Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Rare response from director

I actually got a "thanks, but no thanks" email from the director of the "lap dance" audition. It was short and sweet:

"Thanks for your terrific audition, but we did go with someone else. You should feel good about your work, though -- I thought you came in prepared and made nice adjustments."

It is very rare for actors to get any kind of feedback from an audition. So it was a nice surprise, indeed, to get an email like this. Most likely, my talent (or lack of) had nothing to do with my not getting the audition. It could have been a million different things- someone they have already worked with could have shown up; they could have wanted someone really tall; or really short; or someone with an accent; etc, etc, etc. But when we get rejected so many times (and the best actors do, often) it is hard to remember that so many non-controllable factors go into casting roles. There are things we can control, however. 1) being prepared, and 2) Being Direct-able. I feel fantastic that I was able to achieve everything that was in my power to achieve. I got to practice being prepared and being direct-able. And next time, when the circumstances are right, I'll use those skills to get the part that I am really right for.

Yay for good emails!


  1. I'm going to save this post because it is something I try to remind all my actor friends. As a producer and director, sometimes the best talent is the wrong person for the role. If Vincent D'Onofrio came in to audition for me, but I needed a slight-framed Asian man to play the role, he wouldn't get the part.

    What I forget to tell them is your point about controlling the things that *are* within your power.

  2. And I ALWAYS offer feedback if an actor asks for it :-)


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