First of all, there's the article from the NYTimes about what it's like to audition for Saturday Night Live, in front of Lorne Michaels. It's in that multiple voice interview style and has voices from throughout the series (Chevy Chase through Dana Carvey, then Molly Shannon, Jimmy Fallon and even current cast folks). There are links to extended interviews with a few folks, and within all of that, there's footage of Kristin Wiig at the Groundlings, and the original auditions of Dana Carvey, Will Farrell, and Jimmy Fallon. There's also a video interview with Fred Armisen. It's a really eye-opener to how comedy looks easy but comes with so much anxiety, and the silence in the videos is excruciating. Worth checking out.
Vegan side note: if you like eating veggies and even if you don't, you gotta get on Thug Kitchen. Completely NSFW - lots of foul language and f-bombs, but great recipes and ideas for eating healthy food made from plants, and lots of capping on snack food companies.
Had a big audition last week. Because there's nothing concrete to remember these accomplishment/milestone moments, I like to reward myself with objects that help me remember these successes. In this case, it was a trip to the Muji store in SOMA where I found these socks. Which are awesome. What can I say, sometimes it's the little things.
I believe I've mentioned the Geena Davis Institute for Gender Representation in Media at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism, yes? A new report from them on gender inequality in the top 500 films from 2007-2012 tells it like it is.
And finally, this woman just rocks my world with her talent, originality, creativity and refusal to let others shape her image and message. Here's something from the album that comes out next week, and here's something I just found on youtube this week: her first studio album, unreleased. The track that starts at 1:43 may be my new 'I just auditioned and now I'm done' celebration.