July 10, 2012

Funny Audition Story

And by funny, I mean mortifying. :)

So, a couple of months ago, I had an audition for a yogurt commercial that was set to shoot in Toronto, Canada. It's the same director that shot both the Dove Ice Cream and Dove Chocolate commercials that I did. Same casting director too.

Shit, I had this in the bag.

I get to the office, sign in, primp and preen in the mirror...you know, the usual. There's one girl in front of me and we're both instructed to grab a carton of yogurt and a spoon off the counter. Now let's be clear. I do like yogurt as long as it's sweet and flavored. The girl, in front of me grabs the last vanilla flavored yogurt. All that's left is plain Greek.

Uh oh.

I go in the room and I already know the deal. I know what the director likes and she'll be reviewing the tapes from Toronto with the clients. She wants to see playful eating, licking the spoon, smiling, good energy, etc. The CD starts filming and when I peel back the lid on the yogurt, there's a thick layer of some sort of fluid that nearly makes me gag right then and there. But, I keep the smile on my face and stir the yogurt while looking into the camera. I get it nice and smooth and then dip my spoon in and scoop out a bite. As soon as the yogurt touches my tongue, I dry heaved. On camera. In an audition.

The CD cuts the tape and tells me to start again. She assures me that I don't have to take big spoonfuls. So we go again and as I'm fighting down bites of disgusting Greek yogurt she has me walk around the space, sit in chairs, just be more dynamic. I'm trying to keep a smile plastered to my face and as I'm walking back to the center of the room, I take another swallow and I dry heave so hard that I thought I was going to vomit right there. Instinctively, I turn away from the camera and tell the CD that I can't eat another bite or I'm going to vomit. She just laughs and tells me that it's okay. I didn't even care at that point. I knew that I would never book the commercial, I was just happy that I didn't have to pretend to like that shit any longer.

Later that day, I saw my manager and told him what happened and he was laughing hysterically. He then told me that one of the casting assistants had already called him and told him what happened and that everyone in the office had also found it hysterical. Awesome.

Obviously, I didn't book the commercial and I now know that the next time I audition for anything involving yogurt, to make sure I bring my own.

11 comments:

  1. At least you got a good story out of it. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Oh man! Couldnt you try to pretend it was something good or was it that bad? lol
    Oh well, next time for sure!

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  3. Had a horrible audition today and this just completely cheered me up and made my day! Thank you so much.

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  4. You're welcome, Brittany.

    Ray, trust me, I tried. And failed.

    Anonymous, I'm glad I could help cheer you up!

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  5. Oh no! That's awful! I haven't had any quite-so-bad auditions yet (and plain greek is actually my *favorite* kind of yogurt, I'm pretty much addicted to the stuff) but my heart goes out to you - I think I'd have died of embarrassment!

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  6. Maybe you should buy a pack to get use to the taste LOL.
    Question, can you do a posting about Managers? I always read different things such as you should get one if you have a career to manage and then I read you should get one if your new to acting and wants to make connections etc. What is it really? When should you get and how do they work? Its so confusing and I think it would be great if they are the type to help with a career.

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  7. Thanks for the suggestion Brian. I'll add it to my list.

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  8. What's the latest?

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