Monday, February 8, 2010

Playing to my Strengths

Over the last two days, I auditioned for a new play in Philly. I will start working with this company in a week on a workshop of a new play, and this audition was for the final show of their 2010 season. The first audition was on Sunday, and I went in with a very clear intention: to have fun and play around. I had read the provided audition script when it was sent to me, looked it over, and then let it sit on my desk for a while. That morning, I went over the scene again and made some notes to myself. But I intentionally avoided making any big choices ahead-of-time, instead relying on my instincts and impulses when I was actually in the room. Hand-in-hand with this idea, however, comes the commitment to fully honor those impulses, and to really go nuts with any idea that hits, even if it's not 100% appropriate. And so, armed with that game plan, I faced my audition, read the role, and then left with my head held high and a spring in my step that wasn't only because of the ice on the sidewalk.

Then, halfway through the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, I got the call that I had earned a callback for the role, which were to occur on Monday night. This time, they sent the complete script in addition to the sides we were to prepare. I sat down in the afternoon, and I literally devoured the script. It was a quick read, and it had some plot twists that I certainly did not see coming. By the time I was done, I had dedicated myself to getting this part, so I went into the callback fully prepared.

I got there and met Katie, the actress that I was going to read with for the parts. I've met her before at auditions and such, but I'd never had the chance to work with her before. We had the chance to go over one of our scenes, and then we were called in to perform for the director. At first, I had a few too many "ideas" coming into the scene, but by the end of the audition I felt myself shifting back to just playing on instincts. Katie and I worked very well with each other, and I was feeling myself in a nice groove. I got good reactions, I felt great, and I was proud of the work that I did.

If I get the part, I will be very excited to know I gave a great audition to win the role. If I don't get the part, I know that I did everything that I possibly could have, and the decision came down to some other "intangible" that is out of my control. Ideally, that's what I'd like to say about every audition and every potential job. I'm not quite at that level yet, but it does give me something to always be aspiring toward.


JParis said...

Hey dude! Just enjoyed Attention Customers on RHP. I'm surprised you haven't blogged a plug yet. Hope you're well.

JParis said...


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