Friday afternoon was the much anticipated Level 4/5 audition, and I almost missed it. I had a 12:30 flight and let’s just say due to some poor planning when I arrived I heard “FINAL BOARDING”. This is the second week in a row that I’ve arrived within 20 minutes of my flight’s departure. One of these days I’m going to end up missing one of these flights. “When you play with fire scarecrow…” In my haste, I also forgot to check the weather for LA and boarded wearing shorts and t-shirt. Little did I know it was 55 in LA and dropping. When I finally got to SC, I changed into jeans in the backseat of my rented Ford Taurus (the. worst. car. ever.)
Back to the audition, I was calm going into it and felt confident knowing I would be working with the same people I’ve been with for the last 21 weeks. When it came time to go in, we had a visitor. A gentleman from another class that had piggybacked onto our audition, and naturally that’s who I went up with the first scene out of the chute. That scene, and the two others I did, went smoothly and I left there knowing I had gotten in (editor’s note: I won’t find out until later this week).
After the audition, I got to hang out with Ellen for a bit and venture up and down Sunset for a little shoe shopping. She headed down for her husband, Joel’s, show around 8:00 and I headed for the Chinese theatre to try and catch “Hot Fuzz”. Unfortunately, it wasn’t playing there so I spent some time walking around the complex. When I arrived at my brother-in-law’s in Sherman Oaks, I was still determined to go see “Fuzz”. Joel and Ellen came out and joined me for the 11:00 pm showing, which ended at 1:00 am. Quick math lesson, add 2 hours to the time and that was my body’s clock time (3 am). I had parked by a meter so I would have ot be getting up early to either feed it or move my car. No problem, or so it seemed. 7:45 am came fast and I was dressed and out to remedy the meter situation. I was lucky enough to find an unmetered spot right in front of the building so I went back to bed thinking I would sleep until 9:30 or so, then go workout and run some errands. I woke up at 1:45 Saturday afternoon. So much for the day’s plans.
I was able to go by and try to help my friend Kristin with her wireless network (again) then I was off to Glendale for dinner and some freelance discussion with Todd Deeken. He is one of those guys that has the true of gift of storytelling and I know it’s a matter of time before he gets his chance to show it on the big screen. We rapped about his project and caught some older episodes of BBC’s gearhead show “Top Gear” and before I knew it, it was midnight. Not wanting a repeat of that morning, I took off for Sherman Oaks with my alarm set and plans to workout Sunday morning.
This morning went off without a hitch. I was up and working out by 9:00 am, home by 10:15, cleaned up and eating breakfast by 10:30. I got to spend some time with my brother-in-law and his wife before they went to the Sherman Oaks street fair.
Class was great. We were all loosened up from the audition and the work from today’s playright discussion was great. So many great ideas and references coming out of the work, and it’s so obvious we like working with each other as we’re taking some big chances and really trusting each other to do so. I will only say that my Tennessee Williams scene with fellow Texan Mike McLendon started off in what would have been a disastrous position with anybody else, but Mike allowed me to take the goofy choice and it played really well.
I did see “Billy Dee” in the airport again today. Those of you that have been with me should get the reference.
What else? Can’t think of anything pressing or major. The NBA playoffs start for the Mavericks tonight. How great would it be if the Mavs and Cavs made it to the finals? Dirk and LeBron. Nice.
Miles Traveled: 2,470
Total Miles: 54,340