A story from the Commercial-Audition Trenches awaits you on this fine Saturday. I went in this week for a Frosted Mini-Wheats spot. At most commercial auditions, you go in with a group of actors to get an explanation of the "scene" you're about to shoot. This one included a Mom sitting with the little animated Mini-Wheat guy and updating the upcoming calendar of events for her family.......
The Casting Guy running the session went on to explain:
"So, very important: The Mini-Wheat is not your friend. You're not sitting and chatting with him while having coffee. That would be ridiculous. He's more of an ally. A teammate. Ok?"
10 women who look exactly like me nod.
"When you mention Drew's spelling bee, the Mini-Wheat has great ideas about whole grains really supporting him through it."
10 more nods.
"Don't forget to non-verbally acknowledge the Mini-Wheat after his line."
There was a small figurine standing in for eye-line purposes.
"And then your last line is, 'You rock!' You'll say it and then give him a fist bump."
So, mime a fist bump with a tiny Mini-Wheat's stick arm. That's not ridiculous at all.
Welcome to my life.