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 🙂