Saturday 4 September 2010

The audition - Part 1

Today was audition day, finally! At the same time I can't quite believe it's all over - for a while, in case I get to go back for the recall workshop. This whole preparation process had really taken over my life and my mind for the past few months and now all of a sudden the stress of it is falling away just like that. I can feel a migraine coming on - no kidding!

My lovely man is in Sydney working a gig this week, so my wonderful niece flew down from Auckland to be my nanny and give me the space that I needed to finish up my preparations and get into the flow of things. I even got chauffeured to Toi Whakaari this morning and we arrived so early that the niece, the boy wonder and I got to hang out for a little while.

Once the other auditionees in my group had arrived we did a group warm-up which was led by one of the current first year students. The audition process itself was run as a workshop rather than just calling us in one by one. I guess the panel wanted to us interact with others and also provide an audience for us for work with.

We started out by standing in a half circle before the panel stating our name, age and our reason for auditioning. I was by far the oldest auditionee but I can't really say that that bothered me. Before the audition I dreaded questions like 'Why are you auditioning today?' coming up. I still have trouble putting into words why I am doing what I'm doing. I just know it's right. Today, my answer was short but came surprisingly easy, I guess because it came from my heart. I explained that I had always wanted to be more creative, do something creative. When I finally admitted to myself that acting was what I wanted to do, I decided that I wanted to build my craft, to find my inner artist and to reconnect with my creativity. And hopefully I will be able to make a career out of it.

The second part of the audition was a freeze tag game. You know, two people improv a scene, a third person stops them, tags one of them out taking over their position and starts a completely different scene. My first scene felt more like contact improv since we ended up wrestling on the floor, the second one I spent reliving teenage gossip days, and my third one I spent straddling my 'boyfriend' trying to convince him that the world wasn't coming to an end. All in all a good bit of fun!

All right folks, this migraine is really kicking in now. Curse you lack of stress! The audition - Part 2 is coming up, so watch this space!

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