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Monday, September 27, 2010

Still Waiting...

Still waiting on a response from Together Again for the First Time.
Later this week, I will be hitting on some hot topics:

- Personal Relationships and the Actor
- Prejudice in the Performance World
- Where Do You Wanna Start?

...Yeah that's it so far...so stay tuned!


Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Wait...

Now we wait!  STRESSFUL! I think “waiting” is the most grueling part of any audition. Waiting to hear “NO” or waiting to get a “HELL YEAH”! LOL. The cast list for Together Again for the First Time comes out Monday. Ugh...(laughs). I’m laughing but I am dead serious. As a director, choosing your cast is one of the most difficult parts. You have to choose a cast of people who can give life to the story that you are trying to present to the audience. Either with a film or stage play, the words couldn’t come to life without the actor.

I didn’t get cast, what does that mean?

Uh….in a nut shell that means yo’ ass just didn’t get cast. POINT BLANK! (laughs)  I am dead serious. Sometimes it’s worth a fight, especially if you felt you weren’t given a fair chance, but in the end it’s still the director’s decision. Perhaps, you weren’t tall enough for the role or you didn’t have the skills for the parts in the production. Whatever the reason being, don’t give up. A little defeat never hurt anybody. Now, this is coming from a girl who got so many “Nos” that…I started just psyching myself out prior to the audition. I mean I did the actual audition, but I had already planted in my mind that I wasn’t gonna get it. DON’T DO THAT! If you want it, go and fight for it. Nobody but you and God knows your full potential. I mean that’s not just with acting, it’s with life as well.

So, can I ask the director why I wasn’t cast?

Honestly, I think that depends on the relationship. If you are going up for a movie role or something like, just brush it off. Now, in an educational setting like college theatre, I think it’s perfectly fine. You are trying to perfect your technique and criticism should always be embraced and given. Now (laughs) it’s not always what you want to hear, but you can’t be your best without knowing what works best for you. For example, about 3 weeks ago I auditioned for Little Shop of Horrors @ ODU. Now, let me put it to you straight— I ain’t no singer. Never have been, neva wanna be; however, I loved the show so I wanted to give a shot. To my surprise I was called backed! For two parts— a Doo-Wop girl and Audrey. FUN, right? So after going thru a lonnnnnnngggg night of callbacks, the cast list came out the next day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t on it. And deep down I was like “what the fuck”. I’m serious, so when I asked the director, who is my department chair, about the quality of my audition and blah she told me that I had things I needed to work on vocally. BOOM! I got my answer. I could have just blown it off and said “fuck everybody, I KNOW I can sing”, but I didn’t. I seeked out the reason why and now I can improve.

I’m still down, what should/can I do now?
Pray. God knows your true hearts desire. Ask and you SHALL receive.


Versatility is Key

So, yesterday we had callbacks for Together Again for the First Time. Yeah, it went extremely well…At least I think so. Once thing about callbacks is you never know what the director is thinking. AT ALL! I was very happy that I got to read for all three roles of the daughters, which definitely shows off my range. That’s what I love about callbacks! Callbacks are all about you showing off what you can do; your emotional range and physical range ALL THAT MUMBO JUMBO, you feel me? I got some good feedback…well indirect feedback. The cast list comes out on Monday…UGH fucking Monday. Who freakin’ wants to wait until Monday, you know? Well I guess I have to.
            If there is anything that I have gained from this callback is that versatility is key. Explore different options, if you get to read for a role more than once, try something new each time. Physicality or vocally or whatever. Usually in a callback that involves a cold reading, you will paired up with different people each time, So change it up each time. For example, say your character is naive, the first time you play them play the ditzy card and then the next time, play the physicality more. Get it? If not, just keep trying. LOL!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Preparing for a Callback!

Well YEA! I got a callback! Goodie (smiles)! Now I can start not worrying half to death. This is the first call back that I have to have the entire script read by the audition. Which is fine, it's just so abrupt and soon! OH, a note to the wise: If you are auditioning for a play, it's best to have had the script read prior to the audition, but in my case there wasn't a script available. Perhaps, it's an original piece? (shrugs shoulders)

So callbacks are half the battle. My strategy is: If you got a callback, you got talent. POINT BLANK! Getting cast is a matter of looks and feelings. Remember that actors!


First Blog Ever!

My First Blog Ever! Yea! Well let’s see tonight, I went to audition at ODUTheatre. They are putting on a comedy called Together Again for the First Time... yeah I never heard of it either, but from the sound of it, it seems pretty funny. Callbacks are on Friday. Hopefully, I get cast. MORE THINGS for my resume!