Thursday, April 29, 2010

...that is the question

To audition or not to audition?

That was the question going through my mind yesterday. The One Act Festival is coming up again at the end of this quarter and auditions were held yesterday.

I went. Big shocker I know.

The reason why I was not sure if I wanted to audition however was because I do already have the Student Stage play and I still have classes and other stuff to take care of...

(A beat)

Gosh, that just sounded so lame. I really had no reason not to audition yesterday and I am so glad I did.

The main reason I wanted to audition was because so far I have never had a really great audition. I have gotten some roles, but I know that my auditions have not been my... strongest attribute.

I wanted to change that yesterday, and I think I did.

I was standing in front of the audition room looking over the nine monologues to choose from and my eyes came across Martin McDonaugh's The Pillowman.


This audition was extremely better than my monologue audition from last year. Last year I felt like I did nothing right, but this year I did little wrong.

I did what I set out to do in that audition; it was my best one yet.

...and today?

I had a callback.

It is all about the little steps that get you up the mountain.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Call me Colin

I will be acting one again.

This post is long overdue, (by about two weeks) since I auditioned on the 11th and found out then that I will be doing the play. It is another one act similar to the one I did last year, but a little longer in time and this one is student written. It's also a love story ensemble (as I call it) which is in the same genre as the play I did last year.

However, this character will offer much more of a challenge to play, which is great. I won't go into too many specifics but I'll say that Tom Hanks, Al Pacino (twice), Robert Downey Jr., Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Sean Penn, Ian McKellen, Colin Firth, Greg Kinnear, Anthony Hopkins and Matt Damon have all played roles similar to this. So those names kind of made me stick with this play, because I feel like it will be good for my craft in the long run.

In a side note:
Someone today asked me "how are you going to have time for this?!?!" in a ridiculing, confrontational, and just plain offensive tone that I did not too much appreciate. I answered it by downplaying my part and saying that it wasn't too important, and it's not that important in the grand scheme of things. It's a one act play, that is student written and student directed, at a small time college on the California coast. Not that big of a deal. But you know what, it's a big deal for me. It's important to me, and that is all that this person who asked me should really care about.

How am I going to find time for this, you ask?

Well, since this is what I want to do more than anything else in this world, since I have a dream in this life that I intent to follow and see through till the end, I think I am going to take this pretty serious, and I think I am going to make some time for it.

To the person who asked that question, you don't need to worry about how I am going to make time for this, or how much time I am going to take for this. If it means sleeping one less hour a night to practice lines, fine. But the really answer is: I am going to take however much time I need to give this character the life and respect he deserves, so that when I am out there under the lights, I get it right.

Much more soon to come... because I'm back behind the curtain.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Call me...

note to self:

quit being a bum and write the post

you bum

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

very interesting

This interesting man looks familiar...

Check it out.