Thursday, April 8

what i, & most actors do...

Charlie Rose once asked a director why actors talk about their auditions, and the director replied along the lines of 'because that's most of what they do'...
and that's true, our job a lot of the time IS auditioning... only we don't talk about it... on twitter  & stuff.... cause it's private.
most actors are super busy auditioning, taking meetings... then super not busy...then super busy, then super not... and wash and repeat.
maybe auditions aren't every day, but you're busy reading through scripts you've been offered, and deciding if if want to do the part... some days, it's deciding yes or no between more than one job you've been offered and you decide which suites you... some days.. it's making a dress, or gardening or hiking.
Hollywood can get slow...  then we performers/ show folk travel and unravel... or at least i do.

So, for all the twitter or FB people who ever asked- hey Rachel...have any auditions?
 answer- Yes. duh. that's kind of like me asking you if you went to work today. I'm an actor.... it's what I do, audition and then work on tv and film projects you may or may never see. and...

sometimes the 'business' of acting has a slow, steady old school wooden roller coaster rhythm.
other times a weird tunnel wagnerian tune straight out of the chocolate factory... sans gene wilder.
other times a 'we gave you Obama now you wanna be on TV' thumping inside your head beat. beating. like the drumming in a time lords head lately, frankly.

 here's some stills (not usually available to us the actors) from...
1) the initial audition... or right before...where i was reading for a room full of fabulous in charge folks






2) the next time i auditioned on the audition/test day... where it's down to you and ony a few others.... and you read for another room full of fabulous and even more in charge folks, actually, the most in charge people, the people who run the network or studio project... a lot of women executives at this one, btw, very encouraging to see!






then, um... yeah, no i didn't get the part, but the awesome Malinda Williams did, and that's cool because she's a lovely person, and ultimately every actor gets the parts they are supposed to....  I would have been a great choice... she's a different great choice.  we're all still great btw... that's the benefit to not letting others or situations define your awesomeness.

in any field to get down to the final choices out of the hundreds, or more, who vied for the SAME job is cool. it's like getting the bronze or silver medal... you did good. el fin.

once you let go of attachment of the outcome, it's easier to be happy for others, yourself & it's easier for the body to express your art... i had fun auditioning for this project and that's golden, pony boy.
next ones mine,  excelsior! (nerd alert- stan lee is hysterical on twitter, btw @smilingstanlee i think...)

ps- ran into the ever stunning Nicole Ari Parker outside, she was not auditioning, she'd driven Malinda, (both were on Soul Food on Showtime) to the appt. that day, both are seriously talented women and still friends with each other years after working together.. that's actually not the norm in LA. lovely to see. Rachel.

10 comments:

  1. Good stuff. Stories like this, as well as stories about what actors and actresses were doing before they "hit it big" are always interesting. The process is just as important(and fascinating) as the end result. Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame has excellent pre i-made-it-big stories..

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  2. Nice True Hollywood Story. I've seen you in a lot of roles, and I'm keeping my eyes and ears open for your next! Take care.

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  3. I'm glad you are talking about the audition process, it seems brutal at times. So do you have any opinions on why casting agents/producers use rappers in movies. Not stating the obvious which is "Money" but as an example, there is a film coming out with Queen Latifah & Common...WTF.

    You cant tell me there were no REAL BLACK ACTORS that auditioned for those roles but somehow Common gets a leading male role...what's up with that? Does it really boil down to the Money ?, and if so why is this just the trend for Black Actors ? I know there are a few white pop stars that do a little acting on the side but if you look at the majority of the roles in films they are going to rappers...

    I understand that some producers want to use a "Known Face" but again, this is only for Black Folks. I see tons of Unknown White faces in films everyday.

    Did you see "Whip It" ? I guess EVE was the only option.

    This has to annoy you, and why aren't actors saying or doing anything about this ?

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  4. I'm glad you are talking about the audition process, it seems brutal at times. So do you have any opinions on why casting agents/producers use rappers in movies. Not stating the obvious which is "Money" but as an example, there is a film coming out with Queen Latifah & Common...WTF.

    You cant tell me there were no REAL BLACK ACTORS that auditioned for those roles but somehow Common gets a leading male role...what's up with that? Does it really boil down to the Money ?, and if so why is this just the trend for Black Actors ? I know there are a few white pop stars that do a little acting on the side but if you look at the majority of the roles in films they are going to rappers...

    I understand that some producers want to use a "Known Face" but again, this is only for Black Folks. I see tons of Unknown White faces in films everyday.

    Did you see "Whip It" ? I guess EVE was the only option.

    This has to annoy you, and why aren't actors saying or doing anything about this ?

    I really would like to get your insight.

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  5. I think ppl ask you that all the time because it's hard for us to believe you are auditioning and not gettin roles because we want to see you more: you're beautiful, intelligent, and you can act. So for us it's like "oh she must just not be auditioning because, well, why else wouldn't she be on the screen more?"

    Plus it's like, you know, how do you make money if you're not on screen?

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  6. Thanks for giving us the inside track on your
    "routine day". The public sees the glamour and
    flashbulbs, but don't see the grind and grimey
    periods that occur between the "blips".

    Good luck and enjoy your career, wherever it
    takes you!

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  7. The most interesting, and educational thing I've read today. Thanks for sharing that Rachel.

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  8. THANKS Queen!
    For letting us in your world...You always have something cool to say and show.
    My friends online from LA. always tell me people out there are fake as hell,but listening to you,I would not think so...Well yeah really your not from there...I know,but it looks like you didn't let it get in you.
    So I was thinking if you haven't audition for anything Tyler Perry yet?
    yeah he's a little church happy to me,but he's giving alot of Black Actors work.
    So Rachel don't stop trying (as I can see your not)an everything you wish for will come to you.
    BE STRONG...LOVE & BLESSINGS....R.D.S.

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  9. What a great peek into the process that you go through.

    I sometimes wonder as stated above what actors are doing since we don't always see you on the screen. Love the Obama reference. Feel that way even in my "lay" field, but you acknowledge the inkling and then keep going. I got here looking at comments on imdb. Love your vibe. Keep auditioning, sewing, hiking, and posting.

    btw, I saw Malinda's wedding shower on TV One and she seems to have a good group of women friends in the business. The fact that many of them cried when just talking about her and their wish for her happiness was insightful. I agree that it is lovely to see.

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  10. I can relate to all that... "We gave you Obama, now you wanna be on TV too?" Um, yes?

    How do you deal with that bias and racism? You can only shrug it off so much until you get PISSED. I see so many white actresses getting jobs over black ones who are much better. Sigh...

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