Tonight’s topic is one that I have had in the back of my mind (maybe THAT is what is taking up the room where my memory for names/faces should be) for a long time. Today’s incident at the Film School sealed the deal.
Five years ago, when I started auditioning at the Film School, I didn’t know anyone. When I went in twice yearly to audition, there would be a new trio of faces behind the camera and directing the action. Over the last year and a half, I have been sufficiently involved that the faces behind the audition table are frequently ones that I have encountered on one project or several projects as the students cycle through the various responsibilities involved in making a film.
When Laura walked out to call me, I could mentally check off one face (and Facebook friend). Another young woman in the room is a student I have dealt with, but not someone I have worked with extensively so that interaction was okay with a “hey how are you?”. But the student behind the camera is a student I have worked with on enough films that I have lost count. I said, “Oh, I think you auditioned me last time.” He said, “No, I didn’t work auditions last time.” Backpedal, backpedal. I kind of brushed it off, naming the person who auditioned me last time. But I was still struggling to name this person.
But, as my experience today showed, I am far from being any kind of “memory champion”!
In the meantime, bear with me if I ask your name again (and again). And if you have a juicy role coming up in your film (or not juicy, just a role) (or a job trimming beer bottle labels for the breakaway beer bottles!), let’s face it, all you have to do is call my name.