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Travis Rocha

A Bad Audition

by Travis Rocha

Thursday, February 7, 2019


Yesterday was definitely one for the books, but for all the wrong reasons. After my theater class let out, my friend asked if I was auditioning for the directors’ showcase. I told her I wanted to, but that I didn’t know where to do it. She pointed me in the direction of the sign-up sheet and I jotted my name down for a 6:45 p.m. audition. I was really excited and immediately began thinking of which monologue I should do.

I enjoyed lunch with a couple of friends and then took a nap for a few hours. I woke up around 5:30 and it occured to me I wasn’t sure what day my audition was. I figured it must be a few days away at the least, but, of course, I learned it was actually that very same day! I jumped out of bed and started searching for monologues online. I settled on one from the film “Crazy Stupid Love,” but time was already running way too short. I did my best to memorize and felt like I had rough outline of it that I could improv through. It was 6:35 and I hurried over to the Ferguson Center.

The rest of the story is, well, pretty embarrassing. My audition went horribly and I completely botched my monologue. I apologized for being ill-prepared and the directors were very understanding. I told a few self-deprecating jokes and shared a funny story in place of my monologue. I had them laughing, but I think it’s safe to say I won’t be getting any callbacks.

I was feeling pretty mad at myself for not looking at the date sooner as I walked home. I chatted with my housemates and told them about how it went and we laughed about it. Afterwards, I went to my economics class and then ended my night with plenty of friends coming over to hang out at the Greek house. It’s definitely been a long time since I’ve embarrassed myself like that, but you have to take the good days with the bad. Hanging out with my friends made me feel a lot better and I’m grateful that Christopher Newport keeps me busy enough so that I don’t dwell on the embarrassing moments like that audition!

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