funny auditions

  • Steven Elliott

    Actor

    I hate auditions! However, they can sometimes be funny because they go wrong or people say stupid things under prssure etc. Have you got any funny audition stories to lighten the day and make everyone feel better about their audition that went badly.

    An example - a friend of mine went to an audition an the director looked at her headshot and asked 'Is this photo in Spotlight?' 'Oh no,' she replied 'It was taken outside!'

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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I agree - lots of funny things can happen at auditions, it's true.

    I'm never quite sure why people frequently say they hate auditioning, though. While I admit it can sometimes be a daunting thing to have to do, with no guarantee of a good outcome at the end of it, I'd much rather be being allowed to come to an audition and, for better or worse, present what I've got to somebody. It's when nobody wants to give you an audition in the first place that I think we have something to complain about!

    In other words, if you're getting auditions, don't knock it.

    • 14th Jun 2007
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  • Jason Haigh

    Actor

    An acting friend of mine went for an audition where the the actors had their names written on a piece of card to show to camera for the ident.When asked his name he glanced down at the card and looked back into camera and proudly said 'Charlie Cox'.The director then said 'Ok now throw it away'.Charlie tossed his head to one side and nonchantly said his name out of the corner of his mouth.The director then amusingly said 'I meant the card with your name on it'.Thats why the English language is so wonderful.So many different interpretations.

    The good news is Charlie has just finished filming with Robert De Niro.So i don't think that was a make or break audition,thank the lord.

    • 14th Jun 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    yeah right Steven.. A "Freind" eh? lol

    hmm

    anyway, i have no embarassing stories i can think of

    not getting parts after an audition doesn't bother me too much 'cos at least you are getting yourself seen by casting directors and its all good practice i guess. Everytime i come out of an audition i learn something new.

    • 14th Jun 2007
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    Many years ago I had an audition for Grease.

    I got to dance in front of Arlene Phillips (be afraid, be very afraid.

    As I started dancing in my group of 3, my jazz shoe came half off my foot. I did the whole routine with it folded underneath my foot. I then had to do a high kick, the shoe flew into the air, hit the ceiling and came down right in front of Arlene's face, on the top of her pile of CV's.

    I had to retrieve it gingerly and the whole room gasped!!!!!!!!

    I didn't get the job ;)

    • 14th Jun 2007
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    My first ever audition was for a tie tour and I was so nervous. I went totally over the top trying to be noticed and fit in...making loads of jokes and generally being obnoxious.

    I soon realised my mistake when I merrily got into the car and told my boyfriend all about my day. To which he replied...'so you were a complete nob then' (I know it sounds harsh but sometimes one needs to be told!)

    That was nearly three years ago and it still makes me cringe when I think about it now! xx

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Monty Burgess

    Actor

    The brief for a chewing gum commercial in Australia required 'an unattractive European male'. The casting director rang my agent and asked for me by name. I thought that was pretty funny. I didn't get it. Obviously not unattractive enough!

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Steven Elliott

    Actor

    Not me I assure you but someone apparently went to an audition at Central and did the Edmund 'Bastard' speech. He stripped naked and at the end stated stroking his privates with a flower on the line 'Now God stand up for Bastards!'

    Don't know whether he got in?

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    oh Monty!

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Morna Young

    Actor

    It's not actually that funny but it was a pretty hideous audition...I had to prepare a violin piece for it - unfortunatly, as I was tuning, my string snapped. I was still calm-ish as I went to change it until my bridge fell off and my violin pretty much fell apart. I had four men staring at me looking pretty disgusted and I just kind of shuffled out...em..I'll just get my coat shall I..?

    Still makes me cringe!

    • 15th Jun 2007
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    Mine isn't so much an audition situation but I remember when I was younger and I was doing a reginal competion in the 'Song & Dance' section. I was in line to win 'first place' and everyone was going 'Oh you will definately win this one...' I was so nervous that I went on stage, stared to sing the song and forgot the words....what did I do but went...la la la la la la la la ....continue la la la la la...

    I think I came last...very embarrassing!

    Hey, but at least I didn't run off stage like others did. Determination form an early age. well thats how I see it!

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    I once had an audition for Dolmio (cod Italian accent voiceover). I entered the room, saw a whole row of people staring at me and a camera set-up a chair in the middle of the room & lights glaring. Jane Frisby, I think, was the casting director and led me into the room. I got nervous and hit my head against a light, turned around in reaction and consequently wacked Jane with my handbag - ikes!

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Emma Sewell

    Actor

    Wasn't that important an audition. But I had an audition for my college production when I was in my second year. They made me sing happy birthday while trying to be really entertaining! (an horrid thing to be asked at the best of times) Anyway I got to the happy birthday to (insert name) and promptly called the head of the panel, Stuart his name was Sean and he was the head of the performance department. They gave me the silent one line part!!

    Em.xx

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Sheri Copeland

    Actor

    haha! loving these stories, I have more - but what is funny to you at the time might not be soooo funny to others, I will think about others to tell.

    • 15th Jun 2007
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  • Anthony Harwood

    Actor

    I don't know about funny but it was a tad awkward. It was a relatively recent audition.. All my agent told me was to wear shorts. I turn up to a room full of really muscular model type guys. I couldn't help thinking: Did someone confuse good-looking for geeky?

    I know they tend to look for various types but being the only stand-out in the crowd at that sort of audition is rather embarrassing.

    • 16th Jun 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    Oh Anthony! I bet you felt like sneaking out!

    lol

    • 16th Jun 2007
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    At a Shakespeare audition once for MERCHANT OF VENICE this guy turned up as Shylock, in a yarmunkle I think they're called? (black skull cap). He spent the whole workshop being very "Jewish" in a hammy oyvay sort of way. At one point I asked him where the toilets were and he said "over there, my boy, over there!"

    I think possibly he wanted to give the impression that he'd already been cast (he hadn't). The director kept looking at him as if he needed help.

    A stunt backfiring badly?

    • 16th Jun 2007
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  • Sally Beaumont

    Actor

    I had to hug a plastic tree. And tell it I loved it.

    I've walked into coffee tables, too.

    I had one of those terrible auditions where everything went wrong recently.

    Went to east croydon, not south. Then couldn't find the place. Then got stuck in the bathroom (!!!!) then I forgot BOTH my monologues- and went bright purple. I think I may have let the door hit me on the way out...then left my mobile on the train. (luckily this was picked up by an MPs daughter who returned it!).

    I'd like to point out to any potential employers that I'm usually very concientous. :)

    • 16th Jun 2007
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  • Nadia Ostacchini

    Actor

    Oh Sally, luv it. You needed a nice comedy role to sink your teeth into after that performance methinks ;-)

    • 16th Jun 2007
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    If anyone knows of Jenny Tomasin who was famous for playing Ruby Finch in Suptairs Downstairs, well I remember watching a recent documentary where the cast were all interviewed about the show and she told of her initial audition.

    Apparently she got lost in th studios and went down a corridor that she thought was the way out and found it to be a dead end! She was to nervous to go and ask the way out so she climbed out the window

    LOL i can see that happening to me one day :S eep

    you know, I think all these funny audition stories help a bit, they make you realise that when you dont get a role, at least you didnt do any of the stuff some people have done in auditions! lol

    • 16th Jun 2007
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