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The Infinite Need Presents: Tales from the Script – Audition and Workshop Stories from Hell – “What’s Your Type?”
From HB in New York:
I’d been going to casting workshops for some time when I realized that sometimes I would escape without anything that justified their being called “a workshop.” That is, no instruction, guidance, or anything of value to me–just a monologue and the casting person asks me about myself. So, I decided that if I got nothing from a workshop, I would end it by asking “What’s my type?”
This did a couple things: It got the casting person to think about me relative to other roles, and it gave me information about how I was coming across to the casting person. This information was valuable to me.
The method seemed to “work” for justifying their being called “workshops.” But then, one day I asked this question of a casting person at a workshop and she said, “Aw, come on, don’t ask me that, that’s too tough for me!” I was a bit in shock. A casting person couldn’t at least give me that in a workshop? What was my money being spent on? It would seem that if I wasn’t getting instruction, I was paying to be seen. I’ve been afraid of being ripped off by the experience ever since.
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