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19 Audition Moments That Every Actor Knows To Be True

"I'm sorry. Can I start over?"

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1. When your audition is scheduled at 1 p.m. but you don't get seen for another two hours.

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Casting: "Sorry. We were backed up."

You: "It's OK!"

Your head: "I HATE YOU ALL!!!"

2. When you wake up at 2 a.m. to get in line for a 6:00 a.m. open call AND YOU DON'T EVEN GET SEEN.

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3. When you finally get seen and they spring this bullshit on you: "So... there's a performing fee."

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Me: "So, I get paid $40 a night?"

Casting: "No. You pay $40 a night."

Note: If you're a "theater company" that does this, you are a piece of shit.

4. When you go to an audition and the only parking available costs $10, but you desperately need it.

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My mind: "I love doing this. I love doing this. I love doing this. Ilovedoingthisilovedoingthisilovedoingthis..."

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5. When you spend hours looking for the perfect monologue.

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6. When you're practicing your monologue/scene on public transportation on the way to your audition, and everyone looks at you like O_o...

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7. ...Then you walk into the audition room and totally space out on the monologue you were going to do.

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"To be or not to be........................................................................................."

8. And then you PAINFULLY ask, "I'm sorry. Can I start over?"

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9. When you're going to sing a song, and the accompanist doesn't play at the tempo written on the sheet music.

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10. When you work on a scene that was given to you three days ago, and you walk into the audition room, and they give you a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT SCENE at the very last minute.

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Casting: "We actually want to see you do this scene."

Me: "Sure! No problem!"

My mind: "WTF IS THIS SHIT?!?!?!?!?!?"

11. When after performing the monologue of your life, and absolutely killing it, the people behind the desk just say, "...Thanks."

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12. And it's even worse when they stop you in the middle of your 16-bar song that you've been working on for days.

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Them: "THANK YOU!"

Me: "Thank you!"

My Mind: "SHITSHITSHITSHITSHITSHIT!"

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13. When you just want to strangle that one person who's practicing their song in front of everybody while you're waiting to go in.

14. When you're asked to read a scene with someone, and that person is as flat as a dead fish.

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Me: "I LOVE YOU! DID YOU HEAR ME?! I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART!"

Fish scene partner: "I love you too." -_-

My mind: "God fucking damnit."

15. When you're scheduled for a callback with one day notice.

Casting: "We'd like to see you again!"

Me: "YAY!"

Casting: "Tomorrow at 7:30 a.m."

Me: "Uhhh..."

Casting: "Come in with the assigned two-page monologue memorized."

My mind: "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!!"

16. When you have to call out of work because of your callback.

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Me: "I'm... uh... sick..."

Work: "That's the fifth time in two weeks."

Me: "...Please don't fire me."

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17. When the opening number of Chorus Line just gets you on a very deep level...and your non-theater friends don't understand why.

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GOD I HOPE I GET IT! I HOPE I GET IT! HOW MANY PEOPLE DOES HE NEED!

18. That awful feeling you have when you totally bombed the audition.

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You want to quit acting and never do it again. You'll think you're no good and you'll never make it.

19. But if you keep trying and don't quit, you'll end up getting the part. And it makes the whole damn process worth it.

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So keep doing your thing and break a leg!

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