My initial posting mentioned the word logic, and referenced leading by the hand. This morning I find that logic is sometimes lacking, and that my own willingness to lead one by the hand can be tested.
I won’t even reference the antics at my the day-job. I’m currently setting up audition slots for my upcoming show. Numerous people have asked, what I perceive as, unexpected questions, such as:
Where will the auditions be?
When are the auditions?
Will the auditions be readings from the script?
All answers to these were clearly stated in the postings – postings one would have to read in order to contact me in the first place. Location. Check. Date. Check. Time. Check.
No one is going to audition for something like this starting at 7 a.m.
But, my favorite? The guy who requested an audition appointment, but noted he works until 9 pm, and asked for a later time slot. I accomodated, and said how I had another person in a similar situation. No problem. “I’ll understand if you get there a bit late, given where you’re coming from.” But I pointed out that it sounded as if his work schedule might conflict with our evening rehearsals.
He wrote back and said he thought it would all work out, but that he
“no longer had the original info about which [he] had inquired.”
I could only take that to mean, he didn’t really know who I was, or what he was now going to be auditioning for.
Logic? Ok. I didn’t note the show in my response, and could have. But seriously, if an actor contacts a company about an audition, how about either a) s/he includes something in the subject or original message for her/his sake, b) s/he makes a note some where of these things, or c) s/he looks in his/her sent folder and tries to figure it out, before basically admitting to the person from whom they’re trying to get a gig that s/he is too unorganized to have an email conversation?
I’d prefer not to turn this into some complete rant, so I will stop there, and I will not comment on the imaginative…yes, that’s it….the imaginative choices some people make when it comes to the format of their acting resume and headshots.
I’m not sure I could do it justice anyway. I just know that there are some people who truly need someone to take them by the hand, and show them the way.