Firstly, I just wanna say, I’m not the best MasterKey student. Sometimes, I miss readings, most of all my sits but I am genuinely trying. I do really enjoy reading Hannel, OG, Emerson, the blueprint builder, my DMP and the cue cards. And I find it puts me in a much better mood after reading them. I’m nicer to people, I feel happier and I don’t know whether it’s because of the Masterkey, maybe I’m giving off a better vibe or who knows but this week some pretty amazing things happened.
So, to start at the beginning…. I’m an actor and one of the statements on my DMP is that I want to work on a big TV series, and perform at the national theatre London (I’m from the UK).
National Theatre – London
Last week, my agent called me to say that I had an audition for Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), which is the new financial hub of the Middle East. ADGM are making a big TV commercial with M&C Saachi. I’ve been to lots of commercial castings in my life and I’ve never actually managed to book a job. They’re pretty hit and miss.
ADGM – Abu Dhabi Global Market
So, I went to the audition with a stinking cold and to be honest it wasn’t my best, I left the room and forgot all about it… which is something I’ve learned to do over the years. A few days later on Thursday, I got a call from my agent saying they wanted to see me again, so I went along and this time it went much better. The next day (Friday) I got a call saying they have pencilled me for the job, wow, I thought, that’s exciting. But I’m also aware that being pencilled for job doesn’t mean you’ve got it, they can quite happily pencil a handful of other actors. I asked my agent when I would find out and he said they would tell me on Sunday if I got the job and fly me out to Dubai on Monday. One of the hardest things about being an actor is having to juggle all the various jobs you have. I have a part time teaching job which pays my bills. So I had to cancel a whole week of work just incase I got the job because I couldn’t let them down on Sunday night and they would need to find someone to cover all my classes for the forthcoming week.
On Sunday, I’m waiting, reading Hannel, reading OG, reading my DMP and yet more waiting. Finally, my agent calls and says, “Ok so, it’s between you and another guy, you’re down to the last two, but they still can’t decide who they want, could you come back in for an audition tomorrow morning? Monday morning?”
“Of course I can,” I say.
On Monday morning, I go back to the casting studio for the third time, but this time, I’m on a call with the director in Dubai who is giving me some notes on my performance. We record a bunch more takes of the script and the casting director sends them off to Dubai for a decision.
I go back home and wait… more waiting…. So I read OG, my DMP etc… and potter around the house. I’m obviously very nervous and I’m also thinking that if I don’t get the job, I’ve just cancelled a whole week of work and will actually be out of pocket. However, after the week 7 webinar, I’m also consciously trying not to think negative thoughts, and I keep catching myself complaining, it makes me laugh.
My agent calls and says how ridiculous the whole thing is, that it’s unusual to be asked to audition so many times for something and also to be on standby at such late notice! Then he calls back at 4pm and says, they want you to pack a bag and be ready to leave for Dubai tonight. I oblige and pack my suitcase….thinking to myself how awful it will be if I have to unpack it again in an hour or two…. No wait, that was a negative thought, Argh!!! This is hard, haha.
At 6pm I get another call from my agent, “Ok, this is going to sound crazy but…. They want to fly you both out there (the other actor and myself) tonight and audition you again tomorrow in front of the client and all the creative team”
“Yeah, but they are going to pay you for your time, I’m just negotiating a fee, hang tight and be ready to leave.”
“Ok. I say.”
About 10 mins later, I get a call and my agent tells me the fee….I’m not gonna say how much it is, but safe to say, It’s more than I would make teaching at my language school in 2 months.
“So, let me get this straight… they are going to fly us both out there tonight, audition us both AGAIN tomorrow morning, and then pick the actor they want, but the runner up still goes home with a nice looking bank balance?
“Yep, says my agent, it’s a win win. So are you ready to leave?”
We’re both pretty dumbfounded. Apparently this type of thing never happens.
Next thing I know, I’m in a car on the way to Heathrow airport for a 10pm flight to Dubai. I find out the other actor is called Daniel and we have a mutual friend in common. I look for him as I board the flight but can’t see him. The flight takes about 7 hours from London to Dubai, but they are also four hours ahead, so we land at 9am Dubai time. I haven’t slept a wink on the plane, I tried.. .god I tried, but no joy.
I get out at the airport and recognise Daniel from his picture. We greet each other and laugh about how crazy this whole thing is but we both agree that no matter what happens, we’re both gonna do alright out of it. He’s quite different to me and I think this is why they’ve been deliberating over this decision for such a long time. There’s two private cars waiting to take us to the casting studio. We arrive at the casting studio both absolutely exhausted, red-eyed and smelling of yesterdays clothes. I manage to quickly wash my face and clean my teeth. We’re told to wait in a green room, everyone is very grateful to us for making the trip and apologies for how last minute everything is.
Then the client arrives and Daniel goes in to audition first, he comes back after about 15mins, then I go in. I give it my best shot, try and take the direction and go back to the green room. Thankfully, Daniel is a real cool guy and it’a not awkward, its more just strange. At least it will make for a good story I say. We smoke a lot of cigarettes and wait. Daniel, tells me he has an audition for Netflix the following day so wouldn’t actually mind if he didn’t get this job, it means he could go home and prepare for it.
After what feels like forever (about 45mins), I mean we’re both struggling to stay awake, the producer comes in and says “Ok we’ve make a decision”… now I know how they feel on X-Factor boot camp I think.
We’re going to go with Jules….
What! I think I was too tired for it to properly sink in, I was like “ok great, thank you so much”
Daniel and I have a quick hug, he congratulates me and I wish him luck with his Netflix audition Then they literally put him in a taxi back to the airport to get the next flight back to London. This is madness.
Then, I’m whisked off to an enormous Mall, where I meet the wardrobe stylist, Sam, and spend the next four hours trying on really beautiful, expensive suits, the type I’ve never owned 😉 (that’s humour not negativity)
We have a quick lunch, then it’s on to finding shoes. You see, he has to take pictures of everything I try on and send it off to the powers that I mentioned earlier to make a decision.
At about 5pm, we’re done. Can I sleep now? I say meekly, not wanting to appear ungrateful but also aware of the fact that only a pair of toothpicks could keep my eyes open.
I get back to my hotel SUITE (never stayed in one of them either) which is enormous, I order room service (when in Rome) and have a quick swim in the rooftop pool. I eat my food and crash into bed, having set my alarm for 5am the following day…. Yeah, thats right, we’re shooting the next day at 6am!
I arrive on set the next day having only had about 6 hours sleep in 48 hours and it’s just….awesome! We’re in a huge green screen studio all day. There’s a big crew and loads of fancy cameras and kit, it’s pretty exciting.
Lots of coffee, pretending to be amazed by things that will be CGI’d in after, and 14 hours later we wrap for the day. Again, straight back to the hotel, a quick bite to eat and it’s back into bed.
Today is Thursday, I’m currently in a taxi being driven from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to start filming. I know I’m not gonna get many opportunities to write my blog this week, but I always keep my promises 😉
I’ll be out here until Saturday night when I fly home. It’s honestly such a dream come true and it couldn’t have come at a better time, the money I make from this job will allow me to teach a lot less for the next few months and really knuckle down with the MasterKey 100%, plus work on my home business and of course follow my bliss.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading and I wish you all the best.
I greet this day with love in my heart.