I just had a really tiring day. Haaaaay. Eto nga pala ang first entry ko for March. Ang bilis talaga ng araw.
This is what happened today.
I had to go to three go-sees this day. Tae. Ang haggard ko na nga eh kasi galing pa ako sa work.
Facial wash. Check. Toothbrush. Check. Hair wax. Check. Cologne. Check. Extra shirt. Check. Ano pa ba? Anong oras na? Oras na!
Takbo ako sa Glorietta 4! Hanap ng taxi. Luckily, for the models, most of the agencies that we go to are located either is in Makati or Quezon City. For this day, all three go-sees are in Makati. Good.
First stop. San Antonio. VTR for a fastfood. I don't know which one. Usually, casters don't tell the brand or product that their gonna audition for.
The first one was really quick. Okay. Before you go up and enter the elevator, make sure that you look your best. People are gonna judge you based on how you present yourself. Based solely on how you look. How you smile. If you look better on TV or in print, or neither of them.
You see, I, together with some hopefuls, move in a superficial world commercials, advertisements and ramp. Again, just like what I've said earlier, people judge you based on how you look, the way you move, present yourself. You don't really need to have the brains to do some of them. Kaya nga may mga stereotype ang mga models na maganda lang ang shell, pero wala naman talagang substance. Sad. But this is true to some people. May mga models din naman na masaya kasama, magaling sa kanilang piniling larangan at matalino.
Going back to my adventure, so nakapila na ako. Sandali lang. Konti pa lang kami kasi naman maaga pa.
"Okay, say your name, age and height."
"Hey, I'm Gaspard, 20 years old and I stand 5'10""
"Have you done any commercials yet?"
"Yes. I have done a couple of them and some print ads"
"How about acting?"
"I've been part of a theatre group before, so I'm exposed to it."
"Okay thanks! Please block your schedule on these dates ha. You can go now."
Ganyan usually ang mga eksena sa mga VTR. Mas mahaba pa ang ipipila mo kesa sa actual audition.
One down, two more to go!
Next stop, Legaspi Village. What happened on this VTR is somewhat the same with what happened on the first go-see. Nothing interesting really. Boring. Not a lot of people kasi nga maaga pa. (Models like to come in late most of the time. Hehehehe)
Okay, final stop. The third go-see. This one is kinda special kasi my agent just sent a picture of me to the casters and voila! May access na ako sa final casting! The only difference in this go-see kasi puro guys kami. Hindi mawawala ang mga Brazillians. By the way, nakita ko dito yung crush ni Nate. Isang Bench model. Nako naman! Magaling nga ang mata ni Nate sa pagpili ng crush! HAHAHAHA! So after ko ma-starstruck, balik ako sa pakikinig ng music sa phone ko.
Isa isa na nagdatingan ang mga guys. Mahigpit ang competition. Only one of us will be chosen for the shoot and earn big bucks (cha-ching!). I think we were around 30. May mga guys na familiar ang mukha kasi I see them sa mga commercials on TV na talaga. May nakasama ako na isang guy galing sa malaking bahay ni Kuya at isa pa na kakagaling lang sa elimination ng Starstruck. May isang guy pala from the Mossimo Bikini Summit. Tae. Ang hirap nito ah.
Pinatawag kami ng caster. Okay. Bibilisan na lang daw nila. Unang screening ay isang simpleng VTR. Name, age, height and all that crap. If they feel na you're not for that role, it doesn't mean daw na you're not good looking. It's just that you don't fit the role. Then you can go home na. HAHAHAHA! So ayan na. Isa isa na kami tinawag. I was one of the guys who came in early so I was up first.
Name. Age. Height. Commercials or ads done. Turn to your right. Smile. Turn to your left. Smile. Face front. Smile.
"Okay, Gaspard, what's your last name?"
"Okay, stay for a while ha. You wait with the other guys."
1st screening...Lusot! At dito ko nakita na kumonti na kami. Wala na din si Starstruck avenger. I think from around 30, 12 na lang kami. I met some cute guys nga eh. Syempre, friendly naman kasi ako. (Note: Friendly is different from a flirt.)
Next screening na! Okay, this time, may acting na. You have to say these lines and you have to show emotions daw. In character. You have to show that you're really eating something.
Okay, it's my turn na. Goodluck to me!
After a few minutes inside the studio...
"Gaspard, are you free on these dates?"
"I can rearrange my schedule for you!"
"Okay, have your measurements taken by the prod assistant. Then fill up the forms she's gonna give you. Then wait outside."
"Sige po. See you later!"
Lusot na naman! Swerte ko yata ah! So we went down to only 6 guys. This time, they will see if we look together with the other people who's gonna be on that commercial. Photoshoot with the leads.
That VTR ended with the caster telling us that they will call us if they will hire us. The thing with casters is that they will never contact you if you're not hired. So you just have to keep your fingers crossed. The good thing about waiting is the thrill that your getting. Ewan. May something talaga eh.
In this industry, rejection is a big part. Before you really get the big roles, dadaan ka muna sa butas ng karayom.
Oh well.... They never called me back. At least I had fun on that day. Maybe better luck next time!
I really have to tone my body pa! Ako yata ang isa sa tatlong least fit ang katawan doon sa VTR na yun! Nakaka-insecure! Pero kung face value lang din naman ang pagbabasihan, wala ang mga lalaking yun sa akin! (Ang yabang! HAHAHAHA)
Sige na nga. I have to keep my promise. Kelangan ko mag-exercise to lose all that flab. And I really have to tone my upper body! Feeling ko ang weak ng arms ko!
Congrats nga pala Nate! So fitness buff ka na nyan?!?! HAHAHA!