I have an exciting audition on Tuesday which, for reasons I can't reveal just yet, I need to nail. I already have an outline of the script which is amazing in and of itself, so there is really no excuse to be unprepared. Or is there...
Much to my surprise, the outline of the script is just that, an outline. The audition on Tuesday will be an improvised group audition based on the character descriptions and scenarios described. Why do I hate improvised auditions so much? Past failures (See previous blog). Bad partners. All around awkwardness. The pressure to come up with funny lines. Competing with actor egos for face time. The list could go on and on. I've taken improv classes and I'm usually pigeon-holed into "funny girl," but I'm not auditioning for a writing gig. Give me some lines and I'll improvise around them. Give me no lines, and my fear of sinking into a rotten tomato abyss becomes overwhelming. I'm already stressing and the audition is a whole 4 1/2 days away!
I'm an actor who often over prepares, so I'm at a loss. All I can do is flesh out the characters in my mind and on paper, and really delve into what makes them tick, so that I can improvise based on those choices. I need to create a solid base and then take whatever comes my way and trust that the work will be there.
Of course, there are four characters in my age range, so in addition to preparing the one I have my heart set on, I need to flesh out the other three "just in case" I'm asked to switch gears mid-audition. Basically, the weekend will be spent doing a lot of work based on the hope that I won't completely bite it in the room or audition with a bum group or ruin my professional credibility in front of an important group of people.
Will I sink or swim? I just don't know.