The casting call was for redheaded MALE twins aged 3 to 5. So, I thought, great...that narrows down the playing field. A ton.
The boys call time got pushed back an hour up front. That worried me because it made their call time during lunch. I rationalized that it would be OK because after
all, they'd have to eat the product so they should be hungry. Terrible assumption.....or was it a justification for dragging them down there, hungry?
We walk in, and there are like 100 sets of twins. And I only see 2 that are male with red hair. One set obviously wasn't even 3. The rest of the twins? Girls, boys, blonde hair, brown hair.....not even all identical twins. I should have walked away then. But I didn't. And we waited 2 dreadful hours to get called back. 2 hours with a roomful of other twins aged 2 to 7. Use your imagination. Not fun.
Then we got called back. We walk into this tiny, stiffling room and there is a camera man and the casting director. They order them to sit at a table, for me to stand to the side and they start shooting questions at them. "What's your name?", "How old are you?", "Now eat/drink that ----". Jacob almost crumbled and refused to speak or eat the product and John played it cool. He took a swig of his drink, put his hand on his head and gave them a look like, "had better".
So, the director asked us to walk around and try again because I really DO think they were what they were looking for, LOOKS wise. The celebrity mom has red hair.
Against my better judgement, we walked around for 30 minutes and went back in. And Jacob clung to my neck and John just wanted the candy I bribed him with. It was a disaster. I could tell the casting director was on her last nerve and she none to nicely escorted us out, and even confiscated a beverage Jacob was to drink. That was fun to deal with once the door closed.
I came to a conclusion. Commercials are a great gig if you can get em'. But auditioning is the pits. And not all up our alley. As for lunch? My poor boys didn't get lunch until 5pm. Neither did I. Not good. Not good at all.
Normally I participate in Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. This week however, I was at the blasted audition, killing my whole day so I didn't have time to write it. I can assure you all though, that I had nothing to say anyway. The prompt I chose was about whether or not I am still friends with people from high school. Basically (except for Jeff), the answer is No. BUT, I have had 3 high school friends contact me last week through Facebook, and my sister in law did too. Is it just us, or have you all been reconnecting with old friends this holiday season?