Went to a superhero party last night. Caitlin showed up dressed as Black Canary, and I freaked out (tried to play it cool - probably didn’t succeed) because Canary’s one of my favorite heroes. I happily managed to flag her down for a photo alongside me as Cass Cain/Blackbat. I’m so happy. ;^;
Rowling says she regrets Ron and Hermione together, and the first thing to pop into my head is drunk Ron Weasley.
COMMENTS Magazine by Roz Chast.
I have nightmares about stuff like this.
Delicious juice, or household cleaner? Let your toddler decide!
(Photo and caption shamelessly stolen from Scott Freeman.)
New R;N trailer up. You get to hear me as Airi and Gezi in this. : D
(Actually, you get to hear all of the core cast in this, which makes it extra fun yaaaay.)
Recently, I held auditions for a project. Someone asked me afterwards when the winners would be announced, and it caught me off guard, because I never think of getting a role as being a winner. To be clear, I’m not calling this person out in particular, because I realized that even if other people don’t say the word “winner,” this is a powerful mentality that I see a lot in auditions and acting. It’s also wrong.
So hey, let’s talk. Auditions are not a race. The person who gets cast is not the winner, the people who don’t get cast aren’t losers, and the job is not a trophy. It is a job. An audition is a job interview. And like any job interview, there are a whooole lot of factors that go into deciding who gets the job. You may be the fastest at this job, but the company might be needing someone meticulous right now to offset the fast employee they already have. Or maybe you’re not the most skilled, but your personality is really easy to get along with, and the company needs a team player.
The same is true of acting. The director already knows what he or she needs. You may be very good at what you do, but if it’s not what the director is looking for, you won’t get cast. Maybe your voice just doesn’t have the tonal quality the director had in mind. Maybe your acting style is too similar to someone else’s and that person’s already been cast as the lead. Maybe the director heard someone really great during the last round of auditions and wants to give this actor a chance now. It’s a lot more complex than pointing at one actor and going “this one.” Even the most prolific actor you can think of has had many more auditions than roles. You just don’t get to see all of those.
I love holding open auditions because I get to hear new talent, but I hate holding open auditions because that’s just even more talent I have to say “not this time” to. And for some people, especially people who have just started out, that’s pretty crushing. And I don’t like making people sad. But when I get 500 auditions, there are going to be 490 people I’m going to have to say “not this time” to. Because all that hard work you’ve been doing? Turns out 499 other people have also been working that hard, and they also want it just as much as you do.
In the end: Do everything within your power to make it impossible for the director to say no. Be a better actor. Then be better than that. And when you don’t get cast, then you know you did all you could, and that sometimes there are things that are out of your hands.
My New Year Resolutions:
-Eat a thing. Maybe more than one.
-Cast the One Ring into the fires of Mt. Doom.
Ties That Bind, Ch. 04 Pg. 19
Drawn by Micah Solusod
Written and colored by Ayu Sakata.
Last panel is my favorite. : D
A Merry Christmas Eve to all our sakefans! Tons of exciting news about Backstage Pass, starting with our gift to you guys - a shiny new trailer featuring the opening song by Junko Fujiyama and Mili. PLUS, the trailer also features a preview of our animated opening sequence, straight from Japan! Please look forward to animated opening and ending sequences in the final game.
In response to popular request, we’ve put Backstage Pass on Steam Greenlight. If you’ve got a Greenlight account, please vote it up and share it with your friends.
Pre-orders for Backstage Pass are now open! Anyone who pre-orders will receive a set of two Backstage Pass wallpapers, and an MP3 of the opening song “I Can’t Believe It” featured in the trailer. You’ll also get early access to the game next year before anyone else, and codes for Desura and Steam (if we make it). If you’ve got a discount code from a sakevisual contest, it will work on these (and it it doesn’t, message me with your code and I’ll make sure it does).
I can’t believe I forgot to reblog this on my own tumblr until just now. Everyone give Ayu a round of applause. orz Anyway, this is Backstage Pass - a game I’ve been working on for a very long time. It’s going to be fully voiced, directed by yours truly, and you’ll be hearing several of your favorite voice actors in it. If you have a moment, please vote it up on Greenlight. We’d all appreciate it very much.