The actress who was going to play Anne dropped out today.
Surprisingly, I'm not surprised - in fact, I'm kind of relieved. She had shown little signs of committment so far and I'd started to doubt my choice.
I had asked her to play Anne because she 'looked the part' and because I knew her - we attended the same drama school (the same with Paul Clerkin, the other actor involved). Well, it turned out I didn't really know her.
Her initial enthusiasm gradually decreased as the project became closer to reality. Anyway I'm glad to get a second chance in choosing Anne.
I suddenly realise the urgency: we're shooting in two weeks time; I have about a week to find an actress, if I still want to rehearse before shooting. ANNEX relies completely on the actors' performances and their chemistry; besides, I'm an actors' director (and actor/director on this occasion) so there will be rehearsals.
I had booked a rehearsal room for Saturday; I'll now use it to audition/interview and, hopefully rehearse as well (the same day). I'm not quite sure what it's going to be: an informal meeting with chosen candidate followed by rehearsals? An actual audition day? The budget is tight, I'd like to avoid an extra booking of the room... So I hope to find the perfect actress, organise a meeting and rehearse the same day (Saturday 5th). But I know I'm not being realistic. It would be crazy to invite just one person, having based my choice on just cv, headshot and cover letter... 've got to meet the persons before I can decide. And of course it all depends on the amount of responses I'll get. As soon as I think that, I start panicking: What sort of actors are going to be interested and willing to do unpaid work? Then I remember: I do (and will do) interesting, unpaid work and I do not consider myself as a 'not good enough' actor. Thus, with a peace of mind, I start the hunt for Anne.