Friday, September 30, 2011

Leather Pants At A Dance Audition


I found an audition for this play that was currently in production entitled Possible Side Effects. The one thing that caught me about this audition was that the day I read this ad, I happened to be holding a book of the same name that was written by the writer Augusten Burroughs. I have been researching Augusten Burroughs for quite some time now, and the one thing I knew was that a few of his books were getting adapted. So my first assumption was that his book Possible Side Effects was being adapted into this play.

That's all it took for me to go to this audition.

I wanted to look nice and my actual age. I wore these black leather pants along with a black shirt to go with. I was turning twenty at the time and I was starting to feel uncomfortable wearing the old clothes I had.

The road to the audition was difficult already. It took me an hour to get there on my bike and I was ten minutes late. Of course, that's the biggest mistake any actor makes. Not making to their audition on time. But to be honest, I wanted to blame the guys who were blocking traffic for a half hour. They didn't want to get out of the way. There was a moment when I wanted to punch them in the face.

Anyway, I finally made it to the audition. It was being held at a dance studio. I rang the doorbell and they buzzed me inside. Suddenly, in came this woman who turned out to be the dance teacher.

"Are you here for the dance class or the audition?" she asked me.

"I'm here for the audition," I said.

"Great. You're right on time."

In the beginning, I thought I was late. But I didn't question that. She told me I was on time. So I was one time.

"Now here's what you're gonna do," she continued. "First, take off your shoes. Then you're going to come here to the dance room. Right now, you're the only male here. You have to learn this dance move in ten minutes. After that, we're going to evaluate you. We just want to see where you are with you're dancing skills."

Once she finished talking, I wanted to faint at the point. I had to learn this full dance routine in ten minutes. Then I got to perform the whole thing in front of everyone. It originally doesn't sound like a problem. I have been in the performing arts since high school. The problem was that I was wearing leather pants. If I even tried to stretch my leg out, it will cost me twice my normal strength to flex it out. Of course, they didn't care. Ten minutes after the grueling rehearsals, the actual performance.

I can't tell you what I had to go through during those five minutes. I have never had so many body aches or large amounts of sweat dripping off my forehead in a long time. I gave my all to this performance. In the beginning, I thought they were going to laugh at me. Everyone knew I was wearing leather pants. They just wanted to see how far I was going to take it. But I was going to show them that I could nail this audition. Once the dance was over, I collapsed on the floor and started breathing real hard.

All I know now is that after all of that dancing, I hope I get the part.

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