I got a call from a casting director this week to audition for the new Gus Van Sant film, Restless. I really have no interest in acting anymore. However, I'm willing to make an exception for an opportunity to work with one of the few masters in the industry at the moment.
I didn't really connect to the part at all once I got the sides. It's a big scene for the main character and my guy gets quite an earful. I didn't find anywhere to go either in my preparation or in the room. I showed up and read the lines and tried to take the directions the casting director offered.
I tried to be grateful for the opportunity and to do my best. I was successful at that part. I was up against a lot of the better stage actors in Portland. I'd like to get the part, there's no doubt about that. But I'd also be very happy to see some talented actor like Todd Van Voris or Michael Mendelsohn get a nice part on the big screen.
I was really glad when the audition was over and I could go back to being a non-actor. I like my new life.