I’m not going to lie. My acting life has been pretty consistent and steady as of late. Honestly, I feel like I’ve had a project or an audition every single week for the last 4 months and that is wonderful! I’m so happy that things are in an upswing for me. In order to get the bigger jobs, you have to audition and the fact that I’ve been auditioning more as of late is good thing.
After my SAG commercial in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I had to rush home back to Chicago because I had an audition for Chicago PD at Simon Casting. I was so excited for this because it’s really hard to get called in at this casting office so any opportunity there is a good one. And I’m glad I didn’t have to choose between the audition and the commercial.
My agent asked me if I was available for a “directors session” with the casting office. Sine I’ve never heard of it, he explained to me that it was better than an audition of callback. It’s a session where you’re still auditioning for a role, but you have the casting director, the assistant, the producer, the director of the show, etc. The room is full of high-powered “The Powers that Be” to watch you. Since I was auditioning for a role in episode one, I’m assuming that the producers wanted to see people so they could keep in mind for future castings of the season.
Either way, I was excited and nervous at the same time. I didn’t do myself any favors by not getting any sleep the night before, but I’m a trooper by nature and I pushed my way through the day.
Honestly, I was shaky with my lines. The scenario was that a man was being stopped by two police officers in front of his son. There were definitely some high and low points and I did my best to nail those points at least.
Walking into the room, I wasn’t prepared for the amount of people in there. Usually it’s like 2 or 3 people, but this time there were like 12 people in there – and all their eyes were dead set on me. I took a deep breath, and I did the best I could.
I really wanted to do a good job so that if I didn’t get the role, I want them to like me enough to invite me back again. That’s how it works. It’s almost a numbers game because the reasons for me not getting the role is too many to count. But if I gave a solid audition, was nice to everyone in the room and was professional, there’s no reason for them not to invite me back.
And that’s what happened. I didn’t get the role, but two weeks later, they invited me back to audition for a role in the next episode. To me, that means that I did a good job in order for me to see me again – and so quickly too! I was fresh in their minds, which a good thing!
So far, I’ve had two auditions for Chicago PD and two auditions for The Chi. I’d say that I’m on my way and I certainly hope and pray that there’s a role for me on both these this new season.
Only time will tell, but I’ve got a feeling about it!