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I had an audition in Regina today.

Sometimes, I am mystified when I think about the lengths I’m willing to go to support my acting habit.

Today I left Saskatoon at 10:50 a.m., got to Regina at 1:30 p.m., grabbed a very quick lunch, got to my audition at 2 p.m., was in the room at 2:10 p.m., out of the room at 2:25 p.m., back on the highway by 3 p.m., and arrived home in Saskatoon at 5:45 p.m.   I drove just over five hours for a 15 minute audition.

Thankfully, it was a FANTASTIC audition (yay!), and for a director I’ve been wanting to meet for a long time, so I’m really glad I was able to do it.  It went so well; I don’t think it could have gone any better.  I love it when that happens.

But there have also been the times that I’ve driven for five hours, or twelve hours, or fourteen hours for a 15 minute audition, and I’ve totally bombed, or the director has been awful and I’ve felt like it was a complete waste of time.  I never know which way it’s going to go.

I am willing to do this kind of travel for an audition because when you live in Saskatchewan, auditions are few and far between.  When I lived in Toronto, I was doing three or four theatre auditions per week.  Now I do three or four theatre auditions per year.  Auditioning is a skill unto itself, and it is a skill that quickly goes rusty if not practiced regularly.  Unfortunately, there isn’t the chance to practice it regularly here, hence why I often jump at the chance to drive an insane amount of time for a 15 minute audition.

Because auditions are awful, and because over the years, I’ve become more nervous about auditioning instead of less nervous (I’m rusty!), I often coax myself into doing them by promising myself a treat after it’s over.  If the audition is awful, I buy myself a treat to cheer myself up.  It the audition is awesome, I buy myself a treat as a reward.  Either way, I get a treat.  (My treat today was a stop at the Target in Regina on the way home to see if they had better stuff than the Target in Saskatoon.  They don’t.  But I bought myself a candle and candle holder at 40% off, so it was still worth it).

Back to the original topic – the lengths I’m willing to go to support my acting habit.

Driving long distances is one of them.  You never know how/if these kind of things are going to pay off.

When I started acting, it was hard to wrap my mind around General Auditions.  You mean, I audition, not for anything in particular, and then maybe I’ll get another audition this year or next year for something specific?  I had to start thinking of auditions more as investments that could grow (as long as I contributed regularly) rather than as a direct line to getting work.

For example, the director I auditioned for today.  I probably won’t be cast in the show I just read for, but maybe two seasons from now, he’s directing another show at this theatre, and there’s a great role for me.  As long as I’ve done my part and contributed regularly (send him postcards when I’m in a show, a note to say hi, an updated resume) then maybe my original audition will finally pay off . . . or maybe it won’t.  It’s all a big mystery.  So if anyone’s figured it out, for the love of god, let me know 🙂