Getting “Saas”-ey

Hello Everyone! Happy Easter ❤

I am finally all settled in to my new apartment! Yes, I moved here in January but everything has just been in such a whirlwind that this is the first time I can finally sit back, relax, and type a blog entry.

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My Harry Potter Wall!

So here is the scoop on my place: I live in a 5th floor walk up – that’s right I get to walk up 5 flights of stairs every day to get to my apartment – and it surprisingly doesn’t bother me much. In fact, my butt looks the greatest it ever has, so that’s a plus. I also live really close to a gym so this chick is getting fit!
It took us a while to get settled because the apartment wasn’t finished when we had to move in – that story would require a complete separate blog entry. We now have furniture… Including a BIG red couch courtesy of my friend Rachel! I love my room… It is so big!!! Granted, I don’t have much inside my room at this point but I’m making progress! I will post pictures when it is finished 🙂

But this post isn’t about my new apartment, it is about AUDITIONS. Dun. dun. duuuuuuuuun.

Since my last post I have been on a couple of auditions and, although it doesn’t sound like much, for me it is a BIG DEAL. Every audition is a learning opportunity and each one has had a big impact on my future! What I love most about these auditions is that the people for whom I was auditioning were very pleasant and personable. When I was in school I heard horror stories [and even experienced] of  how frightening an audition room can be because of the cold “stone faced” auditors with no reaction to your performance. Well, that happens more often than not but lucky for me, my auditions have been for engaging, reacting human beings! And boy does it make a difference! The mood in the room is everything: It makes me more comfortable and confident, it makes me feel like they are rooting for me, and it also gives me a sense that the auditor enjoys their side of the table!

As they say, the auditors in the room really are betting on the actor. Whether it be a casting director, director, stage manager, or assistant, their job is to cast a role and they should be actively hoping that every person who walks in the door can fill that part they are trying to cast. THEY HONESTLY WANT THE ACTOR TO DO A GOOD JOB AND BE WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR.
Sorry I’m yelling, and you’ve probably heard it before, but it is the best thing an actor can think about when walking into an audition room. It helps set the mood and tone for the whole audition.
However, as I was saying before, my auditions have been for very positive people who gave feedback, reacted to my performance, thought I was funny (or at least laughed at me…), and generally seemed to be having a good time. So YAY! I’m excited and feeling much more positive about auditioning in NYC.

My most recent audition was pretty much the most perfect audition the good lord could have ever set up for me. It was for a wacky, corny hot sauce commercial. Oh. My. Gosh. Was it SO FUN. I was literally shaking in my boots in the waiting area but as soon as I walked in the room, it was all play and no work.
They had me hold the product up and do the standard “This is this product, you should buy it, slogan, smile!” It was hilarious because my first take was ridiculous and I couldn’t tell I was holding the label away from the camera. Thank GOD I am able to laugh at myself because that mistake would have sent some actresses into shambles.
Some other fun things I did was “be a happy store clerk that never stops smiling,” have a “grocery store dance party,” and pretend that the Hot Sauce was Rupert Grint [you can use your imagination for all of those].

I don’t know how much I am allowed to say about all of it… so I’ve only hinted to the commercial content and brand. Hope I’m not ruining any copyright stuff or something… But it was a great experience. Actually, you know what… I’m going to give them all the credit: Here is a previous Saas Hot Sauce commercial. ENJOY!
I haven’t heard back about the job yet but even if I don’t get it, it will still stick in my head as my best and most exciting audition to date!

I hope that what you take from this is that I love hot sauce. Oh, wait no that’s not what I meant. I meant I hope you realize that acting is, in fact, auditioning. And in order to get work as an actor you have to embrace auditions, otherwise you’ll never get work! I wish all of the broken legs to any actors reading my blog… we chose a risky profession but then again we love risks, don’t we?

I hope your weekend is filled with equality and love!

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Enjoy this cute photo of an Easter Egg I created!

– Heather!

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