Are blind auditions advantageous or ridiculous?
I’ve been giving more thought to holding blind auditions for my upcoming show and I have resigned myself to believe that they aren’t feasible for me. And, normally, I am a person who would say a ‘not now’ or ‘maybe in the future;’ but I think this time, I mean ‘not at all.’ I do really enjoy watching people and seeing how they move through the process of acting out a role for the first time. Especially a role they want and or are really reveling in.
Would I want to miss seeing someone enjoy a role for the first time? Absolutely not. And it’s not as if I were on the voice, where once I hit the button, my chair spins around immediately and the person is revealed! That’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works. I can only imagine physically maneuvering my auditorium seat around, tearing up the floor beneath me, and destroying the moment–midst audition.
I don’t disagree any of the potential opportunities available to new, mature, and advanced directors who want to or do presently utilize blind auditions. But, knowing me, as the half excitable and easy-to-exclaim-able (is that a word?) person, they would not work. And I think that’s okay.
I am okay with following ‘normal’ (for lack of a better term) audition process this time. ‘Til next time.