Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Booking the Room

A few weeks ago, I auditioned but did not book a particular project. The email notifying me was very complimentary. I bumped into the producer at an industry event a couple days ago. Learned a couple things from our conversation:

  1. The email to me was the only one to go beyond the generic "not right" note.

  2. He was definitely going to be knocking at my door if he ever had a part which was right.

I felt as great about this as I would have had I actually gotten the role. Why would I feel as great about "booking the room" as I would about "booking the job"?

  • BTR means you made a good impression. They want to work with you in the future.

  • BTR means you gave an excellent read. One does not BTR on a slightly above average read.

  • BTR means if someone they know is looking to fill a role you would be right for, they might recommend you.

So, how did I book the room? Three words: Strong Character Choice. It was my interpretation of the character which impressed him.

How do you know you booked the room?

  • Booking the job is deceiving clue. You could have been choice number five. (Highly recommend thinking of yourself as the first choice. It's better for the ego.)

  • Not booking the job is a deceiving clue. You might have given the best read and still not be right for a particular role.

  • What is said in the audition room is a very bad clue. They are not going to say "That sucked. I wouldn't cast you to play yourself in a surveillance video. You'll be notified Tuesday if you got a callback." Even if that is what they are thinking.

  • Having them tell you in a neutral setting like my case is a very good clue. There was no reason he needed to bring up my audition at the industry event.

  • Getting called in for future reads is a very good clue. It means they think you have potential and are trying to find the right fit.

Booking the job is short term. Booking the room is long term. So, book the room.

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