So, talk about recreating myself. Guess what I did this week?
I auditioned for a CASTING AGENT! Bwahahahahaha! I went to school for theater straight out of high school, and then CRASH! BANG! BOOM! I went careening into drug addiction and subsequently recovery, a lifestyle that didn't really support the whole struggling actor thing. Or the successful actor thing, for that matter (think, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Conaway, you get the idea).
Anyhoo, last year when I did Clash of the Choirs, the alternate for the alto section was the daughter of a big casting agent here in Philadelphia. So, when I heard him mention that he had an open call the first Wednesday of every month, I thought to my self, "Self? It's ON! Oh yeah, it's back on!" And then of course right after that, I thought, "As soon as I lose thirty pounds." Well, guess what? I DID lose 30 pounds. So, this week was the WEEK!
My next big hurdle was memorizing the monologue. My friends, I haven't prepared a monologue in over 20 years!!! I started off practicing it with my 6-year old daughter. Well, for those of you that haven't had the privilege, it's sort of like doing a monologue, but NOT. Because she doesn't get the concept of a monologue, so every time I pause for dramatic effect, she either asks a question or adds the line she thinks should be in the scene (and of course, should be her line). I finally gave it up and realized the best chance I had was to try to memorize it after the girls went to bed. It worked! By the next day, the monologue was embedded in my brain. And less than 12 hours later, I was pouring my little heart out for the agent. And she asked me if I had written the monologue myself, it was so perfect for me! And then, she looked something up on her computer and said she had a part she thought would be good for me, and could I come back on Thursday to read for it? I could and I did! And not only did they like how I read for the part, they wanted me to read for a second part!
So, I should hear back something tomorrow, I hope. I'll keep you guys posted. The most amazing part is while others are sitting on Facebook throwing sheep at their friends, I'm thinking about the things I wish I were doing and then actually doing them. I'm so grateful to have the willingness to show up for life today.
In other news, I put on a pair of size 10 Express pants to wear to the audition and they were TOO BIG. That's the first time those pants have ever been too big on me. And my old Guess jeans fit again! Life is good. I need to really do some serious clothes shopping. Maybe next week.