It's been such an interesting few weeks. I've had quite a few auditions lately - even callbacks - where I've received great response from the casting people and directors, but it just hasn't been "a fit." For one show, the writer wanted a Carol Burnett type, and I'm more Judy Holliday. For another show, the casting director liked my voice and how I could really rock, but the production team wanted a heavier woman, so... there wasn't much I could do about that. Even if they opted to "pad" me, as I looked at the women at the callback, I knew it just wasn't "a fit."
But the cool thing that came out of the one circumstance was that the director and casting director both called me to say how much they loved my audition and that they would definitely keep me in mind for future work, so that's excellent. And I know I'm making strides just by getting a callback or by having a casting director talk with me after an audition. All good stuff!
Of course, there can be a bit of that frustration factor because you want to book the gig, but it hit me today that it's like trying to fit into a shoe that's too small or too big. Either way it'll be painful or very difficult to navigate. But when the shoe fits - when the show fits - it feels GREAT! And this whole experience has been so useful in helping me embrace my type. So whether you're a hightop sneaker or a stiletto high heel (or a stiletto hightop), embrace who you are and what you have to bring to the table, and work to enchance those skills that make you even better. And most importantly, enjoy the ride! :)