Around a year after I booked my first acting job, I finally landed a commercial agent. These agencies strictly handle commercial auditions, no television or film work. I was waiting tables and some customer said she had a high school friend who was an agent at a pretty big commercial agency. It’s one of those fortunate things that happen. Kind of a Hollywood story. Anyway, her friend signed me. Sent me to a whole bunch of commercial workshops to learn the tricks of the commercial trade. Then it was non stop auditions for about a year. Sometimes three a day. But never booked a single job. My self esteem started to waiver. What the heck!? Not even one. I decided to take as many classes on commercial acting as possible. I was going to beat this bad streak. I must of spent at least three grand on the workshops. In one workshop I stayed after class and with tears in my eyes I asked the instructor for the secret answer. Why couldn’t I even get one job? His answer was so simple. “Have fun and commit?” That was so simple. I decided the next commercial audition was going to be mine. Several days later I was sent out for a new Snapple drink that wanted to make a commercial with the theme of Benetton colors around the world crap. They wanted a rainbow of colors to represent their consumers. I decided it was time to commit. The casting director wanted native looking ethnic people. I am of Korean decent, so I went as a native Korean. I borrowed traditional Korean clothes from a friend and went into the audition.
INT. ROOM FULL OF ACTORS, WHITE, BLACK, LATINO, ASIAN.
Casting Director. “I’m going to take in five at a time. You two and you and you two. So one at a time tell me your name and what country you are from.”
ACTOR 1. Tom bla bla, Holland.
ACTOR 2. James blab la, Nigeria
ACTOR 3. Eric bla bla, Guatemala
SUNG. My name…Kang Sung Ho….and Uh…I am…prum the Korea.
CASTING DIRECTOR. What is your name?
SUNG. I am prum the Korea.
CASTING DIRECTOR. How long have you been in LA?
SUNG. I prum Korea, anddddddd….Korea iz….I’m Korea.
I felt so authentic, felt so committed to my work as an actor. Now that’s Method Acting!
Around 6pm I was hanging out at home feeling good about myself when the phone rang.
“Hello may I speak with Sung Kang.” ‘Yes this is he.’ “No Sung Kang.” ‘Yes, this is he.’ “Did you come in for a Snapple audition today?” ‘uh, yes’ “You speak English?” ‘yes’ “That’s not funny!” She hung up… My commercial agent called me the next day and said they were not happy with I did and maybe best we parted ways. She said what I did was very unprofessional. So the lesson from all this is balance.
Adios Party people.