So ded. I think I have put in a full day's work, hmmm? Yet I am struggling with the urge to accomplish a few more things tonight...and a few more...
I love being on the casting side of the audition table, I have to say. It was actually kind of fun to sit in a theater all day with so many other producers, directors, and filmish types and watch auditions...we all chatted, laughed, got silly, had a nice sense of camaraderie.
After spending all day watching 6 hours and 120 actors' worth of monologues, I have reached a few conclusions:
1) Whoever put out a book of Neil LaBute monologues for actors to audition with should be shot. Not only is the man a fucking misogynist dickhead but his writing bores me. Yet I saw like a dozen fucking LaBute speeches from both genders all day.
2) Don't audition with a monologue about alcoholism, especially if it's supposed to be an address to the group in an AA meeting. *snore* It's so cheesy and made-for-tv-movie-ish.
3) We need to make a movie that calls for a slip & slide champion. Also someone who can burp on command, someone who can eat a lit cigarette, and mimes. Gods, I love the "special skills" section.
4) In lieu of a resume, don't write an essay about who you are and what you've done. Just...don't. Although if you're the Dancing Diplomat, you might be freaky awesome enough to get away with it.
5) If you put in your resume, in bold italics, that you can change characters in the blink of an eye, you'd better be prepared to prove it. Don't tease.
6) Under "Hair", don't put "Negotiable". Because I might be tempted to see how far you'll bargain. Even-- especially-- if you're a chick.
7) In lieu of a monologue, don't, for the love of god, write your own commercial to perform. For a beverage whose can is clearly empty. And at least get the product in the frame. But really, just...don't. If you need material, I have some lovely biographical essays that I feel are in need of interpretive performances.
All in all, though, the ratio of bad actors was surprisingly low. We have some very good people we want to call back and hopefully we'll have a solid cast in place by the end of the week.
Plus it was fun to roam Chinatown with Random, Balth, and Rudolfrassen being smartasses and eating too much Chinese food.
Damn I'm wiped.
Since last night we've raised $225!! Go us!! And THANK YOU to our benefactors! Only $675 to go...