“Samsung” @ Cathi Carlton Casting.
Hmm…not sure how this one went.
I had to dance and I’m not that good at dancing. Plus, I injured my back last week at
the gym and I’m still a little stiff.
I did the best I could, but
I think I…needed a little more…
yesterday I went to see THE
AVENGERS. Honestly, I don’t
know too much about the history of each character and all of that since I’m not
too versed about comic books.
As a kid I was out playing in the woods finding snakes or building a
ramp to jump over people on my BMX bike – stuff like that. As a result I didn’t watch a ton of TV…I
know who Superman is though. So I
just watched the film and enjoyed it for what was on the screen in front of
me. I liked it.
At the very end my mind perked up
to some dialogue that, for some reason, seemed familiar to me; very
familiar. I couldn’t figure it out
at first, but then it came to me.
I’m referring to the people at the very end of the film that were,
basically, talking about how cool it was that The Avengers were there to save
Back on February 3rd
of this year I got a last minute call
for an audition for a small role in a very large studio film. I didn’t know what the project was
then, but now I know it was THE AVENGERS!
Obviously, I didn’t get the role, but I mention it because it made me
feel as though I don’t give myself enough credit for what I have accomplished in
the entertainment business. It’s
easy to concentrate on the fact that I didn’t get the role, but what I did get
is confirmation that I’m on the mind of one of the most important studio film
casting offices in Hollywood. Just
last month I booked a role in TOTAL RECALL, without auditioning. That booking came from being on the
mind of a different, really important, casting director in town. Yeah, I’m making progress and I need to
remember that and not be so hard of myself…while still pushing to make this
career go to the next level.
I had a good commercial class
today; I was pretty happy with my performance. During the class a funny thing happened when the instructor
was talking about an ad campaign from some years ago that was very successful. The client, a bank, then changed ad
agencies and shot a new campaign which, I guess, was a failure. That bank is now out of business. I was in one of the commercials of the
new $100 million dollar campaign. Ha! Am I
failure? I don’t know, but I had a
great time shooting the commercial and I made good money it. I guess if one books enough commercials
some of those companies will go out of business…just pay me first!
“Cox Cable” @ Ross Lacy Casting.
Okay, so I made it to, what I consider 3rd base,
callbacks. I went in with another
great group of guys that I jelled with and had a ball. I even got some direct attention from
the director…which I think is a good thing.
“Temptations” @ Spot Casting. This
was good, simple and over in a jiffy.
I’d be a little surprised if they’d cast a black actor in this
particular role, but I’ve been surprised before. Hope I get a callback!
I performed my comedy set in the showcase of my comedy class. I taped it myself and, obviously, I
have a lot to learn, but I was pretty happy with how it went considering where
I’m at. I was nervous, of course,
but I got through it; even got a few laughs.
I didn’t invite anyone because the
only way I could have done the showcase is if no one knew about it. I’m not sure what that’s all about with
me, but I feel as though I have no friends. I know it’s not true, but I often feel that way. I think it stems from my intense fear
of rejection; and that probably stems from never being accepted by my
father. It seemed that one of the
students had invited half of the 30 people in the audience. I was amazed at how far away I was from
something like that.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do
next with the stand up comedy thing, but, at minimum, I’ll probably do some
open mic events and see how I feel.
All in all, it was
fun and I consider it a success.
“Alltell” @ Joe Blake Casting. After
I signed in an actor approached me and said, “You stole my commercial”. I laughed and was like “nah, couldn’t
have been me I haven’t booked anything of note recently. We talked a bit more and, in fact, it
was me he was talking about. It
was the WaMu commercial
from 4-5 years ago. That was the
one where he was “the choice” and the client changed their mind and “went
another way” at the last minute.
That, “another way” was “my way!”
The casting office, I later learned, knew they chose me before we auditioned
at the 3rd audition. I
didn’t tell him that though…too much information. We had a good talk, turns out he went in for the Degree spot I booked as
well. I’m sure he’s booked a bunch
of stuff I’ve gone in for too.
I did my first comedy open mic at Tribal
Café with some folks from my class.
I even had a vegetarian sandwich!
At first I considered not going, but then I figured how stupid that
would have been. So I went. I mean, after all, it was a chance to
be out amongst people…which is something I really need to do more of. It went okay…I think. I learned a little; which is good. I learned a lot from my classmates so
I’ll call it a great success. I’m
less nervous now, but still nervous.
I’m looking forward to getting that out of the way.
“The Secret Life of an American Teenager” @ Peter Pappas Casting. I think this was the fastest audition
I’ve ever had. I walked in, signed
in, went in the audition room, read the scene and was out the door in, I think,
less than 1 minute…definitely less than 2 minutes. It went well too!
“Tide” @ Ross Lacy Casting. After
I signed in I took a look at the session sheet for the day and saw that I was
one of 43 actors that received an appointment for this role in the commercial. I felt fortunate that I was chosen out
of the hundreds or even thousands of actors that are right for the role. The actual audition was incredibly
simple and I was on my way to my comedy class.
My comedy class went really well
today; much better than last week.
I have very little doubt that I can entertain and be really funny. I just have to find “my way” and get
the nerves out of the way.
Sometimes I am so confident and others times I am anything but.
“Bunheads” @ Jeanne Bacharach Casting.
I hadn’t seen Jeanne since I booked “Brothers & Sisters” years
ago. It was good to see her and
Mara again. I think it went pretty
good. I got direction on the
second take and then completely different direction on the third take. Not sure what that meant, but I
appreciate them taking the time with me.
Audition: “AEP” @ Kathy Knowles
Casting. This was fun and went
great! My partner and I went for