You thought that the "______" was horse, right? Wrong, it's "the client who employs the casting director". A few days ago I mentioned that I had a commercial audition for Guinness beer, and I even gave my loyal reader(s) a dramatic reenactment.
Today I received a call from the on-camera faction of my commercial agency notifying me of a call-back for said Guinness commercial. It was a call-back for a national spot PLUS internet. This could be a 6 figure job. HOLY POTATOES! I thought. I breathed a sigh of relief because at that time my career was on the right track. Day player role on Comedy Central last week, call back for national spot tomorrow.
5 minutes later my phone rang again. My call-back had been cancelled. The air left the room and I took a seat. The rest of the conversation I can't really recall, but I am sure I was cordial and understanding. After all, my agency didn't fubar on the call-back, the client, Guinness, did. Clients often don't know what they want or what they are looking for and change their minds all the time. When I auditioned, the hero was to be a celebrity, now it's a basketball player.
What was the specific reason for my call-back cancellation? I am too tall. The Guinness drinking heroes of the spot will be professional basketball players, and they want the bland beer drinkers to be shorter. I am six foot three.
Everyone is short compared to Patrick fucking Ewing. I am now drinking whiskey.
Sad? Yes. Broken? No. Half in the bag? Hell yeah.
But I can now rejoice in the fact that two casting directors in NYC would hire me based on my acting skills. Now it's just a question of intangibles falling into place.