Photo by Debra Lopez
Anyway, I digress. I was recently in an audition room and walked in and all the competition I know was in the room. I adjusted my cleavage in my Donna Karan dress, sprayed my custom wig, crossed my designer heels and worked on my lines. Folks were going in the room and because the character was larger than life, they were making huge over-the-top choices. They were structuring their acting choices around what they thought the writer/director/producer wanted. Well, that's a really smart way to go after a job. And lots of people do it. And it can work. But you might end up playing the same shallow, one-note roles over and over again.
So, I sat there and asked myself why was I called in for this role. The way it was written, they should have gone with a really big plus size girl, to make the comedy sing. It would have been the big girl, chasing the little man. So, perhaps I'm all wrong for this. But then, I thought, no, I wasn't called in because of my body, I was called in for what I know how to do.
Put someone on the spot, shamelessly look a man over for spare parts and make him do my bidding whether he likes it or not. To use my sensuality in a ferocious way that brokers no argument. Yeah, I played a 5'3" Medea where I destroyed a 6'4" Jason. It wasn't the body, but rather the size of my spirit that got me that part and this audition. This CD saw me. That's why they called me in for this role.
So, I'm saying all this shit in my head, so that I remember that I got this audition because they want something that only I have.
So instead of making the obvious choice, I made the choice that fit me. Because really, people are hiring me. Not the character. So, I went in the room and played it much smaller, subtle and smokey. It was a risky choice, but since it was true to me, the audition sang. They were surprised by my choice, but they laughed their asses off and gave my manager amazing feedback.
That's how you walk into a room, see the competition and not falter.
Because they are there to do what they do best and you're there to offer up your unique goods. You got the audition because you have something in your emotional arsenal that knows this character. Something unique to you that only you will bring to this character and many times, you'll make them re-think, re-envision the role because of you.
**You walk in with YOU. **
**That's how you deal with that fear.**
You walk in beyond prepared: memorized (your lines and the other actors by rote), looking like the TV version of what this character would wear (and that ain't no sloppy gap clothes). Even television ugly is still fricking gorgeous. You walk in with everything in your arsenal: standards for excellence, rehearsed, website/press kit ready, physical presentation is TV primetime ready. Everything that is within your power to do, is done and done extremely well.
Then you make choices that have to do with what you know you do well emotionally. The emotional types that resonate with you. Because those you can do at the drop of hat, with your eyes closed. And then you lead what that.
**You lead with who you are and you bring all of that to bear in the audition.**
The problem is if you don't know your emotional types.
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April Yvette Thompson