Today I had an audition for a commercial at GO Studios in Vancouver.
It was for 1:30 PM, so I left home at Noon, to give myself plenty of time to drive into the city.
I got there at 1:29 PM and rushed up two flights of stairs to the audition reception area.
Good, I made it on time!
There were a few actors seated and waiting for their call. I filled out the paperwork and then sat and waited for my call.
The role was to play Mario, the Ice Cream Man, and I was supposed to dress for the part. It’s been quite a while since I last saw an ice cream man, but I was pretty sure that their clothes were all-white.
I had no problem with the white shirt, white running shoes, and white socks, but I haven’t owned a pair of white pants since the Saturday Night Fever era. However, I did have light tan Dockers, which would probably appear white on camera anyway.
I looked around the room and noticed that of all the actors, and I was the only one dressed in white.
Maybe it’s painters that always wear white – or am I confusing them with guys working in a bakery?
Never mind, I thought – be confident and go in there and be a believable Mario, the Ice Cream Man. I’m usually not nervous when I audition, but today was different because I was so rushed getting there on time.
When I finally got seated and opened my bottle of soda water, it sprayed all over me! Most of the bottle emptied on my lap, as I jumped to my feet when the casting director called my name!
Great! Now my light tan pants have a large, dark, wet spot on the front! I’ll have to audition in front of a camera in wet pants. They’ll probably think that I peed myself!
The casting director explained that the first part of the audition was for me to be showing a look of surprise or shock. That will be easy, I thought, as I looked down at my wet pants.
“No, Daniel, look at the camera!” screamed the casting director.
I quickly looked up at the camera, but the look on my face was one of embarrassment. I shrugged my shoulders, which made me look even more pathetic.
“Okay, Daniel, the next part is for you to act happy and dance to the music.”
I immediately started dancing, while at the same time trying hard to smile.
“No, Daniel, not yet – wait for the music to start!” cried the casting director.
Anyway, I finished the audition. And as I walked out of the room, I noticed a couple of actors staring at my wet pants.
“It was for a Depends commercial,” I muttered, without missing a beat.
I wonder if I’ll get a callback audition.
Dedicated to my actor friends