The Audition Pt.2
I walked into the casting office 5 minutes before I was due, offering the young woman behind the desk my standard “Good morning!” She reminded me it was well into the afternoon and I replied it was the morning for me. She then asked where my kid was. I told her I was there to read for two parts in the Chris Rock movie. She was under the impression they were looking at kid actors all day. I was shown a seat to wait for the casting associate to come get me.
After 15 minutes of going over my lines I start to get pissed, wondering why they always make you wait. Five minutes later a thin narrow-faced guy comes out and leads me to the room for my audition. It’s a long winding walk past several kid actors and their parents nervously fumbling with their 8X10 head shots. Inside are the casting directors Matt and Vickie. I am greeted warmly and Matt adjusts the camera to record my audition. Matt suggests I sit for the cop reading.
Vickie and Matt read the other parts and I give them 4 readings of the “you better watch that shit” line. After the last take Vickie does that Tiger Woods fist pump and we move to the next role. I’m standing as the theater manager and we do another 4 takes and we are done. The entire audition lasted fifteen minutes. I felt good enough about my performance, but you never know about these things. Vickie asks me about working on the road and other show biz type questions. I notice pictures on the wall and was told they are either in the movie or being considered for it. I recognize a few faces including my stand up comedy buddies Dennis Regan, Doug Stanhope and Kevin Hart. I’m told the shooting schedule for my role(s) is around July 7th. They thank me for coming in and at the door I ask for a trail of Skittles to find my way to the exit. Now there is nothing to do but wait.