OMG...one of the craziest days of my life happened in an audition! After this ordeal, I knew I was either completely insane or I had found what I would be doing for the rest of my life because this experience should have traumatized me for life...LOL! Ready...Here we go!
So in the beginning of this journey, my mother, bless her heart, started to look for opportunities for me to gain more experience with modeling. She found an ad online that an agency was looking for a family or family members to shoot a commercial as guest at an amusement park. We had to drive over 2 hours to the audition, but it seemed like a great opportunity.
When we pulled up to the building; there were people walking in from all over the place, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, women,men, children, teenager; Black, White, Asian, you name it they were there. We were immediately a little intimidated as we didn't expect so many people to be there all at once. As we approached the stairs a young adult, maybe about 19, came out of the building swearing and really upset. He and his mother started to argue, he started to turn red and she said, lets just go "F" it, just get in the car! I was really nervous now! My mom double checked the address to make sure we were in the right place. As we walked through the door, a girl was storming out crying!
We sat in the lobby; hoping that the big building we walked into held a counseling center in it as well. That's when a lady came out dressed in black and yellow stripes and polka dots, she had on huge white glasses and a big hat with a flower on it. She looked like a character from a kid's show; we named her The Bee Lady. We all looked at one another like, what in the world was happening! She told me how pretty I was, handed me a script, explained the process and described the scene and went back into her office.
Everyone needed to line up outside of her door. As we lined up, someone came out of her office and told us that she was a B*%#h! That she was crazy and this was a waste of their time; they hadn't driven hours to be abused by a crazy lady! It was like a scene from American Idol Rejects! I immediately started to cry, I couldn't do it. My mom took me to the bathroom and pretty much yelled at me; telling me to pull it together. I just cried harder and grew more hysterical. She then decided we were going to leave; to turn around and drive over 2 hours back home without even trying! She was extremely upset, but so was I! I told her that I was going to stay, I would do it! She said no and demanded I get in the car! I said, "No, if I leave now, I'm never going to do it and I'm always going to be scared". I begged her to let me do it.
As we stood in line, person after person came out upset. Each person went in hoping to please her and after each audition, they walked out almost in tears! After every couple of auditions she would come out and explain what she didn't want, what she would not tolerate and what she expected out of each audition! I just stood their sniffling, hoping to not breakdown again while everyone else was reading over their lines with one another. The most I could do was stand their, I was too upset and nervous to read my lines. OMG, we were next, she asked my mom which of my parents wanted to read with me (my mom's friend was with us and she assumed he was my dad). She was intrigued by "our nationality", saying he looked exotic and how much we looked alike. We both politely thanked her and neither of us corrected her, I just stood their like a statue waiting for my Que. We read the lines as she instructed! Her eyes lit up and she grew excited! She told me to go get my mom. I went out to get her and the three of us stood in front of her desk while she went on and on how we were exactly what she was looking for and how talented I was. She then instructed her assistant to go out and tell everyone else in the waiting room to leave; she had found her family and then...WE NEVER HEARD FROM HER AGAIN!
When we got home my mom googled her reviews, which she has learned to do beforehand, lol. There was review after review after review of people complaining about her, telling about their strange encounters with her, and how she was a complete nutcase...LOL. Now we research every agency thoroughly, ask a bunch of questions, and I learned that every audition isn't going to be a good experience, but after I got through that, every single audition since has been a piece of chocolate cake!