Today I auditioned for Disney. Disney Cruise Lines. For the role of Ursula.
As a child I remember seeing Drag Queens: beautiful women, fabulous, and oh so charismatic, and telling my mom that’s what I wanted to be when I grew up. She quickly squashed that dream, telling me it wasn’t possible. It wasn’t until many, many years later I understood why. Imagine my glee when I see a casting call for the role of Ursula, because let’s face it, that’s as close to Fabulous-o Drag Queen as I can get.
Auditions are the necessary evil for the working actor to perpetuate their career. I treat them as work, have survived hundreds of them, but I haven’t yet mastered the art of auditioning where I can just “pop in” nonchalantly. It takes my full focus just to keep my nerves at bay. “Fake it til ya make it.” Also, having auditioned for Disney before, I know they do multiple rounds of callbacks after the initial audition, which quickly eats up your entire day. Knowing this about myself and Disney, I was super responsible with my Grocery Store job and requested this day off a month ago.
Now picture my surprise when I get 2 texts and a voicemail from my supervisor at the grocery store. My stomach quickly knots and I check my google calendar. Whew, definitely not scheduled to work THAT job today. What does she want? I listen to the message and heave a huge sigh of relief…which quickly turned into annoyance. She needed to ask me a question that, not only did I not know the answer, but it did NOT pertain to me in the slightest. I am a nobody at the grocery store. I clock in, I’m nice to everyone, I get the job done, and I clock out. You’re a supervisor!
I made the mistake of responding to my supervisor (via text), to which she then kept me in the loop of what was going on. I don’t care. Tomorrow I will care. I will care so hard tomorrow, I’ll even offer helpful solutions. The store will survive this one day without me. This is my day off, and today I’m a working actor. Please. For my soul. Let me be a working actor and enjoy a day off from food retail and customer service.