ArtView February 2016 - Page 14

Megan Peta Hill left her home in Australia to further her acting career in Canada. When she had a chance to audition for the hit series Supernatural, she needed to call on some important lessons about surrender and sacrifice. Earlier this year I walked into a familiar casting room, audition scenes in hand, and just the right amount of nervous butterflies fluttering around my stomach. It was a director-producer session, which are always very rewarding but can be rather nerve-wracking with such raised stakes! I was however, highly excited for this particular audition. More-so than usual. I have been a long-time fan of Supernatural and the opportunity to test for the show was exhilarating. Following my audition session, I walked out of the studio‟s front gates and into the rain (it‟s Vancouver, let‟s be real - it‟s always raining!), thankful for the opportunity to audition for such a renowned television series. However, after many years in the business I have learnt that after an audition, you must take what you can from the experience, be grateful for the opportunity, and then „Forget About It‟! If you spend the next week wondering „what if‟ and jumping every time your phone rings (hoping it‟s your agent), you will turn into a total NutterButter! This I know from experience! Instead, I have learnt that once I have left the audition room, I must surrender myself to the process, and know that if I am right for the job then things will fall into place. For a long time I have believed that the art of acting can be boiled down to two distinct factors: surrender and sacrifice. From the first day of concept development, to the final day of post-production, much of the creative process requires the cast and crew to make sacrifices, and surrender completely to the project. Ordinarily, actors are involved in such a small portion of the entire filmmaking process. We may be called to set for one day, or one week, or six months, but once the director voices those sweet yet sorrowful words, “That‟s a wrap,” the actor‟s job is essentially done. We hang our costumes, say our thank-you‟s, and begin the anxious wait for the release date. There are so many more hours of love and labour – and then a little (scratch that, a LOT) more labour – that happen before and after the actor‟s work on set. But for our brief time on any