Posted by: nancykenny | December 5, 2008

Learn to Warm Up, Dammit!

I had a wonderful little audition yesterday (though any opportunity to audition is wonderful) where I was asked to prepare a song and a short monologue.  I was also asked to stick around after for a group audition.

Now, I spent a lot of time prepping for the song and monologue.  I warmed up my voice, ran the lines, ect.  However, I wasn’t really sure what to expect for the group portion.  I figured maybe they’d have us read together or maybe just play some acting games together to see how we interact.

I wasn’t too far off.  They did have us play some movements games set to music to see how well we played and responded to each other.  It was really no pressure and a lot of fun.  I’m a fairly active person so this truly was going to be a blast.

Well, the music began and we all started jumping around when suddenly I got an impulse. (Oh no!  She’s got an impulse.)  I was in stocking feet and wearing my lululemon pants which always make me feel invincible.  Like I can pull off daring athletic feats in those pants!  So I suddenly begin to slide down into a forward split.  It took me about a split second to realize that I don’t know how to do a proper split, but by then it was too late.  I felt a nasty thug under my right leg.  Did I even manage to perform a proper split?  I didn’t have time to dwell on it.  The music was still going and the other auditionees were approaching me.  I kept smiling, somehow pulled off a reverse tumble and bent my back at angles that would make the Matrix proud.

When the music stopped, I tried not to focus on the throbbing in my leg.  “Just shake it off!”  I told myself.  “Shake it off!” (sorry I couldn’t find the video)  I was already high on endorphins from moving my body around and begged my mind to forget about the pain my leg for just a little while longer.  After all, there was still a choreographed dance routine to learn.  Fortunately all pain and residual nervousness melted away (Damn, could I do the song and monologue now?)

So I smiled strong and proud and danced my little heart out.  I had a blast and it was probably one of the funnest auditions I’ve had in a long time.  But then we stopped and the pain returned.

OW!  I definitely pulled my hamstring and it kills.

Next time, I will remember to warm up before an audition that includes movement.  Either that or I will remember that I can’t do the splits.  At least not right now.

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