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I realized two things about social media I wanted to get away from. First was that I was often using it as a journal, which is boring and maybe TMI for those platforms. Secondly I was using it too much for my taste, so that I felt like a tool for marketers rather than using social media as a tool for my ends.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


So yesterday was my 400th entry, and I talked of breakfast purging. What a riveting topic that was. It bemused me anyway.

Not much of an audition yesterday. To cheer myself, I can compare it to what I was able to do last year when I auditioned for ETI. Compared to that I came off smelling like roses. Compared to the measure I have for myself since finishing ETI I came off smelling like that which makes roses grow healthy. I caught myself sounding sing-songy at one point, so I adjusted and worked my intention. I did manage to make some nice changes in the monologue, though not as many as I would have liked or am easily capable of. Practice, practice. Not horrendous for my first audition since completing the conservatory program, but certainly not triumphant either.

I did learn something, besides working on intention, where I came from, and technique. I arrived early, and Dan asked if I was ready to go. "Sure." There was no way I was going to be special and ask for a few minutes to prepare. Most directors would understand, but having to ask would distract me and make my preparation of questionable quality. Next time, before I even get close to the audition room I'll do some physical and imagery warm up. Voice too if I can find a place where it is comfortable, though I can usually take care of that while driving unless like now, I have a sore throat.

Yes, yes, I know it is perfectly acceptable to ask for a few minutes to prepare, and any director worth a tinker's dam would say "Sure." and mean it. I already hinted as much. The problem is me. I would have trouble focusing on prep, worried that I was being special when I didn't need to be. Better with my psyche to simply go up. So, before I get to where an auditor can ask if I'm ready to go, get as ready as I can. For me that can be done in five or ten minutes with some physical stretching and warm-up and a little imagery. Assuming I'm early next time, I'll do it in the parking lot. That should be enough to get me prepared up front. Hey, I like to have the space and time to stretch, imagine, and warm-up body and voice for 30 minutes. Not something generally available for an audition space, but if I can get most of the benefit beforehand, better do it.

Maybe Friday will be better.


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