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    -Meghan M.

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  • Despite 10 years of booking commercials and 1000 auditions, I learned a TON of stuff. And I BOOKED three new spots because of this class!
    -Kevin G. 

  • I feel like so much fear as gone away, concerning commercials, and that is Huge!!! -Adele R.

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CHRIS AQUILINO

1. What was the job for and who cast it?

Magic Jack, cast by Dina Buglione of DB Casting

2. What was the audition like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

I'm happy to say the audition was very fun. I knew going into it that I would feel at ease since the last time I auditioned for them they were down to earth and really wanted us to just "play." I arrived early, said hello to Dina and she asked me which role I was reading for. I was initially called in for "Customer" but I asked Dina if I could read for the salesman, and she was totally on board. From the copy I could gather that the salesman would be a more fun part to play with, and I wanted to see what I could do with it. I was in the first group and I think the staff was still settling in, so I had time to make friends with an actress to read opposite me and practice the delivery I was toying with in my mind. We ran it a few times, said what we liked about each others' take, and offered suggestions. Each time we read I got more and more comfortable with the copy and gained the confidence I needed to enter the room with ease. The audition room had a friendly atmosphere, the director, producer, casting director and casting assistant were all in the room. I read for the salesman, as well as the customer, and tagged every time. I didn't go in planning a tag, they just came naturally as the other actors and I were open to improvise. Each time I got a great response from the producer and CD, and as i walked out Dina double-checked that I would be available on their shooting day. I left with a smile, knowing that even if I didn't book the spot, it was a great experience. I found out I booked the part of the salesman and was really glad I asked to read for both roles!

3. What was the callback like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

No callback. Well, I heard a rumor that the first time I was seen on that day was actually a callback and they had brought me in from knowing me from previous auditions. (I had been on hold for spot a couple months before for the same CD and same product).

4. What was the set like and what 101 tools did you get to use?

The set was awesome. Very much like the blank white set of those Progressive ads. They were shooting multiple spots that day and I was in the first pairing to shoot. A tool that I used the most was probably the U-turn. The blocking was very specific because my movement revealed a sight-gag. Every time the director repositioned us, I had to double check that the steps I took would work for the new angle of the camera. Another thing from class I took to the set was to always live in an attitude of service. There was a moment when they were shooting directly on me for the first time (they had just been shooting opposite me previously) and I realized I didn't have my name tag. I knew the costume designer was very specific about the style of name tag I'd be wearing, so I made sure to ask the director before we shot my part if they still wanted me wearing the name tag. He said yes, and were really grateful I remembered, or else the shot would have been a complete waste. During the shoot, I just kept thinking of Bill taping us taking direction in back in Commercial Acting 101, and how stressed or concerned our expressions often looked, which reminded me to just smile and think "Everything's fine." It worked.

5. What's one thing you would keep, and one thing you would leave behind during the process?

I would keep the open communication I kept with the crew and the director. It was always good to check in and feel like there wasn't a gap between us. I would probably leave behind the stress I felt in almost being late to set. There was a terrible accident on the 101 which made me 3 minutes late. In the end, I contacted the first AD and it wasn't an issue, but the stress it caused up until that point was not worth it and I felt a little uncentered upon arrival. I would make sure to leave double the amount of time regularly needed to get there, just to be safe.