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"On Hold"

One of the things I don't like about being put "On Hold" after auditioning for a part is because of how it feels.  For those who don't know the term, this is what happens when you audition for a role in television or film and the casting team likes you, but aren't sure they're going to go with you.  They're asking you to be available on their shooting schedule (for your character) in case they cast you.  So, it's good news, right?  Sort of.

As an actor, we want to be liked, so it's good being put on hold because it means that the director likes you.  The problem with it though, parallels being put on hold on the phone.  Sometimes, you can be forgotten on hold.  Sometimes the caller gets so involved in "the second conversation" that he forgets to come back on the line to tell you what's up.  Ay, there's the rub.

I've been put on hold for a new television project that shoots in the city.  Now, my problem is that I was planning to visit my sisters, brother, and nephew in Chicago a couple of those days that fall in their shooting range.  Here's my dilemma:  Should I keep my schedule clear, "just in case" or go ahead and make my travel plans for later?  I already backed my travel dates up for my FringeNYC performance schedule, so now I'm dying to see the siblings.

These are among the challenges of the actor's journey.  We're often asked to put our lives "on hold" for projects that may not come to fruition.  Ah well, I'll figure it out.  For now, "Yay, I'm on hold!"

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