Before I get into this write-up, please see my post after the 2012 UCB-NY auditions (no, I didn’t audition there too).
You did not get on a UCB Harold team
And now read this from Joe Wengert:
“Thoughts About Harold Auditions”
I did not get a callback.
Out of 10, I would’ve scored my scenes as 7.75 and 7.25
This year, I believe I would’ve needed to score a 9 or 10 because…
over 500 people auditioned for UCB-LA this year. FIVE HUNDRED!!!!
I am very happy with the way my 2012 UCB-LA Harold audition went. Could it had gone better? Of course. Overall, I’m extremely pleased with the work I did in that room. Had been on fire and killed it, I would’ve gotten a callback. Doing great, solid scene work that isn’t mind exploding can only get you so far in these incredibly competitive auditions.
Having a good mindset before and after these auditions is very important. I think one huge advantage (aside from having done improv a long time) is I am an actor. I audition a lot. Actors tend to audition much more than we book. You need to go in the room, nail it, get out, and forget it. I also think that my mindset is in a much different place with improv than it was even a year ago. I am having a lot of fun with improv. All these teams, drop in rehearsals, last minute shows, are so damn fun. I’m signed up with an awesome indie improv class and just signed up to start classes at another theater. Why? Because I really love doing comedy, performing, and improv. It’s also starting to bleed into my writing more than it has before, which is making me very happy.
Again, I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but if you’re not having fun, please, for yourself and others, Stop Doing Improv. Take a break. Come back to it later. Don’t torture yourself. Do what feels light and fun and good.
I’d also like to mention where UCB started (and improv in general) and how far it has come. It was a much smaller performance group that expanded to a show and then a theater in NY that no one heard of. It’s grown into an awesome platform where people can harness their craft and grow as improvisors, writers, actors, and artists. Don’t forget about the community you are a part of. It’s much more than just one theater or one location…
Improv is Everywhere you guys. Like, seriously. Improv Everywhere takes what is fun about improv and blows it out to a grander scheme. It’s pretty genius. And anyone can do it. Remember that you’re already part of something (improv) that is really cool and can be done on a small scale, with your friends, wherever.
Be you. Have fun.