Today I went on an Equity Principle Audition (EPA) for a theatre show. Anyone can go to it, members of Equity, the Equity Member Candidates (EMCs), and Non Equity. Equity is short for Actors Equity- the Union for Stage actors & managers. When I go into one of these auditions as a Non Union member I get in line behind those other folks. Here's how it works: Equity members sign in first, then Alternates (Equity members who didn't get there in time for their own slot), then EMCs, and THEN me. So when I go on one of these and get seen, its a good day! Really anytime I get to audition is a good day, because I'm able to act in front of people. That's how I look at auditioning, as a chance for me to act in front of a mini audience.
BACK TO THE AUDITION STORY- I woke up at 640am which is early for me. Then I got ready and out the door by 8am, only to discover once on the train that I had left my head shots at home. By that time I realized my train had also skipped over the stop I was supposed to be getting off at. So I went home, picked up my headshots and tried to go to the audition... again. Part II - I got to the audition, signed up as number 25 on the Non Equity list, and I waited there from 10am - 1pm. During which time I read a new play, "Fuente Ovejuna" by Lope de Vega. Then it's 'lunch break' and I met up with friends for a quick lunch. Then I went back and waited for about another two hours. I got called in to audition at 4:10pm. I performed my Ophelia monologue.
I felt this audition went well, as in, I did the best I could with it, hit my marks and connected with the crew casting the play. Now it's completely out of my control, and I'm going to do my best to put it out of my mind. But, I feel like I worked today, and that's a good feeling. Sniffle sniffle cough.