Sunday, January 12, 2014

Three Auditions part 3

My agent set up 3 auditions for me in November. The first one was for a TV series. I still haven’t heard back about that one. The other 2 are for movies.

I just did one of the two movie auditions I’ll be on this month. I think it went pretty well, but I’m up against a lot of other foreigners. Some of them looked like movie stars. Most of them didn’t. In Hong Kong, you never know if that’s good or bad. Sometimes they want us to look like whatever they think westerners look like. That’s based on whatever ideas are in their heads. One casting director once told me I didn’t look American enough. I don’t even know what that means.

This audition was for an American who can’t speak Chinese, but the movie is in Chinese, so the character speaks Chinese. They gave me lines written in Pinyin, which made it really easy to mispronounce the words. There are a lot of Chinese words that I can’t read, but I know even less Pinyin. None of that was a problem since they did that on purpose. They didn’t give it to us in Chinese because they were worried that if any of us could read Chinese, we’d say all the lines properly. With Pinyin, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get mistakes. Even if you do know Pinyin, whoever typed up the lines probably doesn’t, so it might not match whatever it’s supposed to mean anyway.

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