laugh all you want but if you call too soon you might scare off a nice baby who’s ready to party

Mike: So how long do I wait to call?
Trent: A day.
Mike: Tomorrow.
Sue: Tomorrow, then a day.
Trent: Yeah.
Mike: So two days?
Trent: Yeah, I guess you could call it that, two days.
Sue: Definitely, two days is like industry standard.
Trent: You know I used to wait two days to call anybody, but now it’s like everyone in town waits two days. So I think three days is kind of money. What do you think?
Sue: Yeah, but two’s enough not to look anxious.


The audtion yesterday was fantastic. I thought I’d be there for thirty minutes or so, but I ended up working with them for almost three hours (and making it home too late for my Tuesday night poker game.) I read with six different women who are all in the running to co-host the show, and I was shocked at how much fun I had. If I book the job, I’d be the geek, she’d be the babe, and everyone in the audience would have something to enjoy.

In fact, when I got home, I told Ryan, "Dude. I had the best afternoon: I got to sit with beautiful women and talk about Sci-Fi! Three of them were former Miss USA contestants, and one of them was Playmate of the Year for 2005."

"Dude." He said. "You are my hero."

I have this post-audition ritual: after I leave, I find the first trashcan and dump my sides in it. It’s how I let go of the whole thing, because I’ve already done everything I can do, you know? I’ve pushed my chips into the pot with the best of it, and now I have to wait for five cards to come out and hope that I win when it’s all over.

This time, I did dump the sides and my note cards (I have the notes on my Powerbook for easy re-printing, should I get called back) and I’ve tried to get on with my life . . . but holy shit is it hard. I had so much fun while I was there, and the prospect of getting a weekly gig where I get to geek out about Sci-Fi stuff — and get paid to do it! — is just too much. I’ve already called my manager twice today to see if we’d gotten any feedback.

"I haven’t heard anything, yet," he said, the second time I called. "Normally, I’ll call the next day, but if they don’t call . . ."

"It’s like you just met a girl in a bar, and you don’t want to screw it up by calling too soon, isn’t it?" I said.

He laughed. "Yeah, it’s exactly like that."

"So . . . are we calling today?"

"I think it’s best to wait until tomorrow, because they have to take your tapes to executives, get approvals, and all sorts of things."

"So, what, two days?" I said.

"Yeah, there’s a lot of things that have to happen before they give us any feedback, so we’ll just have to wait until we hear from them." He said. "Then there’s the whole negotiation thing, too."

"You’ll call me, right?"

"I’ll call you right away." He said.

I hung up the phone and looked at the calendar. I thought about drawing a circle around the 17th. I may have done it.

I’m sure I’m going to feel like a real jerk if this doesn’t happen, but
I love this feeling of excitement and optimism that I have right now. It’s much nicer than the usual alternative.

78 thoughts on “laugh all you want but if you call too soon you might scare off a nice baby who’s ready to party”

  1. Congratulations on the auditions. I don’t know anything about these things but it strikes me that a delay might mean they are having a tough time deciding between you and someone else. If it were clear you weren’t getting it surely you would know by now.
    Drawing the 2nd best hand is painful. Here’s hoping you are holding the immortal nuts.

  2. Unrelated to the post at hand, but did you happen to notice that Jack Black started a vodcast called Nacho Libre Confessional?
    Nacho Libre — Free Burrito… hmmm… Granted not the same Mexican cuisine, but both are liberated, which I suppose is a good thing for them.

  3. Man, fingers crossed! You, sir, are gifted with the Funny. I will consume an extra Guinness tomorrow in the hopes of you landing the gig!

  4. It sounds like an awesome gig and you are very excited about it. I hope that you get it. You deserve much success. I am sending mojo your way to help out. It would be so cool to see you on tv again on a regular basis.
    Best of luck,

  5. Long time reader, first time poster.
    Be thankful for the delay. You know how you did. You SHOULD enjoy knowing you did well. The delay is cool because you get to enjoy it without knowing their decision. And hey, if the jitters get to you, I suggest reminding yourself about the nature of their choice.
    They didn’t hold an audition-competition. They are making a business decision.
    I am betting you already considered all this, but it’s why WWdN readers get to give a little cheer when we read this news. I like reading about you knowing you did well, and until you IPO, their business decision doesn’t affect me at all. For us, it is just an audition competition. (Unless you get it and the show is on basic cable – then, I might get to go WOOHOO!)
    Anyway, congrats on winning Judge Wheaton’s vote in the audition. I hear he’s tough on you sometimes.

  6. Hi again Wil,
    Haven’t posted for a while on your blog but I try to keep up with it. (Last time I posted user name was fireflii).
    That would be awesome if you could get that part! I would love to see you doing that! Always been a fan, always WILL be a fan I guess.
    Anyway I wanted to welcome you to Blogshares!! I am new this month too and I see we are racing to get the best of month (along with 100 other folks LOL). Maybe I should upgrade to premium. Its a lot of fun.
    So welcome , from MarineMom!

  7. “Hawesome” Swingers reference. It nailed the mood perfectly and I got a good laugh out of the visual of you getting advice from Vince Vaughn. I’m glad you had such a good time on your audition and I will surely watch it when it starts airing. On the WWDN poker front, I sel”fishly” campaign to have it called the “BrainMc is the River Donkey Invitational.” My apologies to the other players is posted at

  8. Interesting choice for the quote. Same one Phil Gordon uses in his Little Green Book to describe raising 2 before the button.
    Best of luck Wil. Here’s hoping Jimmy Kimmel’s cousin is nowhere to be found.

  9. Nice job, Wil! Hope that you get it. I know how you feel about waiting for that one phone call-it’s just too nerve wracking! But if you get it, then yes, that would be Hawesome.

  10. I know you are ready for the world…I hope we are ready for you, and your comeback to TV. and chalk up another vote for the goatee…I thought you looked great, and I immediately got the mirror universe reference.

  11. Haven’t heard you this excited in a while. I’m excited with you and trying to send all the geeky good mojo i can. Count me in as a commited viewer and as another vote pro-goatee.

  12. wow..
    can’t tell ya how cool i think this gig would be for you…i’m sending out the mojo for ya big time wil!
    by the way, loved the bit about deckard ‘then again, who does?’…that was classic..
    if you ever really do get to interview him, you have GOT to say that to him….just to see his reaction…
    cheers wil

  13. I hope you get the show, that would be awesome. Hopefully they won’t keep you in suspense much longer. And yay for a good audition experience too.

  14. Does anyone know if Wil reads these comments?? Just curious. I hope so. Anyway, this is like one of the only blogs I read regularly, unless you count the Dilbert blog.

  15. I read all the comments, OmarH, even if I don’t have time to respond to (or anything worthwhile to say about) all of them. Thanks for reading.

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