TV Sitcom Audition UPDATE – April 17, 2010

Just got back home from my audition in Grand Rapids for the TV sitcom.  It was a very interesting and fun experience!  I’ve done quite a bit of auditioning in my life, but this was the first time I auditioned at a movie theater.  Celebration Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan has office space surrounding the lobby area, so they utilized a bunch of open rooms for the auditions – it was very professional (and somewhat intimidating)!

When I walked in everyone had “GoFers” t-shirts on.  That’s the name of the sitcom… “GoFers”.  It’ll be filmed on-location in Grand Rapids, Michigan once casting is done and the shooting schedule begins.  The show is about a delivery company called “GoFers”.  Get it… “GoFers” because they go fer stuff to be delivered?  Clever name, eh?

I’ve never auditioned for a production that already had t-shirts made.  You could tell this was serious business, not some college or high school kids thinking it’d be fun to just give this TV show thing a try.

I got there an hour early because I just couldn’t kill any more time.  There are only so many times you can play Texas Hold’em on your phone, and I’d gone through my lines so many times that I was beginning to wonder if I wasn’t actually Bill Butler, the character I was auditioning for.

I arrived early enough that they shuffled me in first – I was the first audition of the day!  I took the script they gave me and put my own twist on it; hopefully it’ll get me noticed.  I’m sure having it memorized didn’t hurt.  I met a couple of guys there that had only heard about the audition opportunity yesterday and had no script to look at beforehand.  They would have to go in to do a cold read while I’ve had several days to look over the script, try a few different angles to get my own personality into it, and then memorize it before auditioning for the producers.

I think I did pretty well.  I auditioned for one group, then they sent me to another room on the other side of the building… and I auditioned again.  (Another first for me – auditioning twice for the same role!)  My guess is that the first room was simply a test to see if you had any talent whatsoever before sending you in for the actual audition.  It felt like I was singing in front of some nameless faces in order to make my way in front of Simon, Randy, Cara, and Ellen.  The producers told me it was a “good thing” I made it to the second room, so I’ll take them at their word.  🙂

They were casting for the lead roles as well as for supporting roles… including the roles of the various drivers who deliver for GoFers .  Of course, I’d absolutely love to get the lead role, but it’d still be awesome if I get a supporting role in each episode as one of the drivers.  I can totally see myself playing comic relief as a GoFers delivery guy!

I appreciate all of the prayers from everyone that took time to send them up for me today.  Thank you!  Once I hear either way about the show I will most certainly let everyone know!

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