Recently, I was seen almost 90 minutes past my call time at an audition for an industrial, where when I got in the room, I slated, did profiles, and then they filmed me sitting in a chair flipping through a magazine. That was it.
Here was the takeaway though: I was really surprised at the number of people who complained to the audition runner about how late things were running and asked why they weren't being seen. In general, on-camera auditions for commercials, industrials, etc. are run like this: they see everyone for a group before they move on to the next group. It has something to do w/organizing the video files for presentation to the client. So, they see all of the 25-30 something business men before they move on to the 20's college girls and finish with them before they see the Asian grandmas.
So, you can read the waiting room and don't have to act pesky to the audition runner! If you get in there and there are a few types sitting around, figure out what group they're on - yours? (short wait). The one before yours? (a little bit longer wait). Two before yours? (go put more money in your meter now, call the babysitter, etc. - you're going to be a while). It seemed like many people at the audition didn't know this, and there were quite a few people stressed out about getting tickets, or picking their kids up. I'm sure those folks didn't give their best auditions, and asking when they'd be seen made them seem more like amateurs who didn't know what they were doing.
I know this sounds kind of sucky. No one wants to wait 90 minutes past their appointment time for anything (and in fact if this was a SAG audition, they would've had to pay us to wait longer than 60 minutes). It is yet another reminder of the unbalanced power in an audition situation. But as actors, what we have power over is our preparation and our planning, including where we park (maybe a lot where you pay on your way out instead of a meter?).
P.S. check this out! It's a commercial I shot with the awesome Scott and Tory of Two Trick Pony!!