I always preface a good audition post with "whether they hire me or not..." because I never know what they are looking for. It’s not really my job to know, it’s my job to give ‘em what I gotn and let them decide if they can use it now or use it later. And boy, did I! I just got the sides yesterday, prepared (learned my lesson about not preparing), and was trying to figure out how I wanted to play it, i.e. Should the character be more upscale, or ghetto-fab? Though the breakdown gave me no indication (“late 20s, pretty, African-American woman getting her nails done”) I decided on the latter because A.) The character’s name was Lakwana, and I’m probably going to be taken to task for saying this (so, no offense if your name is Lakwana), but when someone writes a script and a character has a ‘stereotypical’ name, but the script has nothing to do with culture, it’s probably best to go with the obvious stereotype, so...today I was ghetto-fab! I stopped short of outlining (in black) my heavily glossed fuschia lips. If the role ain’t mine, I don’t know what they are looking for, which (as I said) ain’t my bizness.
On the way out, one of the guys running the audition (not sure how he was affiliated) gave me his card, and told me that he’s working on a project and one of the women dropped out, and he’s looking for someone of my “type” (uh-oh... lol) and would I send him a pic & res. I told him I’d send it today. And I most definitely will. You never know what blessing is going to come from which direction. I appreciate them all.
I do have to say, though, I have been guilty of being somewhat elitist about the type of work I would like to do. There are some well-know celebs whose claim to fame is (what I consider to be) “buffoonery.” But what if that’s the kind of work I HAVE to do in order to be able to do projects with actual artistic merit? (I am not commenting on either of the projects above, I’m just thinking about the character choice I made.) Whores, thugs, drug addicts/ dealers abound—am I willing to do it? I have to think about this a bit more, but my answer today would be “only if I could bring humanity to the character.” If it’s just stereotypical fluff then I think I would feel bad (even if I was cashing a big paycheck). Like my apple on the family tree had invited a worm to move in. I want to do work that really adds something to the world. More on this at a later date after I kick it around in my head a bit.