A Successful Audition!

Today was a victory indeed! 

I was overjoyed to have a successful audition for Gateway Playhouse! (summer season includes: South Pacific, Mary Poppins, 42nd Street)

Last night a friend mentioned she was going, so I tagged along for the ride :) Auditions are always a great excuse for sitting around and hanging out/catching up in the waiting room with friends in the business. This morning it was the Actors Equity Building (above the Times Square McDonald’s ;)

I didn’t show up quite early enough to get a time slot (they were all taken by 8:45 am (appointments started at 9:30) but I ended up being 28 on the “alternate list” (for this who are curious…when people with appointments don’t show up, they fill in the no-shows with people from the alternate list) and I managed to get seen right before lunch! 

One of my most treasured moments of today was standing in the small holding room, gazing out the window with wonder at the neighboring skyscraper, taking in the rows of cubicles and fragments of the manhattan skyline. How do I get to live here!? What a dream come true! My heart bursts to think of the many actresses before me who have come to the city with dreams of being in show business.

My song came from a place of joy and honest love for musicals. I had so much fun singing “I Got Rhythm”, letting the catchy little tune take me on a ride, and grinning on the inside as the panel of three scribbled notes on my resume (this is usually a good sign ;). I felt confident in my acting and singing, and like I brought a simple but solid audition selection. 

It’s the little victories! Feeling proud of my work today! 

Hard lessons I’m learning…

You must be prepared before you go into an audition room. “Winging it” is risky business.

Getting into a rhythm of auditioning is hard! It’s such a strange thing…. You wake up and try and beat the crowd to midtown to get an audition slot. Sign up usually starts around 8:30 or 9 am. (There are generally about six people for every 20 minute time slot) By the time I got to the front of the long snaky line, the earliest appointment was 12:10pm.

I passed some time with a friend at a coffee shop (made friends with a couple Argentinian tourists) and headed back to Telsey (on 43rd street) around 11:30.

I’m thinking about adopting some sort of pre-audition routine or ritual. I didn’t warm up for this one, and come to think of it, I didn’t ever really practice the song in front of someone. It’s one thing to sing it out loud for yourself in the apartment. It’s something else entirely to stand 12 feet in front of two people sitting behind a table. It’s so strange…

I sang my first song, and afterwards, they asked for a second “more-contemporary” piece. Well, I was taken by surprise, and thankfully had a song to match the style they were looking for. I hadn’t sung through it, though, in over two months! Eeeek. It started and ended weak, with a couple good moments in the middle.

Moral of the story: Discipline. I need to spend some time brushing up on material and organizing my binder, so that I can put my best foot forward.

Glory. Looking down 110th street.

Glory. Looking down 110th street.

An agent!

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with an agent from Gotham Talent Agency. This is a huge step in the business, having an agent who can submit you for projects and set up audition appointments! I’m so looking forward to freelancing with Cynthia!

An actor friend of mine and former Gotham Talent client had given me her name a few years back when I first came to New York. While answering emails last week, I came across her address and composed an email to see if she was, by chance, taking on any new clients this year. Lucky for me, she said she was just thinking their office needed a young soprano! I’ll count my blessings :)

Today I sloshed through the piles of snow in Times Square to drop off a stack of freshly stapled headshots and resumes.

"Let the storm rage on"
- Frozen (but, literally. It’s 10 degrees.)

Newsies ECC Dance Call

10 am, Pearl Studios. The assistant choreographer of Newsies taught a portion of the tap number from “King of New York”.

He was very kind, giving us plenty of time to pick up the steps, and thoroughly breaking down each section, answering any questions along the way. I had it, but when I danced in my group of 5, I got on the wrong foot on the 3rd count of 8. I struggled to get back in step and finish strong. Well…It was a great free tap class … ;)

Out of my group of 30, they kept 5 of the ladies to sing. My friend Jennifer being one of them!

3 Bucks… 2 Bags… 1 Meal… 

And these are the days we’ll remember…

#gypsies #harlem

3 Bucks… 2 Bags… 1 Meal…

And these are the days we’ll remember…

#gypsies #harlem

Nuns spotted in Bryant Park :) These ladies can skate!

Nuns spotted in Bryant Park :) These ladies can skate!

Times Square. #colorful

Times Square. #colorful

allthingseurope:

Würzburg, Germany (by blincom)

Love.

allthingseurope:

Würzburg, Germany (by blincom)

Love.

Bright lights. Big City.

Bright lights. Big City.