Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Actor Audition Story: "Quick! Can you do an Indian accent"?


http://www.BonesRodriguez.com
http://www.Entreperformers.com

I got a text from a friend at 3pm asking if I could do an indian accent to be a deli owner.

Sure I can. I've been asked to do that before, and frankly, the guys at my local Subway were SURE I was bengali, and have taught me a few phrases. Good enough.

Apparently, my friend is doing a short film and the actors of indian decent that they saw weren't really able to do the scene to the director's liking, so they were kinda desperate, and they were about to cut the scene.

"Let me try my friend Bones" she said.

I got the text. I was there 1/2 hour later.

I looked at the scene for 15 minutes, they auditioned me, and they asked me to do the part in a few days. The entire process took about 45 minutes.

I started to think about what that meant as an actor.
It meant that they were happier to go with a guy who looked "kinda" indian who could do the scene rather than cutting  the scene entirely.
It meant that unless my friend KNEW WHO I WAS, they wouldn't have seen me,

It made me think about how often I am upset at Hollywood for not using Latino actors, or whatever, but maybe sometimes the few that they do see just aren't doing what the director wants, so they find someone else.

Who Knows?

The point is, I got the job!

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