Boy, for a day off yesterday was sure busy. I had a callback in the early afternoon. It did not go as well as I had hoped for a combination of reasons, but I made a choice and took my (one completely cold) chance. It was exactly the opposite of what they wanted, but I tried to adjust. We'll see. By the time I got home and ate a late lunch it was time for me to go to fight call for my show. The show went well and I got a chance to visit with some friends (thanks Ryans and Davis'!) for 45 minutes and change before my audition at 10:15pm in Arlington Heights. This one was for Metropolis and it went extremely well. It is always gratifying when a casting director says you gave a great audition. I think I am right for a couple of shows they are doing this season, but what they think is more important. I hope they do think they can use me but I have done what I can do. No other auditions are on the horizon for a while, but I'm keeping my ear to the ground.
Since shaking off the rust after my forced hibernation from auditioning this winter I have really hit a comfort zone auditioning. I think there are a couple of reasons. My weight loss has given me a new confidence physically that cannot but show when I perform. My good personal habits have also extended to my actor preparation. I am far from perfect, or even where I really should be, but I am learning the kind of hard work that I have avoided in the past. I have always known the value of working hard and that an actor has to, but the gratification I feel when I have done my job well is unexpected and a nice reward. Truthfully some of the anal retentive things I have come up with have surprised me. I have created a monologue filing system in my computer that allows me to pull up a monologue by time period, style, and play. Out of character, but useful. I think all of this boils down to refusing to let the world happen to me anymore, which I suppose means now I am happening to the world, so watch yourself.