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well that was awkward. 

first professional audition: check. being awkward in the process: double check.

Obviously today was the day of my first audition in the city. I prepared.... so-so for it. Definitely looking back I could say that I had not done the standard of preparation usually committed for such an affair. But nevertheless today came & I rose to the challenge as Ron Weasley rises to Quiddich (in the Order of the Phoenix, mind you). 

The ride over to the theatre was relatively calm, went down to the brown line & took it out to Kimball, very straightforward. I was halfway there on the train when I realized I had yet to practice my introduction - just the standard "this is my name, this is my piece". So in my head I went over it a few times hoping that this was not some foreshadowing (dun dun dunnnn). Getting off the train I was surprisingly calm as I found the theatre and proceeded to climb up four incredibly high flights of stairs which left me sweating and puffing. Though some would disagree - who i'm not particularly sure - this is not the best look for me, so I was happy to find out they were on a break and I would have some time to cool down and collect myself before the audition began. Filling out the form another girl entered and it was discovered that we had both been booked for the same time, thankfully no knife fighting had to occur. Though i'm not sure my dueling skills would be up to par after living in the city for almost a month and never leaving the apartment after dark. 

Finally I was called. I stepped in to a relatively small room I thought might be the rehearsal space, which to my surprise turned out to be the theatre. I felt very off kilter, and my nuts and bolts teacher Dan Schultz crooned in my head "be present, don't be a jackass." I handed my head shot/resume and shook everyone's hand, commenting on the space and trying to be personable. After being asked what I was presenting today I suddenly developed a bit of a stutter - think Professor Quirrell before he lets everyone know he's been hanging out with Voldemort (can you tell I've been reading those books lately?). After confusing the play my piece was from with Titus Andronicus, the play I was actually auditioning for, I asked to start over in a quite awkward manner of putting my hands on my knees and bending over. If you've spent any time with me in a stressful situation, you know what this looks like. Eventually I was able to spit out what piece I was doing and began. Needless to say, I don't think they were very impressed.

Lesson learned. Though perhaps i'll blame this one on Irene, and the waning moon of Jupiter. 

Reader Comments (1)

Well, at least you've got those first time jitters out now. Oh, and also that you're making some nice HP references.

August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRachael

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