By no means take my complaints seriously. If you are to read this post, I suggest read it in a more humorous/laid back tone.
I am not trying to scare you guys off either, I'm just telling it as it is. This is how things went and it may or
may not be how things go for you. ^^
Hey, just got from an audition at FUNimation! It was a long drive there and back in one day, since I’m coming from the Houston area. I have a feeling I will not be getting considered in the final evaluation of the candidates though. For one, everyone in the waiting room knew each other. And I don’t mean there were just a couple of people, I mean everyone who walked through the doors and passed the people who were looking at the audition sides were waving and calling out names like they were all buddies! Some bald guy came out from the back and was talking to two of the auditioners saying that he just came in to record for a current role in Panty and Stalking. He said he was playing Garter belt. Me, not knowing any of the FUNimation actors and actresses, couldn’t say who he was. I was in the waiting room for a couple of hours though since I got there a little too early. Not knowing the Dallas area I thought it was best not to stray too far from the building. It was in the middle of nowhere so I doubt I would have found a place to sit. The building didn’t even have a name on it. There was only a 1 on it that distinguished it as the correct building. The doors are all tinted and there’s a security lock on all of them. People like me and you guys can’t get in without someone else opening the door for you, which will most likely be another auditioner because the lady at the desk was not at the desk 80% of the time I was there.
When I was called to the back I met the director who told me that I was going to be in the sound booth/room thing. It wasn’t a booth; it was like a small room. Anyways, I felt a little taken bake by the guy because as we first met I had almost stuck out my hand to shake, but he was already down to business and didn’t even introduce himself. As well as when I was leaving, there wasn’t a clear goodbye either. I don’t know, but I found it pretty rude. It’s like hanging up a phone without saying goodbye. How do I know when the conversation is over? I mean, even if he was busy, a ‘bye’ isn’t too much to ask for is it?
As far as the audition goes, I auditioned for 3 characters. Wonderfully enough, the lines were all conveniently on a computer screen in front of the microphone. After I did my interpretation of the lines the director would then tell me which lines he’d like re-done, and he’d tell me how to re-do them. One of the characters I had the dialogue completely off apparently. I thought shocked was the correct expression for her lines, but apparently they were supposed to be more jokingly said. He asked me to keep the same tone I had though, so I guess he liked the tone.
My second reason for knowing I will not be considered? The guy didn’t even tell me when to expect the audition results. I have no idea if I’ll even be given the comfort of a rejection e-mail. Ha ha, so that was my experience at FUNimation. I hope this experience will benefit someone else in the future who’s going off to audition. Probably not though. I think this will only prepare you for how hardcore it is in there. I don't even know why I got an invitation to audition honestly. If they have so many professionals auditioning you'd think they'd consider someone like me a time waster. The only advice I have is to not go through the left entrance like the e-mail tells you. It said fire exit only and was locked. I gave up after the first try and went to the front. Good luck!
**EDIT** I was just informed that someone was able to penetrate the left entrance's defenses. Apparently it was a push door... **EDIT**