Saturday, August 18, 2007

The hits just keep on coming...

I had an absolutely wonderful week as an actor, and am thrilled to be able to share it with you. I don’t want to share because I am gloating, but simply to pass on some encouragement and inspiration to those who are on the same path as me.

On Monday, I feverishly prepared for the final class of a 4-week workshop I took with casting director/director Jamibeth Margolis. The final week as structured as a “mock audition”: Jamibeth assigned each of us a show based on our type and abilities (mine was The Pajama Game)- it was our job to research the show and decide which character we would be right for, then 1) prepare a song in the style of the show (but from not the show) to use as an audition piece, 2) learn a song or two by that character and be prepared to sing them if asked, 3) bring your audition book in case you are asked to sing anything else, and 4) bring in your headshot/resume and dress the part. We would come in to be evaluated by Jamibeth (casting), plus an agent and a musical director. The auditions were to last about 10-15 minutes depending on how many songs they had you do, and they warned us that they may give immediate feedback and have us do the songs again. Detailed feedback would be given at the end of the class once everyone was done doing their audition.

I was absolutely thrilled with the process. Not only did I do exceptionally well, but my classmates also were amazing and I got a real sense of how valuable it is to take class along side other talented performers. The feedback was incredibly valuable, and I left the class feeling like I had really chosen the right profession, which (as other performers know) is in stark contrast to how you feel most of the time when you leave an audition. So, that was a very good day.

Tuesday evening I was sitting at home enjoying “The Notebook” on Netflix, when I got a call from Michael Cassara Casting, asking me to come to audition for a lead role in a show at the New York Musical Theater Festival. Now, I am scheduled to go out of town both from Sept 5-11 and Sept 18-23, which are smack dab in the middle of rehearsals. But I was happy to be called and went to the audition on Wednesday afternoon. It went well and I left the audition feeling like I had delivered for Michael and given them everything I had- now it was up to them to decide whether I was the right fit for the production. When you are as prepared as you can be, there can’t be any worries. Once I deliver a prepared audition, there is nothing left to be done and I know that I have done my job. I haven’t heard anything yet, and it is just as well. I don’t want to have to alter my travel plans, but certainly would if I had to. But the fact that I was called means that I did my job the other times I auditioned for Michael. I have shown him that I have some talent, and I am worth calling in. He also mentioned that he appreciated that I kept him updated by postcard. What a validation for all of the marketing work I have been doing!

The icing on the cake this week is that I got a call from the agent from Monday’s workshop, asking me to come in for a meeting on Monday. (Not sure if I mentioned to you that I am currently seeking new representation- so this is a big deal!) I feel like one hurdle has been jumped already- he has seen me perform 3 songs, he knows I am direct-able, he knows that I am easy to work with because he saw my audition process from beginning to end and saw me accept feedback easily. So now it is just a matter of finding out if our philosophies match, and if we think it would be a good partnership. I have to say, this agent was incredibly approachable and he seems like someone I would really love to have on my team. We’ll have to see how everything goes on Monday. I’ll be sure to give you an update when I know anything.

So, that’s it! Oh, also, I am also proud to say that I have successfully started my new coaching business for actors (focusing on the business side of show business.) I will be posting the particulars in a subsequent post. But in the meantime, feel free to check out my website, The Actors' Enterprise at www.theactorsenterprise.org.

Have a great weekend!

1 comment:

  1. /does a little happy dance for the good acting week!

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