There are certain actors who always work with certain directors. This isn’t anything new and I always thought from the outside looking in that this was just nepotism. After a year of trying to learn this industry, I realized that it wasn’t nepotism, it’s just expediency.
I truly believe that there are more talented actors than roles available. Casting is this enormous ass ache. You have to cast (ha) this enormous net into the ether to see who is out there, spend hours reviewing all the people, and then going through another round of callbacks to see who you’ll choose. Even that doesn’t guarantee that the casting will actually work out, the actor could be awful the day of, or just terrible to work with.
Once a director and a crew gets to know you, working with them gets drastically easier. If you like working with each other and they know they can count on you, then every job where you can kind of fit the role, they always reach out to you.
I had done a commercial for a production company really early on and I really hit it off with the whole crew. From then on, they’ve always reached out to me when they had something that I could do. I’m incredibly thankful that I was able to be in this position and it’s always a blast working with them.
I got an email from them in Spring of 2019 saying that I should come in and audition for something. Of course, I was more than happy to do so, but I thought it was odd. I hadn’t auditioned for them in almost a year, and I didn’t think that I had done anything wrong in the last few shoots, so I was really hoping they weren’t unhappy with any of my performances.
Once I got to the studio for my audition, I remember walking in and signing all the customary NDAs. I got the script, and I went through all my usual prep. There was a different energy in the room that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was bullshitting with all the people that I knew, then, when my name was called, I walked into the audition room, and away we went.
I remember walking out of the audition feeling pretty good. I wasn’t sure that I had nailed it, but I knew I didn’t bomb it. That was about as optimistic as I usually am after an audition.
The next day I got an email from the AD that I usually work with saying that I was on the shortlist and I was awaiting approval. Approval from whom do you ask?
A Mouse. A very very famous Mouse.
I actually had to sit down for a second after I got that email. I am a huge fan. Anyone that knows me knows how much I adore all things under the umbrella of the Mouse. Marvel, Star Wars, all of it basically encompasses my entire childhood.
After I recovered a bit, I thought, wait, is there anything that I need to take down from social media? After a quick scroll through, I decided nothing was too off-color. The hardest part about the waiting was also not being able to talk to anyone about the waiting. There is a certain nervous energy that needs to escape and when you can’t tell anyone anything for risk of not getting hired, well, it’s a trip.
So I waited—for just a few hours. The reply?
“We are a go.”