So I had two auditions today. One for an ongoing show related to Kaiser and the other one for a musical. The first one went well, I was confident with my monologue. I mean I nailed it. My song was fab, its been one of my audition songs for years. You know how you have one of those audition pieces that just can never go wrong its apart of you, that's what it was. There was an interview afterward and I felt really comfortable with that as well, I was just in a good place and I was comfortable in my skin.
So I get on the crowded 405 to get to my second audition. Side note: (I never thought I would say this but I miss the subway in NY because even though it would be really smelly and crowded around this time and you try not to look in the little kids faces wanting money for candy "basketball team uniform" or the ladies with their hello kitty trinkets or the homeless guy with his cat and homeless jokes or the black muslems with their newspapers or the kids dancing and flipping in the middle of the subway car, I could get to about 3 auditions in one day and not have to worry about LA traffic. LA traffic would not be horrible if people knew how to drive. Why do people merge in and out of lanes as if the bumper to bumper traffic is going to disappear in the next lane. LA traffic would also be bearable if gas wasn't so expensive and I could turn on the AC.)
Anyway I'm sitting in traffic in my hot car and my makeup is getting all shiny (the cover girl look I had in the morning is non-existent now lol) and I don't have a blue tooth yet for the new hands free law so I cant even pass the time with friends on the phone. I tryed to use my speaker phone but that's a hassle because I can barely hear people and I end up asking people to repeat what they have to say like 5 times. So I finally get to the audition and there must have been every musical theater actor in the world there. I love musical theater but sometimes the environment could be a little, whats a word ummm overwhelming. I think like 20 people asked me "so what have you been in". This one girl even asked my age and all the girls gasped. But I humbly replied my "REAL AGE" I know that's a no no in Hollywood right but whatever.Side note: I wish the media would not stress age and size reduction. Women should embrace their beauty at every age and weight. God made the miracle called woman who can carry a life and birth it into the world with different shapes and colors and she should be adored not ridiculed and made to feel less than wonderful.) My commercial age range is 15 to 25 but I'm a couple of years older. I mean come on Stacy Dash was far from high school age in "Clueless" lol and she looks great. I'm younger than that I just thought it was funny that all the girls gasped like she made a racial remark. By the way I was 1 out of 6 black people at the audition and there were about 150+ people there. 3 hours later my name was called, not to audition but to turn in my headshot and contact info sheet. I think 30 min later I went in for my audition. My song for this audition is another piece I use but its always transposed a few octaves down. Let me tell you I have not had to sing first soprano in a few years lol. The audition was a mess, I almost laughed on the way out because I felt like it had to have been the worst audition I had ever given ever lol, but I wanted to remain as professional as I could. Honestly I wanted my headshot back lol. I did not want casting to have a record of my face to go with that audition.
My acting teacher in grad school use to say "If its bad, it happened 100 years ago If its good, it happened 100 years ago" In this business his quote stays with me always. It helps me to be stress free with the rejection, off performance nights, horrific audition experiences and it helps you to stay level headed with great performances and overflow of compliments and rave reviews.
Awe what a day, what a day, but I would not trade it for anything in the world! I LOVE IT, I SIMPLY LOVE IT!