By Dale Albright and Beverly Butler
The Generals are over…now your work really begins!
Theatre Bay Area's General Auditions took place two weeks ago, and if you had the opportunity to be one of the 340 actors seen by the auditors, you've got some follow-up to do that just might increase your chances of getting a casting call!
|Photo: "After work, par Franck Vervial" by Franck Vervial on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons license.
· Visit the Theatre Bay Area website to check the list of auditors that saw you and send them each a note, a "remember me" mailing or an email letting them know a little more about you (besides your obvious good manners). Perhaps you have been cast in a show since the Generals, or there has been some other update to your resume? Let them know.
· While you have that auditors' list handy, make a note to retire the monologue they heard. Polish up a new one for the next time you get a call from that theatre.
· Go to the latest issue of Theatre Bay Area magazine (print or digital version) with the Spring Season preview and check which theatres are doing which shows. All the spring and summer seasons are listed for your viewing pleasure. Undoubtedly, some of these shows will not yet be cast. You know what type you can play; see who is doing your perfect show and pitch yourself for the part.
· Grab a piece of paper, think about the experience, and jot down what went well and what you want to change for the next audition. Did you arrive on time? Were you comfortable in what you wore? Were your headshots ready? Was your monologue too long? What were your nerves like, and what will you do differently next time?
· Even if you weren't one of the lucky ones who got a slot at the Generals, you can scope out the auditor list and send a headshot and a note to the theatres doing shows you want to be cast in. It shows them you are doing your homework, which is always a good thing.
Two weeks and no calls or call backs? This is a marathon, not a sprint. Anywhere from two days to ten years is not uncommon for the General Audition magic wand to tap you on your magnificently talented shoulder.
Get to work!
Dale Albright is program director for Theatre Bay Area.
Beverly Butler is vice president of Theatre Bay Area's Board of Directors.