Yes, faithful readers, yours truly had her first audition for a major motion picture this morning. And not to be a day player–the receptionist, pizza guy, friendly neighbor who has one or two scenes and a few lines–but for a supporting role: the main character’s mother.
I’ve thought for years I could easily handle being a day player, and have tried to get auditions. Anyone who is comfortable in front of the camera and doesn’t quake under the gazes of the director and 40-50 crew members should be able to say, “Right this way, sir” or “Here’s your pizza. That’ll be $18.99.” But actually acting a role with many scenes and extensive interaction with the lead characters is another thing entirely.
Got an email about the audition Tuesday afternoon, the script for part of two scenes followed. Ran out to buy the book. Scanned the very long book the movie is based on for scenes with the mother to learn more about her character. Interestingly, very few descriptions. And it was interesting to see how the scenes appeared in the book and who said the lines vs. the screenplay pages.
Learned the lines and had a friend help me run them over coffee. Pondered and pondered over what to wear…to try to embody the character or not? Printed several sets of directions because there’s so much construction I wasn’t sure which way to go.
When I got there, one of the talent agents rehearsed with me. Very helpful, because it a) made sure I knew the lines and b) helped burn off nerves. Again came the challenge of balancing my theatrical nature with the comedy in the lines and the need to be real. The actual audition simply consisted of doing the scenes on camera with the agent reading the other parts. Then they send the video to the movie people…not like a theater or improv audition where there could be more than 10 people scrutinizing you.
Apparently not very many people are being submitted for this part!!!!!! But I know better than to count a single feather, much less a whole chicken.
No one said to keep this confidential, but I didn’t ask if I could share info either….so I’ll just say that one of today’s most famous teen stars is the lead.