatre experience was off putting or maybe he had a different look in mind.
At the end of the day I’ve been to model castings where I have seen casting directors being extremely cruel. Even if he calls my teeth crooked, my walk lame, or my fingers too long, I’m still going to be a model. Same for acting. If my accent was too broad or I look to delicate to play the role at some point I still will get paid to display my beauty in front of a camera, whether it’s for photographs or for films. So what if he doesn’t call back; it doesn’t change who I am. So don’t take these things to heart, it may seem personal, but honestly it’s just business xxx