It’s been a while since the last post. There hasn’t been too much to report…until now. A month and a half ago I did an audition for an independent short. It was down in Olympia, which is an hour and a half away, but I figured beggars can’t be choosers, and I’ll take whatever part I can get. And if nothing else it will be audition practice.
So I drive down to Olympia, show up at the Evergreen College campus, where the director, and fresh-faced intrepid young man, is a student. My girlfriend used to go there, so I’m not totally unfamiliar with the campus. I find the audition room easily. I enter, and no one is there. There is a bottle of water and some printed sides on the floor next to a chair. That’s all that is in the room. I head back out into the hall and look around. No one is around.
I was surprised that no one else was there. I sort of expected a cattle call audition with people out in the hall waiting for their few moments to shine. He gave me a time range of 2 – 4 o’clock, so I assumed there were other people scheduled as well, but if they were they weren’t there, and either was he. A few minutes later though, he came down the hall. Potty break.
We chatted a bit. He asked my experience, and I said not much, just got done with acting school, and I’m looking to work, etc, etc. This is his first film. He seems with it, and somewhat conservatively dressed for Evergreen, which is known for its hordes of, um, free thinking, tree-hugger types, who sort of float around campus doing whatever it is they do.
He did indicate that he had gotten a lot of responses from TPS, which is where I saw the audition notice. We chatted a bit about Aikido, since he saw that on my resume. Then we chatted a bit about the movie. A mockumentary short on the subject of religious cults and how people are easily enticed to believe some things that others find ridiculous, and how this sort of thing can spread like wildfire under the right conditions.
My role was to be the Woman, a believer in the cult, and enthusiastic supporter. It’s pretty simple scene. I’m being interviewed by the documentary film maker and narrator. All in one room, all in one take sort of thing.
He explains what he is looking for, and then I read it through cold. I give it my best shot. I try to keep as much eye contact as I can with him while I’m reading, but of course you have to look at the paper when you read. I run through, he gives me a few notes, I do it again. I feel weird, since I am in this huge room, with just him and me. Luckily I’ve had plenty of practice feeling weird, uncomfortable, and winging it in acting class, so I just ride the wave.
He likes what I’m doing, gives me a few more notes, and then video tapes me. After that he offers me the part. I’m excited of course, but part of me is like, did anyone else show up? Is it just me? Still, he was laughing when I rad a few lines, so I must have been doing something right. I leave happy, and excited to do my first film role.
I went down about a week and half later for a read through with a few other cast members. Another rehearsal was to be scheduled, but I heard nothing for two weeks, then an email from the director saying he is still trying to get things together, apparently the camera he was planning on using fell through, and of course he is a student, poor, and also has a day job, so I get it. I write back, just let me know when you are ready, and I’ll be there. I’m not holding my breath.
This is the second role in an independent, mockumentary style short that I have been cast in that hasn’t gone anywhere. The other film was written by a guy I went to acting school with. He was having trouble working with his D.P., so it got put on hold, while he finds someone else. Again, I’m not holding my breath. Call me when you are ready for my close-up. Until then, I fish the audition waters.
So on the good news, I submitted my headshot to be a featured extra in a real film. One where they like pay you, and has famous people in it. Well, at least they are famous in Asia. I don’t know the details yet, but I’m going to be a woman in prison. How cool is that? And we actually get to go to a real prison and film. Sounds fun. It will be sometime in February, and they will actually pay me. Not hardly anything, but I’ll take it. And since it is a film with a budget, I think it will actually get made. This time I am holding my breath.