Monday, July 25, 2005

i am school on a saturday

about a week ago, i auditioned for a simple promo for a cable network. the previous auditioners took their time. it was a very thorough interview, i thought. i entered the small studio space with the casting director. there i found the director i was auditioning for was one of my best friends. he had told me about the project. still i forgot.
i was funny. i was more or less relevant. in fact, i was so creative, the clients couldn't see me in the role. they wanted something more real, with hints of 'accidental' brilliance. i gave them a velvet box full of precious gems. they didn't want that. they wanted a cardboard box full of rocks which might be taken for treasure.
my friend relayed this to me: "i gave them a list of ideas. they poured over them for a day or two, and when they came back...well, they were the exact same ideas. some of them less so."
this was yet another client asking for improvised testimonials. this gives a less-scripted, fresh approach. unfortunately, without a script writer entering the process at any point, the final product, full of essential ingredients, often bakes for half the time. this is how advertisers contract trichinosis.


Anonymous casey said...

This photo, it's disturbing. At first I was like, "That's a side of meat, no mystery there." Then the more I look at it, it starts to look like a low angle on a sneaker with some gruesome something stuck to its undersole.

7/25/2005 10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i thought it was half of a human torso


7/26/2005 10:15 AM  
Blogger maryk said...

Matt, YES. During that audition, I was like, Dave, why are you trying to dumb this down? I guess he knew that the clients would not go for smart/original/a little bizarre over a half-chewed oyster so the audience can let it slip down without having to expend too much energy.
Dave was laughing, but as soon as I walked out, I thought, I am not getting this job. As someone who acts in commercials for rent money, I guess I need to get over my defiance of taking direction I don't agree with?
Or stop bitching and get out of the business?

7/26/2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger ablebody said...

yeah, he mentioned you and a few others as having many ideas but the clients couldn't see it. george got a role in it. don't ever stop bitching.

7/26/2005 12:36 PM  

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