always eat breakfast

This week has been too amazing. It doesn’t seem right that I went from zero to busy so quickly, but of course, that’s the industry for ya. Started with another great rehearsal for She Doesn’t Bite. I got to meet 2 more of the actors and realized that I am very much the odd man out on this team. My co stars have a long list of credits and here I am, on my first legitimate Vancouver film set (not counting my second team work). To illustrate my point, let’s have a look at what IMDb has to say about the 5 of us:

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Am I right?! I feel so evil! How ever did I fool them into believing I was one of them?

I worked hard. That’s how. And I didn’t fool anyone, I feel right at home! Its so amazing to work with pros. It’s so much easier to play with people who commit and give you real emotion and character. They’re all so stellar.

Yesterday was my audition for Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory. I was so thrilled to walk into the holding room and see the words “Stratford Audition” on the wall. It has taken me 6 years to get this audition and you know what? I’m glad it did. Because I knocked the socks off of it and I know I couldn’t have done that 5 years ago. Ask anyone whose been in an audition type situation and they’ll tell you, it goes SO FAST. It takes many trips to the audition room to learn how to take your time, and relax. It really is my only goal, and I accomplished that yesterday. I was so nervous I peed 4 times in the 30 minutes I waited to go in, but when I started my first piece, the only thing I was thinking was what Julia was thinking while she read her love letter from Proteus. Then out came Joan, then Emily, then I was back and it was over. I don’t think I would say that it was the best performance I’ve ever given, but I know that it was solid, specific work. The best work I’ve ever shown in an audition by miles! Here’s is the part that young actors forget; it really doesn’t matter if I get the job or not. I mean that. Yes, it would be amazing, but I’d also be happy staying in Vancouver and working here. The win is that I left the audition a better actor then the girl who got the audition in the first place. My job is not to get roles, my job is to keep working, learning and getting better.

Today? Well, today I got to be #1 on the call sheet. It was a long day, and I learned a very valuable lesson; always eat breakfast! Holy moly. I thought I’d have a chance to grab a muffin or something at crafty to quickly eat in makeup, but traffic ate away my time and the first thing we did was paint nicotine stains on my teeth, so eating was then out. I didn’t even notice that I was low energy until after lunch when it all came flooding back to me! Rookie mistake, check! Gotta have a few of those, but lesson learned! If you haven’t eaten when you get to set. Say something, and take the time to quickly stuff something in you, otherwise you’re just not going to be able to do your best work and you’ll be miserable waiting between set ups. Other then that, the day went really great. I didn’t see any of the footage, so I’m not sure what it looks like, but Steve was happy and I trust him! I’m looking forward to the next two days. Tomorrow I get to walk 5 dogs through a park. Should be interesting!