No matter where you are in the business, either as a beginner or a seasoned veteran, you will always have to audition. It’s the process that clients and casting directors use to pick the best talent for the job. When I first started out a few years ago, I just made up my mind that I would enjoy the process and do the best that I can possibly do which meant to be on time, be prepared, and relax.
I’ve been in Chicagoland for about two weeks now and already I’ve gone on two auditions! It may not be much to some people, but it’s very exciting for me. Honestly, reflecting on things now, I didn’t go on tons and tons of auditions in Minnesota. I had one or two, the most, a month. I still managed to book work through my agents and direct bookings and such, but there weren’t a ton of auditions for me to go on, but I can already tell that auditions are a really big thing here in Chicago. And I think that’s great! Two weeks in and I’m already on the hustle!
My first audition was for a commercial for a company that’s located in Oklahoma. The commercial will be shot there and they will be flying their actors out there for a few days to shoot it too. It sounds like a really big gig to me and I felt blessed that I was given the opportunity to audition for it. I’ve never been in the running for a shoot that filmed out of state, but that seems to be the norm around here.
And just a few days later I got a call for another audition! This one was for a local beer company. I portrayed a “Fun Guy” at a party in various scenarios like calling into work sick and flirting with a bunch of girls.
Both of these were very fun auditions and I felt good after leaving the casting offices. Of course, I would be thrilled to have booked these jobs, but that wasn’t my main focus going into the auditions. Stressing about booking the job makes me nervous so instead, I always try to focus on being prepared, knowing my lines, being professional and leaving a good impression so that the casting directors will invite me back in the future. I’ve been to auditions in the past where I wasn’t the best fit for the role I auditioned for, but the client liked me so much, they casted me in a different role. You just never know what can happen.
So, this is the beginning of my new journey in a new city, with new agents, and a new market. I’d say that I’m off to a good start. I don’t know if I’ll ever master the auditioning process, but I do know that the more of them I go on, the better I get at it.