After all of my years in the modelling industry, I still get thrown curveballs every now and again.
Whether it be an unexpected performance or a strange audition, you just have to take it in your stride, remain calm and do your very best.
A spanner was thrown in the works at one of the auditions I attended recently and this was how I handled it.
I received an audition brief for a telecoms company which was worth a lot of money. The catch was that I had to be in my bikini which is not an easy thing for me.
But I sucked it up and decided to do it not only because of the cash but also because I am a performer and I like a challenge.
My agent informed me that they had sent my photo forward for this particular role and the casting director had asked to see me so it was almost a sure thing.
Preparing for the audition
I filmed a video of myself getting ready (To view the video click here). I put together the perfect outfit for the rooftop pool party scene, did my hair and makeup like a hipster and had my bikini on underneath.
My bikini was on underneath
I made sure to get there half an hour early and waited until it was my time to go in.
I had noticed on the brief that they were asking for white performers but there had obviously been a miscommunication between my agent and the casting director and the role must have changed the day before because there were no coloured women there at all.
At the audition
The casting director then called in all the black artists for a completely different scene, leaving behind all the white performers. At this point I realised that something was amiss and quickly went in to ask what role I was actually there to audition for.
There were numerous people in the casting room already and when I asked the director if I was there for the pool scene, he pointed out to me that I was not the right race for the role. It was awkward and a little embarrassing but I made a joke of it, sucked it up and stayed in the room for the audition. (For more info about auditions click here)
What to do when you are blindsided
By now I was entirely out of my comfort zone because I had not seen the brief for this role, I had no idea what the scene was, what role I was playing or what was expected of me.
Turns out it was for the role of a makeup artist and we were meant to bring our own props for the scene.
Instead of getting flustered, I remained calm, allowed one group of people to audition so that I could see what performance was required. It was fairly simple, pretend to be touching up the makeup of a model. It was a scenario I could relate to because it was something I have been watching since I began my modelling career.
And one, two, three, I was up. I grabbed lipgloss out of my bag. Stepped forward while camera was rolling and told the pretend photographer that the model needed some touching up. I stepped in and pretended to do her makeup and that was it.
I didn’t think too much of it because I wasn’t well prepared and it was pure improv. In fact I was worried that I had screwed it up entirely.
After the audition
A couple of days ago I received an email saying that I had been short listed and was in the running to be selected for the role.
I still can’t believe it and it will be a while before I find out if I got it or not.
Hopefully I do get it because the money is good but even if I don’t, the fact that I was short listed is good enough for me.
It shows me that my performance is strong enough that even when I am thrown entirely in the deep end, I can do what is needed of me and pull out a stellar performance.
I have just found out that I was CONFRIMED on this job. I have been booked, with no call back and will be shooting next week Friday! I am incredibly excited and can’t wait to do it!