Thursday, December 6, 2007

Audition Log: Times 4

In the span of 24 hours I had 4 auditions and a rehearsal. Here is a brief overview of what happened...

Tuesday night I had the pleasure of meeting with agent Ben Sands of The Talent Mine. It was a really fun meeting. I performed my favorite monologue, which Ben loved and said was the perfect fit for me. We talked at length about what my goals were, and I mentioned my desire to play Glinda in "Wicked." He asked me if I had ever gone in for the role, and I said, “No, but I am going on for a general audition at their offices tomorrow.” Ben says, “How did you get THAT?” I told him that I had met one of their casting directors at an EPA this summer and that I had been religious about keeping up with postcards. Ben seemed impressed- hopefully he saw how hard I work for my career. I am not simply going to rely on an agent to get me work- I need an agent to fill in the gaps in my own marketing plan as opposed to having him be my entire marketing plan. We finished the meeting with him offering me a warm handshake (literally and figuratively)- hopefully in the future when there is an opening for my type category he will consider calling me in. In the meantime, I will keep him posted on how things are going for me through postcards.

Wednesday morning from 9-11:30am I had a rehearsal for a project I am working on with NYU’s School of Medicine’s Primary Care unit. I work as a standardized patient, with a program that trains actors to portray patients with certain ailments so that medical students and residents can practice their clinical skills in a low-key environment. It is a ton of fun, and it a behind the scenes look at what doctors have to go through to help patients. I love doing this kind of work.

After the rehearsal I had to run crosstown to get to my audition for the Roundabout Theater’s “Crimes of the Heart” which is being directed by Kathleen Turner. The audition was an EPA (Equity Principal Audition) for the understudies- the roles have already been cast with most the of people who did this show at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last year. This particular audition was only for the casting office and they probably saw more than 150 people for these 3 roles (all understudies do 2 roles each.) We were given sides from the show and asked to choose which characters we wanted to read for, Though I am actually in the age range of Meg and Lenny, I chose to read for the roles of Babe and Chick because these are the roles I typically play (plus, the bigger the theater the younger I look on stage.) The audition went smoothly, if quickly- which is to be expected when they see so many actors in an afternoon. The next step will be for them to call in 5-10 people for each role to be seen by the director, pulling from the 150 they saw Wednesday and the countless others who they have already seen at other auditions or who were submitted by agents. It’s a competitive process, but the good news is that I have gotten another chance to strut my stuff for this theater, which will help me be remembered that much more the next time I go in to audition.

After that audition it was time to head to Telsey and Company for my general audition with Rachel Hoffman. Generals are set up by casting directors when they want to get to know an actor a little better than just hearing 16 bars (30 seconds) of a song at an EPA. I was asked to bring 2 contrasting songs that showed my range and abilities. Telsey casts some of the top shows on Broadway, including Wicked, Rent, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone... the list goes on and on. So, I was careful to pick songs that I knew would show me off specifically for the shows I wanted to do (like Wicked.) I sang a goofy, comedic version of “Embraceable You” and showed off my legit soprano (when I finished, the casting director laughed and said, “Good for you, Erin. Good for you!” - click to see my cabaret version of this song.) I then went into a contemporary, rock and roll version of the 60s R&B ballad, “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.” Rachel asked me if I was living in NYC full time now, noting that I had good credits on the west coast. She told me how happy she was to finally meet me- and I believed her (sometimes you never know...) I will be very excited to keep in touch and hopefully I'll be one of those actors she can feel confident calling in for specific projects.

After that, I head uptown to an audition for a staged reading by a playwright that I recently became acquainted with (for those of you who have seen my work- this is the playwright who wrote the “Key West” monologue that I have been having such great success with.) It was an interesting audition which consisted of me reading sides opposite a “reader” who was not auditioning with me but was hired by them to read with all of the actors. She was quite good, luckily. Sometimes they aren't, which can really throw an audition. This playwright’s works tend to focus on sexuality, so my audition consisted of me saying “cock” a few times, and I also had to show off an improvised lap dance (which I, unintentionally, made funny.) Despite what that all sounds like (and despite the fact that it took place in the playwright’s apartment) the audition was wholly professional. Anyone who doubted that would change their mind when waiting in the hallway to enter the apartment- there was a very old woman neighbor (who used a walker) who was so enamored by the process that she kept coming out to say hello. She kept saying he was “a fine, fine playwright and such a nice young man!“ I hope she didn't realize it was me shouting "cock."

My life is nothing if not interesting.


  1. That last mental image will keep me chuckling for a few days ;-)

  2. Good for you! Really! And good for me too. I love to name drop -- "Well you know my friend ERIN CRONICAN? We were having drinks the other night and she said ..."

    I have a friend in med school who just had an exam where she had to diagnose an actor who was 'presenting' a specific disease. It made me think how difficult it might be if you got a bad actor.

    ps: In the South, 'nice young man' when used by old ladies is a euphemism for gay.

  3. Reading this post makes me miss theater. I wasn't an actor, just set designer, but I did had to fill a few roles when someone dropped out, like a slave in the King and I, or the plant in Little Shop of Horrors, which I'll never forget.

    When I built the plant, it was made of chicken wire and paper mache, since we didn't have time to build it with the proper materials. It looked great, just I had to fill the bottom lip with some type of sealent to keep it from crushing, which added about 30 pounds. After every performance everyone went out for a late dinner, except me since I was soaked in sweat. The good old days!

    Anyway, I hope you land a role, Erin!

  4. groovybrent- Glad to entertain! =)

    tom davis- He might be a "nice young man," in fact. The plays about heterosexual sex could just be his beard- very interesting thought...

    tba- Thanks for stopping by, and I am glad my blog gave you some positive nostalgia. I hope you come back again!


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