The Casting from Hell!

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    I just thought I'd share the worst casting experience I've had to date!

    Went for a casting for a commercial yesterday. Arrived at the venue, a large old house, and was ushered up to the 'casting room' or living room of the house. My only company in the room was a one eyed pug dog with chronic wind. 15 minutes later the casting director comes into the room with what looked like her daughter (who did the camera work). The CD then proceeded to shout at the girl to demand what the smell was (hope she realised it was the dog and not me!) She then shouted out the door to a man called Derek (or something similar), saying "open the bloody kitchen window - it smells like somebody has died in this house". We finally get on to the casting and she briefly outlines the project, which was completely different to the one I was up for, and then asks me to do the script (again, different to the one I was sent). I ask if I could have a quick look at the script as this was not what I was given. They gave me 30 seconds and off I went. She then didn't give me any of the feed lines so I ended up having to say both lines(must have looked like a had a duel personality!)When she did read the script she made something up that was completely different. To top it all off....the younger girl kept stopping the recording by accident!

    All in all I think I did quite well....there has to be a comedy sketch in there somewhere!!

    Would be great to hear other people's casting horror stories...can anyone top the pug dog with wind?

    G

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  • Jonathan Goodwin

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    Priceless! Your wind-swept exploit surely deserves to be YouTubed at some point!!

    • 16th Jul 2009
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    I know at the time it must have been horrid for you, but...I can hardly type for wiping the tears of laughter away...you set the scene so well, I could almost smell the dog...hehe

    It seems you were in a cross between Cruella De Vil, a Hammer House of Horror film and an episode of Keeping Up Appearances with Mrs Hyacinth Bucket.

    Classic, Geraldine, Truly Classic...I do hope you get the part after all that.

    Best Wishes

    Steve

    • 16th Jul 2009
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  • Nathan Head

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    best of luck! i hope you get the job

    teehee

    • 16th Jul 2009
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  • Jonathan Goodwin

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    Or better yet, plug the top dog with wind!

    • 16th Jul 2009
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  • Christine Hounslow

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    I suppose it was preferable to the casting director having wind !! :-) Good luck with the job. Christine x

    • 16th Jul 2009
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    I think we should all keep a look out for the one eyed pug with wind....he's gonna be a star!!

    • 16th Jul 2009
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    Dear Geraldine,

    If this is ever made into a short film or indeed a You Tube epic...Can I put my name in the frame for the part of the 'Dog' (see headshot stage left)

    Just check out my previous threads and reply...I'm full of wind!!! and come pre treated for flea's and worm's as well as providing my own 'fur coat'. The role is made for me...hehe

    Answers on a postcard....

    Chin Chin

    Steve

    • 16th Jul 2009
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  • Jonathan Goodwin

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    Sure, but I think we'd smell the pug before we saw the little blister!

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    Steve....I will send you through a script!

    • 16th Jul 2009
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  • Toni Brooks

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    Absolutely priceless Geraldine - the whole thing reminded me of the bucket of bricks thing :-))

    • 16th Jul 2009
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    Well people....I actually got the part! Now in two minds about whether to do it...don't know if I could face a whole day of dog wind!!

    • 17th Jul 2009
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  • Christine Hounslow

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    Is it paid? Difficult one - go with your instinct. Best wishes Christine x

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    definately made me smile!!!

    but isn't it a worry what can pass as a cd? and the fact that we as actors have to go through things like this to get jobs.

    let us know if you take the job ... and if so, how it goes!!

    X

    • 17th Jul 2009
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  • Jonathan Goodwin

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    I'm sure it'll be a breeze! Lucks to you.

    • 17th Jul 2009
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  • Toni Brooks

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    A rather pungent breeze though :-))

    • 17th Jul 2009
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  • Jonathan Goodwin

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    There he blows!

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    Take the money ... and run Girl !!!

    • 18th Jul 2009
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  • Ed Barrett

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    " . . . we should all keep a look out for the one eyed pug with wind"

    He's fallen on hard times since the end of the Men in Black franchise.

    • 19th Jul 2009
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    Wow.. a funny story and worth telling. Well congrats on getting part. Who knows what experience you will get when it comes time to filming. Just trust what your intuition is telling you on whether to take it or not.

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