Honestly, I don’t have time or computer battery to write much today because – it’s tech week!
But this morning I read an article about actor Tessa Thompson and her “audition room trick” to get the job, and thought I would share it. In response to the question, “What’s your No. 1 piece of audition advice,” she said:
Just realizing that as much as they’re auditioning you, you are auditioning it [the part]. You’re seeing if you have something to say. You’ve done all this work in preparation, but when you come into the room, hopefully, it should be an exploratory time where you throw things at the wall, you let someone into your process, and you see if it’s a good fit for everybody. Starting to think about it that way really helped me change my perspective. I didn’t look at auditioning from a place of needing, it was from a place of flight.
Is that how you approach auditions?
What do you have to say? What can you throw against the wall?
What if you looked at auditions as an opportunity for growth, to serve the story and to serve the room? (With a big helping for yourself, of course.)
Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass.
As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination.
Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.
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