Last week I was lucky enough to audition for a feature film, 'Felony', written by Joel Edgerton. The audition was run by Greg Apps and BOY DID I LEARN A LOT! Greg pretty much taught me to forget what I have learnt, and run purely on instincts. He did not care about the script - only the emotion. He wanted to see what 'character' I had created, rather than what I had prepared. It was an audition like no other, and I am very thankful for it. On top of this, he gave me a real wake up call which I really needed. I got to experience what a 'real' audition was as opposed to an extras audition for a commercial which I have done heaps of. Hopefully I will get a chance to work with him again. Thanks Greg!
ps. I will add that I was contacted directly by Greg and his assistant, and NOT through an agent. yes it is possible to do your own marketing so get cracking!
I recently took up a meditation course at my university. I think it is important to stay calm and not over react to a stressful situation. Take a breath, calm your thoughts, bring your mind back to the present and THEN make a decision. I have found this quite useful when it comes to down time when I am not working. It is all about sitting with the truth and not judging the situation that you are in.
In other news, I was very surprised that I got called up for an audition without an agent last week. I didn't know that many casting directors work in this way. I always hear students complaining about 'oh my agent is not working for me', yet here we have a prime example of someone getting an audition WITHOUT an agent. interesting huh?
Lastly, I just wanted to let you know that I had my FIRST concert performance 2 weeks ago. I finally got to play guitar and sing for the first time in my life. I had lots of fun, had to memorise lyrics, learn guitar, consult a guitar teacher, buy the appropriate equipment for my guitar. I even did a live broadcast over the internet (blogtv.com/hammerhiney) to practice and I had a few people comment on my performance! if you want to see it, it has been pre-recorded and you can see it at the link I just listed.
That is all for now! I am enjoying where I am at in my life and encourage you all to do the same. Remember, it is not all about acting! you need a BALANCE! Until next time....