A Rose with Starry Eyes

{April 21, 2010}   hypnosis in acting

Blurbs about the potential use of hypnosis in acting.

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{February 8, 2010}   auditions galore!

SO, my Drama as Lit teacher just showed me that online at the Journal Sentinel they have a weekly auditions listing. It makes me kind of ashamed that I haven’t gotten into better shape by now, but at least I have something to look forward to! Here are the ones that I qualify for currently:

  1. Falls Patio Players: Large cast of adults and children ages 7 to 70 for the musical “Oliver”. Adults ages 16+ will be seen February 9th. (Tomorrow! Shit! Too soon!!!) The auditions are that the Menomonee Falls North Middle School, so I guess it can’t be too intimidating; probably more of a community theatre-type thing. It requires 16 bars of a song in your key (which I don’t even understand!) plus sheet music for accompanist. Wear shoes suitable for dancing.
  2. Krakow Polish Dancers: Another one I should be thinner for! I’m going to need to do callanetics to get toned… Men and woman from 9 to 25 are invited to join the dance troupe, no experience neccessary. Rehearsals resume March 10th at some “Collins-Meyer Clubhouse” I’ve never heard of before. (I guess there’s no audition for it! Score!!)
  3. Lake Country Players: Large cast of men and women ages 16+ are needed for “Camelot”. Auditions will be held… in Hartland. (How far away is that? …It’s a suburb of Milwaukee, according to Wikipedia. That should be okay.) Auditions are 7 to 9pm February 15th and 17th; audition consists of reading from the script and singing a song from the show.
  4. Soulstice Theatre: General auditions for the upcoming season are February 15th and 16th at the Marian Center. Registration starts at 6PM; headshot with resume plus 2 contrasting 1-minute monologues.

…What’s really funny about all of this is the fact that, literally less than one minute before my teacher called me over to show me the auditions list online, I had just read my horoscope with Xang, which read:

Sagittarius: Get busy instead of hanging around waiting for someone to do the work for you. It’s important that you show how industrious you can be. It’s your efforts that will impress, not giving orders. Love is on the rise.

I immediately told myself that I wouldn’t even begin to know where to look, that I woldn’t be good enough, that it was meant for the future but for now it was ridiculous. And then when I went to sit back down after he showed me the website, Xang told me a horoscope had never worked so quickly for her. (Apparently someone from partial had the same thing happen to them; something a shrink told them popped up intheir horoscope that day.)

I think the Universe is trying to give me a signa good, swift kick in the ass! That’s what I need to get me going. I’ll be part of the Krakow Polish Dance Troupe for sure, which will boost my resume. I can probably land at least one other job…!

Ooh, I just checked the auditions listing again, and they’re putting on “Holes”! There’s a call for a group of teenage boys, and no monologues are required- all you have to do is read from the script! I think I might show my bro and see if he’ll audition, since he used to love Holes and I know he loves Shia LaBeouf! EDIT; It’s too far away to be realistic. I didn’t even tell him in case he was sad.

Some audition tips from lm forum:

  • Prayer to St Expedite: light a candle, put out a glass of water, put his picture down. Say his novena and include what you want, offering him pound cake and red flowers. Don’t give him these gifts unless you get what you want.
  • Candle Spell: Anoint the candle with Crown of Success Oil and Look Me Over. Burn it while you’re at the audition; anoint yourself with the oils and pray before leaving.

One more random thought: a short list to myself that I should follow to make sure I don’t procrastinate!

  1. Find contrasting monologues from that room connected to the library where the forensics lady keeps all her books; ask to photocopy some. Be sure to get two contrasting one-minute monologues to start with, drama and humor.
  2. Figure out exactly how you want to read the monologue, complete with vocal intonations, emotional cues, gestures, body language, any movements, etc. Then, record yourself doing the monologue on the mac. Be sure to read it slowly and give yourself time for pauses; imagine you’re in front of the judges and you have all the time in the world to make them remember you! Download it to your ipod and listen on repeat!
  3. When you think you’re finally ready to do the monologue, do it in front of a bunch of people. Xang’s family will do, or something else like that. Don’t hold back and tell yourself you’ll be more emotional once you’re at the audition- you won’t be. Get it right. Don’t let yourself get nervous in front of them, and don’t freeze or be insecure. Remember: you are the character. Any embarrassing fuck-ups are the character, not you. No one will think anything less of you for truly letting yourself go.
  4. Additional tip: DON’T rush through it! You only get one shot to impress the judges, and everyone else can wait their damn turn. This is your moment! 😛

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