So, I did it. I went to a local talent agency, prepared to wow them with my ability to ad lib, tell stories, hear my voice…..
And I bombed.
Well, I’ll admit, I was nervous. You go into a room, sit in front of two people and perform. The instructions were to do a monologue. To me, Jay Leno, David Letterman, etc, those people open their shows with monologues. It’s a comedy staple. Well, strike one–when they said monologue, they meant an acting piece, around 3 minutes.
I delivered a monologue about myself, including a couple of true stories that I always felt would belong in a standup bit.
But I could tell the second I was done, something was wrong. “Well, that was nice..but…”
The good news–I haven’t been banned from the place yet. In fact, I was invited back to come in and do an actual theatrical monologue, which of course, now I have to figure that one out. I looked at this as going outside of my comfort zone. Not just doing what I have done throughout my life, but going out on the edge and taking a swing.
So, as a follow-up to my last blog, Spielberg hasn’t called yet. I have no representation. But I’m going to get back on that saddle and try it again. Or, maybe I’ll just leave the saddle at home and stand there.
Wish me luck. Oh and yes, I’ll let you know the end result.