For other 149 minutes of the audition, I was strangely at ease. Maybe because it was Patrick directing, so I didn't feel like I was being judged. Maybe because it was community theatre and not Carnegie Hall. But I've shaken like a leaf in front of friends and high school audiences in the past. Maybe it's because I've been rejected by so many magazines I don't feel threatened anymore. Maybe it's because I've done massive amounts of public speaking in the past few years and I no longer have any fear of addressing an audience of 20...or 200. (Did you see that the "Hour With Sherrilyn Kenyon" at Dragon*Con is being held in one of the Centennial Ballrooms? Holy CRAP! I've made it to Main Programming!!)
I SUSPECT I spent the evening in a happy Zen place because if any of my friends had said, "Hey, Lee, wanna come over tonight and read a bunch of scenes in over-the-top British accents?" My answer would have been an emphatic "Hell, yes! I'll bring the Red Rose tea."
I had SO MUCH FUN. Possibly way too much fun, if that's possible. Patrick had said he wanted over the top...so that's exactly what he got. Most of the time, I didn't even feel like i was auditioning. I introduced myself to the actors both on and off the stage -- I felt like I was there to keep everyone happy and excited, and to read a few scenes as a favor for a friend.
I made it to the second round -- call backs are tonight at 7pm. I brought make-up and different shoes with me to work and I have no idea what the heck I'm going to eat for dinner...which probably means either nothing or this handful of dark chocolate-covered espresso beans I happen to have here in my bag. I'm fine either way. I can't wait!!
Oh -- and people have asked me if I have my eye on any particular part. Are you kidding? Of course not! Once Upon a Time I stole the entire Duchess scene in Alice in Wonderland as the Cook with one line ("Pepper!"). There are no small parts, only silly people.
A special thanks to all my blog-reading peeps, my Facebook friends, and the Twitterverse for the constant stream of good wishes and support. This is so much easier to do with you guys behind me. I have the best friends ever. xox