Today I auditioned for something for the first time in almost 5 years. As soon as I finished, I knew that everyone in the room was very satisfied with my audition and might very well have booked me on the spot...if it weren't for my scheduling conflict with some of the shooting dates. The folks in the room quickly began bargaining with each other.
"Well, we might not even shoot on that Thursday."
"Yeah, and if we do, I bet it will be a half day."
"But a schedule is a schedule and we can't bend the rules."
"If we shoot for three days, it could be the following week."
"We don't have the schedule set yet."
"We need people who are available on all of the days."
All this conversation flashed back and forth across the room while I stood in the middle, smiling, and holding my number (27). I began to think, in the moment I stood there, about how I might have reacted 5 years ago. I would have announced, "I'll give up prior commitments!" I would have lied and said it was no problem. I would have chuckled nervously. And by the end I would have walked away thinking, "Oh God, I wonder if I got it!" But today, I just stood and smiled and waited for the other people in the room to figure it out.
And here I sit, feeling so proud of the fact that I totally nailed my first audition. Evolution is the best.