That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It!

By Webmaster

  • That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It!

    Don’t try this at home, kids!

    (The Anonymous Actor)

    Don’t try this at home, kids. This maneuver is only for the professionals.

    Professional idiots, that is!

    I must confess, I fall neatly into this category. Yes, I crashed an audition and lived to tell the tale. Let me tell you how it all went down.

    My Story:

    So, I was at one of those multiple audition-space locations. You know, the ones where they have multiple audition rooms for seeing actors for different projects at the same location, in the same building.

    Anyways…

    So, I’m at this location to audition for a commercial. But, as fate would have it, I’m TOO FRICKING LATE! Somehow, someway, I screwed up the time, confusing my audition with another appointment I had that day. By the time I arrived, they had already auditioned all the actors they were going to see for that particular role and they had moved on to auditioning actors for the next roles in the same commercial.

    Still with me?

  • “Darn it! Am I too late? I’m so sorry. I screwed up the time in my head, somehow. Is there any way I can still go in and read for the role?” I asked, confident they would say ‘yes’, since they were still seeing actors for that same commercial. Surely, they can still let me go in and audition.

    “No, we’ve already moved on. We’re only seeing actors for a different role at this time,” the casting assistant informed me, much to my chagrin.

    I guess they were on a tight schedule. Or maybe they felt good about the actors they had already seen. Or maybe they simply had no tolerance for my tardiness.

    Oh well…

    Dejected, I sat down and slumped in the nearest chair to catch my breath (I was out of breath from trying desperately to rush to the audition). I glanced to the right and I saw the breakdowns for a different audition, being held in a nearby room.

  • “I fit this description to a tee,” I thought. I wonder if they’ll let me go in and read for this audition. Hell, I damn-near got a speeding ticket trying to get here on-time. I might as well get something out of it.”

    My Crazy Idea

    Now, mind you, I was joking at first. But you know how a crazy idea can sometimes become a real thing? Like, an entrepreneur gets a crazy idea to turn ordinary people into taxi cab drivers. Crazy, until the world is introduced to Uber.

    (Photo: Freestocks.org/Pexels)

    Anyway, my crazy idea became an idea I decided to act upon. I signed in and was called into the audition room. The casting director looked at the computer and gave me a confused look.

    “I don’t see you in the system,” she said.

    “Really?” I said, acting surprised. It was my best acting moment of the week. “That’s weird! Are you sure? I hope my agent didn’t screw up, again!”

    “Yeah,” she laughed. “Agents…”

    Undeterred, she allowed me to audition for the role. I guess she liked my look. Plus, the audition was quick, so I guess she figured, “What the hell?”

  • Of course, you probably know how this crazy story ends. The same way all crazy stories end: I actually booked the thing! It was one of those one-in-a-million occurrences that sometimes happens for an actor. Like when an actor has a chance encounter with Spike Lee in a nightclub, gets cast in one of his movies and goes on to become Rosie Perez.

    My chance occurrence didn’t make me a big movie star, like Miss Perez, but it did lead to some nice bread, especially after the spot was renewed a few times.

    Now, you’d think my agent was thrilled when I told him this story?

    Wrong! He was horrified!

    “Don’t ever do that again! What if this was a casting office that was strict about that kind of thing? You could have been blacklisted! They, then, could have spread that information to other casting offices. It’s not worth it!” he said.

    But he still wanted his commission, though. Go figure! LOL!

  • The Moral of the Story

    I guess one moral of this story is, don’t crash auditions. Ever! It’s not worth it.

    The other moral of the story is, crazy things happen in this business! You never know when something strange might happen that produces a funny occurrence…or even a life-changing experience.


    You Might Also Like:
    How Tiffany Haddish Went From Homelessness to Hollywood


     

    Recommended Posts

  • Ad

  • 5 Basic Facts About Viola Davis 

    5 Basic Facts About Viola Davis  Davis is the first black actor to achieve the Triple Crown in Acting (by Jim Webb)  (Viola Davis in How to Get Away with Murder) Viola Davis…

    7 Self-Tape Instructions Actors Often Ignore

    7 Self-Tape Instructions Actors Often Ignore Treat your self-tape like you’re baking a cake. Follow ALL directions and you’ll get a sweet result. (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Luis Quintero/Pexels) Self-taping was already the…

    5 Facts About Denzel Washington

    5 Facts About Denzel Washington The greatest African American male actor in the history of American cinema? (by Jim Webb) Is Denzel Washington the greatest African American male actor in the history of…

    What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”?

    What is the “Pick-an-Eye Technique”? An unofficial name for a brilliant acting technique (by Jim Webb) You probably already know who Michael Caine is from all his many roles in films like The…

    3 Misdemeanors to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé

    3 Misdemeanors to Avoid on Your Acting Résumé Misdemeanors aren’t felonious, but they can still be problematic (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Niu Niu/Unsplash) When it comes to an actor’s résumé, there are differing…

  • Ad

  • 5 Basic Facts About Robert De Niro

    5 Basic Facts About Robert De Niro One of the most storied careers the entertainment industry has ever seen (by Jim Webb) His legendary roles, in various iconic films, have established Robert De…

    Netflix and Quarantine…and Watch Some Great Acting!

    Netflix and Quarantine…and Watch Some Great Acting! You can see lots of great, original movies, featuring some stellar acting performances, on Netflix (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Freestocks/Unsplash) So, this Coronavirus pandemic has you…

    7 Basic Facts About Meryl Streep

    7 Basic Facts About Meryl Streep Here are 7 basic facts about the “greatest actress of her generation”: Meryl Streep (by Jim Webb) Meryl Streep is considered by many to be one of…

  • Ad

  • Actor Stories: Geoffrey Owens’ Rise and Fall…and Rise Again!

    Actor Stories: Geoffrey Owens’ Rise and Fall…and Rise Again! Owens’ newfound fame has given his career a renaissance (by Jim Webb) “I’m Geoffrey Owens and I am an actor!” That was the bold…

    Actors Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

    Actors Who Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus The acting community has not been spared from the destruction (by Jim Webb) Covid-19 is ravaging our public health system and the global economy. It…

    Actor Stories: Molly Shannon’s 10-Year-Struggle to Beat the Odds in Hollywood

    Actor Stories: Molly Shannon’s 10-Year-Struggle to Beat the Odds in Hollywood How many years are you willing to dedicate to your dream of becoming a professional, working actor? (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) How…

    Keep Your Actor Body!

    Keep Your Actor Body! Cut Down on Sugar to Stay in Shape During Quarantine (Todd Bruce) Coronavirus has robbed us of something many of us hold dear: our weekly or monthly trips to…

    Quarantine and Build

    Quarantine and Build…Your Acting Career! 5 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Acting Career While Under Quarantine (by Jim Webb) (Photo: Ani Kolleshi vu Dazveny /Unsplash) “It was the worst of times….

  • Ad

  • Don’t Do These 7 Things When Choosing a Monologue

    Don’t Do These 7 Things When Choosing a Monologue Here are some things you should absolutely avoid when choosing your next monologue (by Jim Webb) Are you looking for a new monologue? Don’t…

    The Push Strategy vs. The Pull Strategy

    The Push Strategy vs. The Pull Strategy What if you, as an actor, didn’t wait for the market to demand your acting services? (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Merakist/Unsplash) “My career began the day…

    7 Basic Facts about Stella Adler

    7 Basic Facts About Stella Adler Stella Adler left behind a powerful legacy, inspiring a who’s who of iconic actors (by Carmichael Phillips) Stella Adler (February 10, 1901- December 21, 1992) may have…

  • Ad

  • “Tenacity is almost more important than talent” (Mark Hamill)

    “Tenacity is almost more important than talent” (Mark Hamill) (Arranged by AM staff) Actor Mark Hamill has a face most Star Wars fans would instantly recognize, even though he does some of his…

    Don’t Panic! It’s Just a Redirect.

    Don’t Panic! It’s Just a Redirect. 5 Things You Can Do to Reduce the Fear of the Dreaded Redirect (By Jim Webb) Human beings didn’t always dominate the Earth. Once upon a time,…

    Actor Stories: How Rashida Jones Almost Gave Up on Acting

    Actor Stories: How Rashida Jones Almost Gave Up on Acting ‘It felt like a waste of time to keep doing this over and over again’ (by Carmichael Phillips) Ok, fine! Rashida Jones’ entertainment…

    “Don’t be a one-trick pony” (Christian Bale)

    “Go for new tricks. Don’t be a one-trick pony” (Christian Bale) (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) In an interview with the Oral History of Hollywood, actor Christian Bale had an interesting take on the…

    5 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Actors

    5 Great New Year’s Resolutions for Actors Here are some great New Year’s resolutions you should strive for, if you haven’t already (by James Webb) We are a few weeks into the new…

  • Ad

  • 10 Reasons You Didn’t Book the Role You Should Have Booked

    10 Reasons You Didn’t Book the Role You Should Have Booked There are countless potential reasons why you didn’t book the role you thought surely you were going to book. Let’s just start…

    “Listen and React” (Michael Caine)

    Michael Caine’s Greatest Advice to Film Actors: Listen and React “Listening is really what acting is all about, for movies. It’s not like the theatre. It’s an entirely different situation.” “When I was…

    What is the “Repetition Exercise”?

    What is the “Repetition Exercise”? There are several objectives that the Repetition Exercise seeks to achieve. Chief among these is to increase the actor’s reliance on their instincts. (by Tonya Tannenbaum) The “Repetition…

  • Ad

  • “Education is so essential” (Jake Gyllenhaal)

    Education is Essential “Education is so essential, because there’s no way of knowing what good material is, or knowing if a story is original, or knowing what makes a story original, or know…

    5 Basic Facts About Sanford Meisner

    5 Basic Facts About Sanford Meisner Though he died in 1997, his work continues to live on… (by Carmichael Phillips) Sanford Meisner (August 31, 1905 – February 2, 1997) had a profound impact…

    That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It!

    That Time I Crashed an Audition, and Lived to Tell About It! Don’t try this at home, kids! (The Anonymous Actor) Don’t try this at home, kids. This maneuver is only for the…

    “Do you want to be an actor or do you want to be a star or a celebrity?” (Don Cheadle)

    “Do you want to be an actor or do you want to be a star or a celebrity?” (Don Cheadle) (Arranged by Carmichael Phillips) You probably know Don Cheadle from his starring role…

    Before You Blame Your Agent….

    Before You Blame Your Agent… Because, it’s not always your agent’s fault (By Jim Webb) You’re not getting enough auditions. Your friends are auditioning like crazy, while you rarely get any. The knee-jerk…

    “To be an interesting actor, you must be authentic” (Sanford Meisner)

    “To be an interesting actor – hell, to be an interesting human being – you must be authentic and for you to be authentic you must embrace who you really are, warts and…

    3 Important Questions to Answer Before Your Next Headshot Photoshoot

    3 Important Questions to Answer Before Your Next Headshot Photoshoot Remember, the goal of a headshot is not just to produce a pretty looking headshot (by Jim Webb) Before you go out and…

    The Callback Checklist

    The Callback Checklist Check these items off your list before you go in for your next callback (by Carmichael Phillips) (Photo: Emma Matthews/Unsplash) Are you ready for your next callback? Check these items…

    Load More