So the other day I went to a casting. It was for a TV commercial that required dancing
This was soooo embarrassing!
How it works is that usually they teach you a routine outside and ask you in one by one to repeat it to music
Not this time! No, here they simply asked you inside a room and put on music…. wait for it… along with another 20 people casting!
So can you imagine.. all of you are in a room together, watching each other
The room was small, smelly and humid (why do castings always seem to happen in such rooms?)
The mood was awkward
Everyone was sweating and uncomfortable while in an intimate space, nervous because we were all being watched by each other..
The casting director calls you up one by one, asks you to introduce yourself and then puts on music and it is then your job to get your groove on in front of the camera!
Now I’m not usually one to mind people looking on (in fact it usually motivates me to go for gold)
But something about this was way too unnerving!
The people there were interesting…
There was Jonny – first one up. The professional breakdancer. He was an African guy from a North African country. He was very confident and, when asked to dance, he put all the other guys to shame! His moves were so smooth; it was like water off a duck’s back for him. Everyone cheered afterwards and I’m pretty sure he got the job
Next was a girl, Lexi. She was a ginger (ok, no bad jokes here I’m not that bad haha ) And she was the nervous type… Those are the terrible kind; they are the ones that can’t stop talking to the camera and asking questions to the director to stall. You can tell they are nervous and everyone is just cringing for them. She was also wearing the most unflattering blue shoestring top, she looked very uncomfortable and self-conscious. Her moves followed suit and clearly she was not the most professional among us
This is my only problem with castings; they can be so humiliating! One wonders if it is worth it…
All the girls were unfortunately very shy and most of the moves looked like they were from a bad night in a dodgey bar
The guys weren’t so bad… a lot of breakdancers which I loved…clearly their agents only sent them because they knew they were professional dancers
As for me, I think my agent was on coke sending me to that
Let me tell you I can sing, I can act, I can learn lines and recite an audition piece. I can do improv, I can do a voice-over in a studio and baby I can MC with a golden mic wearing booty shorts and stilettos!
But once you put me in a four-walled white room in front of 20 other people all casting for the same job, I go pink!
I go pink in front of guys on the best of days! So imagine 10 uber-hot dancers waiting to see what you’re made of! I can’t!!! It’s too much!
I couldn’t stop blushing and my dancing was probably TERRIBLE hahaha
Was so glad to get out of there! How embarrassing!
Lesson learnt. I don’t know exactly what the lesson is! ummm…. don’t go to dancing castings??
Anyway I’m off to another casting later this week and hopefully afterwards I’ll be able to sit down to a nice glass of redemption to go with my dinner