stupid murphy’s law can bite me.

My plans to spend last night with the Basic D&D Dungeon Master's Booklet were derailed when I got a late-afternoon phone call from my manager.

"You have a pilot audition tomorrow," he said. "I'm sending you all the material right now."

He described the show to me; it sounds very cool. He described the character to me; it became apparent that this is a guy I could easily bring to life.

"This is awesome," I said. "I'll let you know how it goes."

I spent the evening preparing the audition, and finally went to sleep when I felt like I had a good handle on the material. I woke up this morning feeling excited, and ready to go nail this.

I went over the material* again, put on a tie (the character's a doctor) and grabbed my wallet, keys, iPod and phone. As I jammed all that stuff into my pocket, I heard my phone make the "hey, guess what? My battery is about to die" noise.

"Crap," I said to Anne, "my phone is going to die."

"Why don't you just take it with you and leave it off? You can turn it on in case there's an emergency."

"Nah," I said, "I'll just leave it here and charge it while I'm gone. I hardly ever need it, anyway."

You know what comes next, right?

This is the part where, if this were a movie, we would cut to me, sitting in traffic on the freeway. I'm not moving. There is a shot through my windshield of a bunch of emergency vehicles about a mile ahead of me, and a matching shot of me looking concerned. The next several shots would cut between me and the clock in my car, as it gets closer and closer to my audition time, and then passes it. Repeated over this, my voice says, "I hardly ever need it, anyway … anyway … anyway … now batting … Manny Mota … Mota … Mota …" Finally, about 30 minutes after I'm supposed to be in Hollywood, and still at least 45 minutes away, I creep past the crash, hope that nobody was hurt, and wonder what the hell I'm going to do now. You can't just show up for an audition 90 minutes late without calling.

"Well, fuck." I said. I got off the freeway, turned around, and went home.

It totally sucks that this is the first pilot audition I've had in over a year, and everything that could have gone wrong on the way did.

This show looks great, and the character is absolutely one I can see myself playing for five years or more. I'm hopeful that they're seeing people late into the afternoon or early
evening today, or that there's another session I can go to. This time, I'll bring my cell phone with me, just in case.

Edited to add: Well, this worked out okay after all. I'm going back at noon tomorrow. Yay!

*The material was wonderful, and showed many different sides of this character. This seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be shocked to learn how many auditions feature scenes that tell us nothing about the character, and are little more than that horrible exposition all actors hate to say.

110 thoughts on “stupid murphy’s law can bite me.”

  1. Dude. I have so been there. The lack of merging lanes on the 134 is also crazy… LA driving is not for the faint hearted. I still remember driving in Burbank at 2 am and it was a complete standstill. It was a Sunday?!?! Who are these people and why are they on the road at 2AM on a Sunday?!

  2. Glad it all worked out! I can only hope to be so lucky. *has decided to carry phone with her at all times…*
    By the way, this is a lesson from the Universe: Listen to your wife. She is wise and good.

  3. I have to say that I live in LA, well Toluca Lake and get around with out a car nicely. Yes it does take a little planning but nothing too bad. I have not owned a car in years. Good luck with the audition btw having work is always the win.

  4. Let me second the suggestion to get a small inverter, say, 120 Watts. They’re fairly cheap ($30 or so) and a great thing to keep in the travel electronics drawer, along with international plug adapters and the like. They’re great for bringing along chargers that normally plug into the wall (NiMH battery chargers for cameras, for instance), and they can be used for cell phones or laptops so that they’re charged when you get there.

  5. Hi Wil, I hope your rescheduled audition went well. It would be cool to see you in a new series and I like reading your down to earth blogs. BTW, I tried to get you on Twitter, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t get the damn thing to work, I think. Couldn’t get a friggin response from anyone, after trying about three dz people in the past week, so I deleted my account, and the exercise in futility. It should’ve been so simple….. Anyway, hope you get good news from the audition.
    Best — JSteiner

  6. Yeah, I tried to delete that comment when I realized that. Your blog says “… iPod and phone.” I think many of our brains put the two together. In any case, hope your audition went well. Break a leg!

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