LaShanna Stewart Talent

Thursday Theatrics: Relearning How to Audition

As The Wordz Blog excitedly launches Thursday Theatrics, it is really important to share how I’ve been relearning how to audition since departing my full-time job as a public school theatre director. It’s not like I’ve forgotten, but dang

 

LaShanna Stewart Talent
Photo: LaShanna R. Tripp photographed at Stewart Talent Atlanta.

 

You know it’s hard out here for a Tripp
When we tryna book a gig to pay this rent!

 

Shout out to “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” songwriters Cedric Coleman, Jordan Houston, and Paul D. Beauregard for this song. My former students about died when I’d sing my personal rendition of this Hustle & Flow hit every time they gave me heat about acting out their scenes!

 

See, it was like pulling teeth with most of them. But we had some jewels I could really work with that performed extremely well, and that made the job worthwhile. 

 

Now that I’ve been blessed to achieve one of an actor’s hardest goals, signing with a reputable talent agent, I’ve got to book some jobs so I can prove that I’m invaluable to their talent roster!

 

The cool thing is that my agent at Stewart Talent Atlanta loves everything I brought to the table. Albeit I was literally signed when they were mandated to close due to Covid-19 in 2020, I’ve technically gone an entire year and a half unable to land a commercial.

 

What the heck am I doing wrong, God?

 

I am super-blessed my wonderful agent hasn’t dropped me yet. But I had to re-assess my skill level. Commercial acting just isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I am comfortable on a stage, and I can get pretty goofy. But I’m finding that it’s really important to keep it simple and authentic when it comes to television acting.

 

Commercial actors alone must also have a number of skills, including great comedic timing and a range of facial emotions, not to mention the ability to perform on cue, memorize lines and analyze a character quickly. It can be daunting but it’s well worth it. 

 

At the moment, I am a professional auditionee working towards getting real good at booking these commercial auditions. And the cool thing? My agent offered me a chance to get placed on their TV/Film board to be submitted for those auditions as well! I am stoked!

 

One thing is for sure, most full-time, working actors I know stay enrolled in classes. With mostly everything being in a virtual platform, it’s not hard to locate a great class online – just a challenge at times to pay for it. 

 

Right now, I’m heading to continue working on this audition monologue for my agent. I’ll be back!

 

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