The Day of the Audition and an Afternoon of Binge-Watching Netflix (8/19/18)

Today was the day of the audition. I tried to make sure I went to bed decently early, and wake up at 8:30AM, to leave by 10:00 at the latest, but we all know that didn’t happen. I ended up rolling out of bed at around 9:30 or so and hopping in the shower. By the time I had gotten out of the shower, washed my face, brushed my teeth, and dried off, it was already 10:15. I rushed to get dressed, quickly put on my shoes, and ran out the door. I ran down the stairs of the subway station just in time to watch the subway doors close and leave me behind, so I waited for the next train that left at 10:36. I hopped on, with my voice lesson from the day before playing in my ear, and I was on my way.

The train ride isn’t terribly long, a good 15-20 minutes, but I was still cutting it close. I reached 59th street and began heading over to the location on foot, which took about 5-10 minutes to get there. I ended up arriving at 200 W 60th St. for the open call at 10:55. I caught the elevator up with another guy who was auditioning, as we rode up the many floors. I attempted to make small talk, asking if he was auditioning for the Showcase as well, but he was not having it, only giving a short “Yeah.” When we arrived on the floor, it came to my surprise, (though it probably shouldn’t have), that the auditions were taking place in an apartment. The group is called A Class Act NYC, and they have different Showcases, Cabarets, and classes throughout the year. As I walked in the room, I realized what type of age range this Showcase was for. Though there were one or two people who were about my age, including the guy in the elevator, the rest were just parents and kids. The kids ranged from probably 10 to 15 or 16, and damn did I feel old. I mean don’t get me wrong, I play younger, but Jesus I am very glad I didn’t have a family push me to act when I was that young. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and an earlier start would’ve been amazing, but I liked growing up and just learning to be a kid. That and my mom dying when I was 12 probably wouldn’t have helped lmao. Not the best for a child’s mental state!

Sorry sorry all jokes aside- It definitely was interesting. I sat in a chair and waited for my chance to go in and audition for one of the people there; this woman whom I never got the name of. As people came in and out, I eventually got up to use the bathroom. I normally wouldn’t bring this up, but the bathroom in this apartment was worse than a furnace. I’m surprised my glasses didn’t fog up when I left it was so hot. But I digress. I finally go in, and find out when I’m in the room that there was a sign-up sheet, and I just didn’t get the memo. I mean I never got one, but okay it’s fine. I was also given a few lines to say for a potential commercial, so that was a “fun”. (I’ve done some TV and Film work, but no commercials) I sing first, bringing out Try Me, (of course) and it goes off really well! I was definitely happy that it all worked out and it sounded good. I then did my go-to monologue, which is Dante’s monologue from Promedy. I’m super comfortable with this monologue, but although the woman said I did a good job with it, for future reference I should go with something more obscure, because Promedy is super overdone. So that’s good to know. She said if you do it, you need to do it well, which I did (thank god). I thanked her for her time, and left.

At this point it was around 12:30PM, so I figured I’d grab some lunch before I headed home. I stopped by Subway, and got my usual– Footlong Italian Herb and Cheese, with turkey, bacon, cheddar and provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion, with chipotle and mayo for the sauces. Seriously a good sandwich– definitely try it if it sounds good to you. I gotta say though, why the fuck is Subway so expensive holy hell. Like I did the meal deal, where you get a drink and two cookies for like 2.50 extra, and my total came to $17+. Like I get it I’m adding extra things to the sandwich but damn that is expensive. Especially for fast food. (Thank you for coming to my TedTalk; @Subway lower your damn prices. Bring back them $5 Footlongs. I’ll even be your new spokesperson. I promise you I’m much better than Jared Fogle) Anyway, I catch the subway and head on back home. On the ride, I look to take a selfie of my outfit, because I want to post a quick update on Instagram (follow me @SaundersMichaelM), when I notice the woman next to me leaning in, partly to jokingly pose in the picture and partly to check her hair. I immediately seize that opportunity and take a few pictures with her, which I of course posted on Instagram when I got back. We had a quick chat and she was a wonderful woman. Honestly we need more people like her in this world- just have fun and goof off sometimes. If someone’s taking a picture, photobomb it. Why not!

Finally it was my stop and I head to my room, where I down my sandwich and decide what to do with the rest of my day. At first I was gonna play some League, but then I decided to binge watch the rest of Thirteen Reasons Why Season 2. I was on episode 5 I believe, and binge watched the rest of the season (8 episodes in a day). I just want to preface this and say ——— SPOILERS———.

Honestly I enjoyed the second season. I expected it to be bad, and it really wasn’t. Graphic at points, sure, but not bad. I will say there were multiple times an episode where I would say, aloud “Fuck you” after a character says or does something. But damn did the season snowball fast. It went from okay to the last like 3 or 4 episodes being super crazy and fucked up. From Bryce’s girlfriend actually being one of his rape victims, to her testifying, only to lie on his behalf, to finding out Hannah was a bully at her last school. To finding out Zach actually being Hannah’s first time. Also I just gotta say, Zach grew to be one of my, if not my favorite character in 13 Reasons. He’s grown so much as a character, and has shown to actually be really kind, and care about his friends. It was so satisfying when he finally stood up to Bryce, and called him out for what he’s done. I love it. I’m always 50/50 on Clay, because there’s times when I’m with him, and times when I think he’s either being a little bitch, or a complete prick. But damn when Bryce testified and you find out at the end of the episode that his entire story about him and Hannah was made up, and that he wanted her and she rejected him? Talk about a weak ego if one rejection sets you over the edge. It was so frustrating when he got off basically scot free. I realized afterwards though, that it was kind of a nod to Brock Turner, and how fucked that situation was. The judge even said he didn’t want this to affect the rest of Bryce’s life, and told him to be better in the future– absolutely disgusting. And then you have the whole thing with Justin becoming a drug addict, addicted to heroin– talk about some heavy shit. Oh and then in the last episode??? Like don’t get me wrong, I never was sure if I should feel bad for Tyler, but the fact that Bryce’s goon squad found him in the bathroom, and Monty, who you find out has been doing all the vandalizing and everything behind the scenes, bashes Tyler’s head against the mirror, shattering the glass, then repeatedly against the sink, and then dunks his head in the toilet, before shoving a mop, (very graphically), I might add, up his ass? Like my guy– I get your bummed you don’t get to go to the championships or whatever this year, but how the fuck does that equal SHOVING A MOP UP A KID’S ASS?? Like what the FUCK.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t give Tyler the right to shoot up the school during the dance, but Jesus Christ I sort of understand why he’d want to. Also, quick side note, Jessica fucking Justin when she’s started dating Alex again? Like c’mon man, don’t take the cripple’s girl. I get you love her but that’s fucked up. ALSO Clay’s family wants to adopt Justin?? Warmed me to my goddamn core. Now then, the last 15 minutes, with Tyler holding a semi-automatic or whatever high power gun that was, at Clay?? Jesus Christ I was not prepared for that at all. I’m glad he didn’t shoot up the school, but I was real prepped I’m gonna be honest with you. I know they were hardcore setting up a season 3, with Bryce’s girlfriend now being pregnant, and whatever’s gonna happen with Tyler, and honestly I cannot wait. Shit’s gonna go down and I am prepped.

Sorry for the long ass blog, but seriously, if you’ve watched season 2, email me. I’d love to talk about it! After binging the show, I played some League with my twin, as per usual, and am typing this before I head to sleep. It’s back to work tomorrow, this time for the graduation dinner at Emma’s Torch. Should be fun!

Until next time,

-Michael

A Class Act

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