Auditions for my short film “Storm in a Double D Cup” were held last Tuesday at the historic Mechanics Institute Hall in Guildford WA. At $12 hire an hour it met my budget ($0) and my expectations as an audition space.
It is a charming little hall, with a kitchen built on, a meeting/dining space which I used as the actors waiting space, an upstairs area (you could almost live there!), the stage and the hall.
I sat myself in the corner, set out my scripts, audition notes, water bottle. Just before leaving home and heading off to the hall – a little panic stricken – I said to my husband, “What am I doing – why am I putting myself through this!” Alf responded with a smile on his face and a comforting hand on my arm – “Baby you are making your dream happen – just think – the actors are going to be the nervous ones”. Thank you my darling.
My dear friends Penny and Nicola were helping me with the auditions, Penny was on the door, greeting the actors, offering them water, scripts, talking to them. I asked the actors auditioning to choose the 2-3 pages to read from the draft script I had sent them. Nicola was reading opposite the actors – and I realised two seconds into the first reading (hindsight – that beautiful thing) that I had multiple characters on one page and had turned Nicola into a schizophrenic! Luckily I had a bottle of Upper Reach 2013 Chardonnay on hand for the girls.
It was a rainy, stormy day in Guildford – I’ve cast the two male roles – and having auditioned 4 for the roles of Tom and James I feel dreadful I couldn’t offer the other two very good actors roles as well. I’m just sending my emails now to actors who didn’t get the parts – not a very enjoyable thing to be doing. Still have a couple of female parts to fill, but the roles of Storm and Winsome are filled and I couldn’t be happier!
An actors life – wow – I couldn’t do it – taking 2-3 hours out of their day to go to an audition for a role that they may or may not be paid for even if they get it! I’m self-funding my film so am basically just providing food, water and petrol costs during the shoot. Grateful to all the actors who auditioned for parts in Storm in a Double D Cup – huge hugs and thanks to Penny and Nicola for helping me through my first audition! xx