USA - "I was present at two major Broadway auditions. And I was shocked and humbled. I saw more than 10 aspiring Broadway performers standing IN LINE to go in the audition room obsessively texting." "believe me...none of those people got cast.." Posted January 17, 2012 by a teacher from a credible acting studio, who wrote this on his facebook wall.
Let us all agree that our society has big obstacles to face daily when it comes to texting, smart phone calls and technology etiquette in general! My partner is an award winning SDC Director/Choreographer, yes when a performer comes to an audition they are being judged from the moment that you walk into the space or maybe even the elevator. "Be President of the United States in your actions at all times even on your facebook wall." BroadwayGlobal.
Although the audition time may be just a few minutes, the person checking you in, or even a fellow artists may know the production team. Your working history, present attitude and actions will be judged. Keep that in mind when you are on your iphone texting your boss that you are running late for that real job that pays the bills. If your Mom just died and you are still trying to make it through that important audition to pay the light bill, you may want to remember the comments from an acting teacher's facebook post above.
I disagree that texting is wrong "in line" before you go in to an audition to handle that last minute business.. but I may not be the one checking you in. Yes you should be focused on your audition in whatever process works for you.
Many times I have helped out at auditions. It is true we all judge the complainers before they even see the production team. To be honest your work ethic is already going to show on your resume and be told by fellow performers. Even the high maintenance performers that come in to an audition with phones put away and smiling won't fool the professionals. They know how to find out your work ethic with just a few credits or calls from your resume.
Nothing makes more aggravated than to see someone on the phone at a check out counter or waiting on you at the bank, it is just rude! We have to all use a little peer pressure if we want grow as a society. Say something to them. Don't leave it to the cashier, store or bank to speak up, you as the customer can bring it to their attention that it is bad social etiquette.
It still saddens me though that we as a society judge a starving actor texting in line at an audition. Your comments could be posted in our next BroadwayGlobal breaking news.
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