Today, we wrapped up a six hour casting call for Episode 2 of The Last Client. This was Casting Call 1 of 2. In October, we’ll go down to LA to audition a few more people. Out of the 3,000+ actors who submitted, we invited the top 20 to audition today, and everything went smoothly, thanks to our great crew.
We rented out a rehearsal studio in the San Francisco Playhouse, which was located right across from Union Square. It was a beautiful, sunny day in the city and we wanted to keep the window open, but the street level noise was not ideal for our mics. Plus, there was some sort of drumming show going on in Union Square and a homeless people were shouting nonstop. Also, pigeons flew right into the window. Twice.
This rehearsal studio was amazing. Clean, comfortable, and a SF location, this suite even featured a lounge area with comfy couches for those waiting for their auditions. It took us a little while to figure out how to buzz people into the building and even longer than we’d like to admit to figure out how to unmute the phone (yes, Cal-grads), but the important thing is that we figured it out.
Of course, the highlight of the day was watching the actors’ auditions. It still blows my mind that all of them brought such different and unique performances to the table, further emphasizing the point that casting calls should be a safe space to experiment. And although this was my second experience sitting through a casting call, it was still surreal to hear the actors perform the words I wrote. I presume I’ll never get tired of that though.