I had an audition at 11 am this morning, so I shredded at Level 1 for 30 minutes and gobbled down a (practically) free breakfast before getting gussied up.
…with some plain Oikos organic greek yogurt courtesy of Stonyfield and a teeny bit of stevia extract from NuNaturals -
Topped with Whit’s Giveaway Peanut Butter Puffins and (the one thing I did buy) some organic raspberries.
This looked uber gross – and I admit it was kinda hard eating something that looked like clay. But it didn’t taste too bad, and actually, by the time I was done I thought, “I could do this again.”
However, looking back at the pictures, I’m not so sure.
It took about an hour to do my hair and makeup, squeeze into my “sexy lawyer” outfit and another hour to drive downtown, park, find the casting office, and drive back. Time it took to actually audition? 2 minutes.
Alison had asked this question:
What is a typical audition like? Do you get the entire script for a film/TV show? Do you have to sign something saying you won’t let anyone else read the script – seems risky to have lots of auditioning actors carrying around scripts that could end up on the Internet.
The answer varies; sometimes I get an entire script which is sent via email, sometimes I don’t. But I do always get what are called “sides” – a few scenes from the script to prepare for the audition and a “breakdown” which is a description of the character. There have been some cult-y, top-secret projects I’ve read for, and for those the sides can sometimes be from old scripts (they just want to see how you read their material). But with majority of the projects, there isn’t a confidentiality risk – most actors are professional enough that they wouldn’t go posting this stuff on the internet – they could risk pissing off the producers and potentially shooting themselves in the foot for a future role. This is the same reason why you won’t see me blogging about exactly what projects I’m auditioning for or working on – until it’s airing or ready to be released, there’s no reason to jeopardize a job by talking about my personal experiences, good or bad.
So anyway, today’s audition is what’s called a “pre-read,” which is when the casting director doesn’t know who you are and wants to make sure you’re right for the part before putting you in front of all the producers and the director (a “callback” or “producers session”). Depending on when the producers session is (sometimes the same day, sometimes later that week) you find out pretty quickly if you’ve gotten a callback or not. I try to forget about it and let it go unless I hear otherwise.
When I came home and wiggled out of my tight office clothes, I noticed I was getting that old familiar binge-y feeling, the feeling I usually get when I’ve finished an audition or a project and I don’t know what’s going to happen next. In the past, I would usually give in and binge (probably because I had been starving myself beforehand too). So today I took a few deep breaths, said nice things to myself, and tidied up the house instead.
One thing with my eating disorder that I’ve learned is that it’s about predictability and dependability – I like being in control and knowing what’s going to happen and if I don’t, it can manifest in a strong desire to eat, even when I’m not hungry. That’s because I always know how I’ll feel after bingeing – horrendous – but at least I can count on it. I’ve replaced that behavior with cleaning now – I always feel accomplished and the end result is consistently the same.
After an hour and a half, my place was sparkling and I was legitimately stomach hungry so I had a starving salad -
Mixed greens, organic sweet potato, chickpeas, bell peppers, avocado, and salsa.
And speaking of auditions, tonight is my last night of auditioning class! I can’t believe six weeks have flown by so quickly. I highly recommend this particular class to any actors in Los Angeles; Robert D’Avanzo is a terrific teacher and it was a good way to get my feet wet again after a year-long hiatus.
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