An Actor Begins

Well, here it is. My first blog post.

I write this sitting in the break room of my day job, eating lunch and daydreaming of being outside in the sun. I intend for this blog to be a place to reflect on my acting career, a way to contemplate my successes and trials. So, without much further ado, here goes!

My last audition was last Friday, for a print ad for a major credit card company. I've done these before and they aren't normally a big deal, but this one was for a shoot that required swimming. I was let into the building by another model who had just come from the audition - tan, slender, and bright-eyed - who wished me luck before she hustled down the street. At the audition, I felt like a doughier version of everyone else there; most models were college-aged, with rippling muscles and maybe one or two sprouts of body hair. Here's to hoping that the client wanted to show off the average Joe!

The guy checking me in was very nice, and said he had seen my photos on breakdowns a lot (thanks Tim!). I also saw a couple of faces from previous gigs, which always makes auditions easier. When it was time to step in front of the camera, I took my shirt off and got to my mark in my boardshorts. The cameraman was outgoing and friendly, which made it easy to put my best foot forward. However, he soon uttered the words I was dreading: "okay, turn and face the back wall so I can get a shot of your back."

One of the many things a breakdown won't show you is body hair. While I'm not the furriest actor out there, I do have some (according to most of the women in my life) unsightly shoulder hair, which I'm self-conscious about as I'm sure clients aren't keen to have my angel wings show in their spots. But hey, this is my body, and I'll be damned if I'm going to constantly shave my shoulders for every shirtless audition that comes up. That stuff grows back real itchy!

The audition was an overall positive experience. I like getting out, meeting casting folks and forging relationships with them, and I especially love the camaraderie between actors and models at these things. It's fun to see people I know, or people who recognize each other not by name, but by previous work experience. It fosters a unique relationship development in the Bay Area where people genuinely enjoy working with one another, and aren't focused on "what can this person do for me" right off the bat. Those are the kinds of relationships I want in this business.

If you've made it this far, thanks for listening. Be excellent to each other.