Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been immersed in a casting opportunity for a spot on Fox Movie Channel’s life after film school.

The show’s tag-line is, “One conversation. Three students. Where film theory collides with the reality of filmmaking.”  It features an in-studio interview format, where three film students get to quiz some of today’s most respected players in feature films and television.  Guests from previous seasons include Michael Chiklis, Stan Lee, Kevin Bacon, Seth MacFarlane and Wes Craven, just to name a few.

Casting has entailed several challenging auditions and callbacks, from an original field of literally hundreds of aspiring cast members.  Each round called for in-depth background research and the preparation of specific questions for potential guests, followed by simulated on-the-set interviews at Fox Television — with the director/producer serving as the stand-in interviewee.

Today, I went back to Fox Studios for the final round of auditions.

The process has been long, but really exciting for me too.  This is my first experience with auditions, and it’s encouraging that I’ve made it this far.  Over the course of the day, I was called in to audition three times.  Between those auditions, each of us passed the time in our own way.  Some of the finalists read books, some did homework, others texted, and many did what I did.  We reviewed the questions we’d worked on so diligently in preparation for our final chance to make an impression.  As the hours passed, our numbers dwindled.

When the executives had seen all they needed to see from each of us, they sent us home.  The difficult part for us was not knowing if they’d liked what they’d seen.  We were going to have to wait for that call.  When it was my turn to be told I could leave, I immediately tried to interpret what that meant.  Had I done well enough to be chosen?  Had I not been what they were looking for?

Then, on my way out the door, the casting director offered some words of encouragement. “You haven’t been cut.”  Whew!  What a relief.  I wasn’t sure exactly how good that was, but I knew it wasn’t bad.

When I got back on campus, I hadn’t eaten since breakfast, so I just got some food and have been trying to distract myself by doing homework, but the suspense is killing me. Blogging about it right now is helping me keep this all in perspective — a reminder of how much I’ve learned already, and how much I’ll benefit from the experience, no matter what happens.

Now, before I go crazy, time to find something else to do besides staring at my phone.

Tyler OUT.


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