"God I love this mother fucking town!" -Johnny Drama, Entourage
Drama may have been talking about the greatness of New York City when he said this, but for me...that's Austin. I had an audition down south and it went very well. We'll see what happens.
The adventure however was insane. I needed to get down there but I noticed my tires weren't in great shape. So the night before the audition I asked my mom if I could use her car. As luck would have it, or maybe I just have the best mother in the world, she said yes. So I took her car. It's a great car with cold a/c. That's important here in Texas. I left with about 4 hours before my audition. The only this is my audition was cross town during rush hour and I was projected to get into Austin around 5pm on a Friday, the Friday before classes start at UT. Not the smartest thing I've ever done. Well, I show up in Austin around 4pm and yes... there was traffic...a lot of traffic. I did, however, get to my audition not only on time, but early! It was fun and a very relaxed audition. Then after the audition I went over to my aunts house. She nor my cousin were there cause they left town for the weekend. I got to hang with my uncle Roy, basically the coolest guy in Austin. He's a musician and all in all is completely a bad ass! I showed up and we were just hanging and he says, "You haven't seen my studio!" So he takes me out to check out the studio and it's bad ass. Turning the garage into a kick ass studio for musicians to come in and record an album. He asks, "you got any new songs?" I tell him, "sure do." "How bout we record one. Got time?" Of course I said yes and he set up a mic and the guitar. I'm not even nervous which is rare. I don't like singing in front of people. So he hits record and I whip out the song! I forgot a few lyrics during the second verse but other than that it went smooth sailing! He loved the song and said I should come back someday and we'll really spend sometime on it. The recording was done and before I knew it I had a new cd to jam out to! Only it was my voice I would be hearing.
The day couldn't have been going any better. I just had a great audition, then I recorded my newest tune and now I was going to hang with one of my best friends who I haven't seen in months. Actually since my last audition in Austin. Then...it hit.
"ring, ring. ring, ring" my phone rings.
"Jon...your car broke down on me."
It was my mom. Unfortunately there was more problems with my car than just bad tires. It started over heating on her. Luckily it wasn't anything serious but it's still costing me over $300! Being a broke actor...this is what you dread. To be car less in a city you need a car. Well, I need to figure out a way to pay for my car and all my bills this month. It seems like its LA all over again. The career is doing good and I'm getting a lot of calls, but the day to day living just keeps taking hit after hit after hit. Luckily this time I'm at home and not out West.
All in all it was a great trip and I love AUSTIN! Now I got to get ready for my call back from the audition last week.