2010 Audition Odyssey
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Ariel Carpenter
September 2010
Contributor
Written by
Ariel Carpenter
September 2010
Emma's had an interesting smattering of auditions lately ranging from Tom's Shoes to Disney. We've had a bit of a chaotic time keeping up with it all. The perilous walkway to Tom's Shoes HQ. I took her to Santa Monica for Tom's. The ultra cool headquarters was tucked back in a warehouse area extremely difficult to navigate. Except for the funky Tom's van that was parked at the head of the long walkway to their offices, I doubt we'd have ever found it. As usual, we became lost fairly quickly. Just as I came upon the entrance, I noticed a sign that informed me "You're on camera!" at which point I tripped and fell unceremoniously to the cement. Not the best start. Perhaps had I been wearing Tom's sensible organic hoofers instead of my synthetic Old Navy flip-flops, our luck would have changed. Alas, the whole thing was a bust from the get-go. Understandably, the philanthropic company is on, err, a shoestring budget, but the audition site was a fold up card table and a woman with a Flip camera. The kids who had lined up to audition for Tom's youth line were all of mixed ethnic backgrounds and at least three years younger than Emma. It looked a bit like a United Colors of Benetton photo shoot; except for shoes. And then when it was Emma's turn to show off Tom's collection for the camera, they didn't have her size. Then a few days later, Emma's manager sent over information about a movie role in which Emma would play a street urchin. She spent hours thoughtfully picking through her dresser for clothing that, according to her, were most "hobo-like." [Sidenote: When I was young, "hobo" was certainly not an acceptable term people used to describe the homeless population. And this was before the days of strident PC police ready to pounce at the whisper of any term that might be deemed the least bit offensive. But today, all the kids are doing it.] Emma ended up donning "high-water" faded jeans that she had carefully ripped to shreds, a white tank top that had a stain on the front, and stringy hair (which her hair looks like most of the time anyway. There's only so many times a mom can tell a daughter to brush hair before it becomes white noise.) They had her read her lines various ways testing out, no doubt, the emotional current of her character. Finally, she was beckoned to audition for a Disney Interactive ad. She tried out with a group of other girls who played with the product for the camera. Emma says that they asked her to do something different from the rest of them. That was encouraging to hear. Standing out from the flock is always a good thing. And more good news is that the audition was held by a casting director who really likes Emma. We were hopeful. So very long stor(ies) short we booked nothing. But hey, the journey was sure interesting. As always, will keep you posted on the next leg. www.stagemomma.wordpress.com

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