Sometimes, well most of the time, we receive last-minute audition notices as actors. Our agents call us as soon as they hear of a relevant audition. Don’t hate! It’s not their fault. It’s just the way the industry works. You are going about your day and then BOOM! Just like that, you get a phone call asking your availability in auditioning for a role.
That phone call occurred for me yesterday. The calls are coming more rapidly these days. I received a call asking if I was available before 5 pm yesterday to arrive as a “nurse” for a live medical convention. When you get these unexpected, “day of” calls, there is always a moment of shock. This is normally followed by excitement, fear, more excitement and a rush of adrenaline.
I made a vow at the start of 2013, that I would not turn any opportunity down as long as I am available. So I kindly thanked my agent and quickly was called into action. Outfit picked out. Check. Headshots printed. Check. Babysitting for my daughter, thanks mom! Check. Make-up. Check. Hair. Check.
That’s basically what it looks like when prepping for the unexpected audition. And of course it helps to have a gracious, kind neighbor who lended me her nurse scrubs and a stethoscope.
What I have learned about the unexpected audition is this:
Always be prepared in advance. This means have extra headshots printed, bar code printed, clothing selections in mind.
Prep, don’t plan your lines or your perspective on the role.
If you receive lines, do your best to at least memorize the first line or two.
The unexpected audition can become expected with your preparation in advance.
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