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Anonymous Showbiz Confessions Post #6

November 27, 2012

All of this week’s posts are written by my fellow Green Room Bloggers (not myself…or are they?), but I have published them all under my username to protect their identities. Hope you enjoy their confessions!

Confession: I have withheld information.

I was at an audition a few weeks ago for a one line role on a TV show. My male nurse character had to say a name that was Indian and not so obvious about its pronunciation. I knew this in advance, looked it up and practiced saying it right. At the audition, another actor going iin for the part asked “how do you say that?” Instead of telling him the correct way, i just said “I don’t know.” I felt a little bad later, because frankly this was the type of role that is going to come down to type, he was a muscular black guy. if he says the name right or wrong, it probably doesn’t matter, what matters in this casting scenario is who looks better with the two Indian people in the scene probably.

Probably. But the reason I didn’t tell him wasn’t so I would necessarily have an advantage, although that was a big part. It was because it was HIS job to know that, not mine to tell him. It was a one line role. You literally had to say 5 words, if one of them is weird, research it! I did feel a little guilty for not helping out a fellow actor (we all know we need as much help as we can get in all things). But in this case, he was my competition and he was unprepared, so if I did the work, that’s for me to reap the benefits.

I didn’t book it, and didn’t see him at the call backs either so, you know, whatever.

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