Picking up from last time –
Wednesday went by pretty quickly. Once I landed, I went straight to my class at the Groundlings. I was oh so sleepy.
I felt bad about that in class – with my brain drifting in scenes (and possibly my eyes beginning to close as an audience member – so sorry classmates!). But we made it through. Everyone survived.
Then I went straight to work. I’m not sure how I powered through work, but somehow I did. Then boom, to bed as soon as I could there. And before you knew it, it was Thursday! (Late afternoon, time to go to work.)
They ended the last day of auditions at 2pm on Thursday. So, that’s 11am for me. When I woke up, I had the thought, “okay, they’ve seen everyone. Technically, my notification can come at any time.” I still was thinking Monday – maybe Friday if I was really lucky. I went to work, and for my dinner break, I went to an aerial silks class.
After I left class, as I was putting my shoes on in the lobby and waiting for my uber, I checked my email (just out of habit – not assuming that at night New York time I’d be hearing anything).
Sure enough, I had a new email from the BMI Workshop that said congratulations(!!!). (It had been sent around 10:30pm New York time.)
As soon as I saw the subject line, I gasped! But barely anyone was around, so apparently no one noticed (which was good, ‘cause it was a little embarrassing that my gasp was oh so loud, but how could it not be?).
I opened the email just to make sure I wasn’t mis-reading the subject, or that it wasn’t some detour of like, “Congratulations on showing a lot of promise. Maybe next year we’ll take you.”
Oh, no no no. It said I was in! As soon as I saw that, I called B. I knew it was late in Ohio (after 11 already), and I wanted to catch her before I went to bed. Thankfully, I did.
I sat in the car, crying a bit, sort of sounding like I was maybe hyperventilating a little, trying to get this news across to B.
The best part of all of this was that she sounded like she was crying to. She was so excited! I told her I was so happy she answered the phone. She said, “I assumed you were calling ‘cause you couldn’t stop thinking about it, and I couldn’t either. So I figured we’d talk about it. But this is incredible!”
I so loved that she cared that much!
In fact, later, I got some congratulations from people we mutually know well, such as one of her daughters.
I’d hear, “I hear your audition went wonderfully!” And I could just picture B telling the story in an animated way – especially because I saw her tell it in a fun animated way!
The night of my audition, when we went out after Amazing Grace, she was telling Stan (her former student) all about it with such animation and pride in her voice! It was adorable and lovely. (And a story about me could hold up at a dinner with someone on Broadway? How cool, right?)
And this is where I’ll pick up next time.