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
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!