Monday, March 7, 2011
Today was a good day. I made a new website. This one is for my acting. It is JeffHoughton.net. You can check it out. JeffHoughton.com is all ready taken by my arch nemesis, Jeff Houghton. It is nearly completely done. I must admit, it is a strange feeling to be my own business now. It feels entirely narcissistic, but I think it is something I have to learn to be okay with. I was hoping that the website would look legit and look like it was done by a professional, not by a guy in a bed because he doesn’t have a desk.
That wasn’t the exciting part of the day. The exciting part of the day was while I was working on said website in said bed, I got a call from the folks at Community and they wanted me to come in to audition for a speaking role for the show. Say what?! What Up With That? It was just Friday that I dropped off my headshot. They wanted me to come by in two hours and asked if I was free. I tried to pause before I said, “Sure!”
So, they sent me a script and I went into the shower to practice it. There were only like five lines, but a couple involved yelling, so I tried to create barriers between myself and my housemates. Eventually, I arrived in the room where there were about seven others practicing the same lines. I kept wanting to ask the other guys questions about what we had to do in there. Did we have to have it totally memorized, or could we read from the sheet? Do they have to read everything before I say my line since it jumps around, or do we go straight in? What did people say their favorite food was before there was pizza? Yet, I asked nothing.
So, I went in and did it. It went pretty well. I have no perspective on if it was great or horrible, but it seemed good. They gave me another sheet of additional lines and told me to come back in with those lines when I was ready. That went fine as well.
Here are my thoughts on my first audition. Although I was a little more nervous than I would have liked, it was not scary or intimidating, it was just me with two other people in a small room. They were nice and I felt like I belonged. It was great to get my first one out of the way, now I want to do more, I just needed to have one under my belt. It really isn’t too bad. 13 affirmation points.
Exciting news number two. I heard back from the health insurance people and I got approved at their ‘standard rate.’ I was not anticipating that. It will save us a lot of money. 11 affirmation points.
Exciting news number three. I went to a show at iO West featuring my new friend, Dana. It was a great show called ‘Celebrity’ and this time featured Eric Stonestreet, who plays one of the gay guys on Modern Family. I talked to him for a bit afterwards. Then, I stayed and watched the next show which featured Tim Meadows.
I’d like to think that I play everything cool, but the truth is, this experience is such an up and down thing yet, so I might as well enjoy the ups.