Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Audition: "Yellowtown Monster"

I had an audition last Saturday afternoon for a short film called "The Yellowtown Monster".  The sides were hilarious and I assume the rest of the script is as well.  I went out for the main character, the Monster.  He is 5,000 years old and is good friends with Bigfoot and Loch Ness etc.  He sees how they are getting all of the fame and subsequent success in life and has become very jealous. He decides to take a stab at Hollywood from what I can tell. 

The audition felt really great.  There were a lot of people in the room and I got a lot of laughs from the people on the other side of the table - which is always nice.  I would say a line/monologue one way and I'd receive positive feedback and then receive an adjustment.  "Excellent Phillip!  Now for this next take, instead of saying it like that....try it like..."  And that's what I did. 

I heard about this audition from a friend that I had cast in a previous production I was in.  It's always good to have friends like that! 

I read on someones facebook wall the other day that when you stop focusing on getting auditions and start focusing on building relationships, that is when your career gets a lift.  I'd have to agree with that idea.  Instead of having a mindset of "what have you done for me lately?", it is a lot better for you/friends/the world if you think more along the lines of "I'm going to do this for you and not expect anything in return".  I suppose many of the world's great philosophers, religious icons and leaders of industry have been saying and thinking the same thing all along.  Act because you want to act.  Audition because you love to audition.  Create because you need to create in order to survive. 


  1. I have been checking your blog for months, Philip, and am beginning to be concerned about you as it is unlike you to not post for so long! Perhaps you have landed a time consuming acting gig as I hope is the case!

    And in response to this specific entry, especially your observation: "Act because you want to act. Audition because you love to audition" I am reminded of Constantin Stanislavski 's quote, "You must love the ART IN YOURSELF more than YOURSELF IN THE ART".

    I hope you are OK, Philip.

    Patricia Youngquist, the LLG (Last Leaf Gardener)

  2. Audition sounded like fun. I found this article interesting in deciding whether to act or not: http://www.hobbyfinda.com/acting/
    Forgot how fun the audition process is =)