When instrumentalists audition — at least around here — all or nearly all of the audition process is behind the screen. I’m assuming singers don’t have that same procedure, but we instrumentalists are used to it. I have mixed feelings about behind the screen auditions, but I do understand why we do them that way.

Of course theater folk can’t do things the same way. The auditionees are seen. There isn’t any anonymity.

But no matter if things are anonymous or not during an audition, it seems that what goes on in an audition room should remain there unless the people audition ask for feedback and the panel is willing to provide that.

The New York Times reports about a casting director who actually tweeted during auditions. According to what I read, she “only” tweeted between each audition, and she didn’t name names. but how wrong can this be, and why didn’t she think it was wrong, I wonder? Certainly she is now going to be pretty well known, but I can’t imagine that’s a good thing. (Or is any publicity good publicity?) If she tweeted right after an audition, that person could easily see what she wrote about him/her, as could anyone else who was around and knew who went when.

I would never think to tweet during auditions, nor would I blog about those who auditioned. It’s not right. I might make suggestions about the process after having witnessed some things I think auditionees might want to avoid, but I’d never be specific about a player.

Here’s someone else’s take on this.

Is it possible that blogs, Twitter and Facebook have caused some to lose the ability to discern? I wonder. I have read things on blogs that I’m sure the blogger will regret. People tweet quickly, and I can swear they aren’t thinking about consequences. Same with Facebook. Seems like technology has caused us to stop using our brains. Sigh.

I fear I’ll do the same thing. Should I even be blogging? Have I put things up here that I will regret horribly?


  1. Perhaps because I’ve just been through an audition, this seems completely unacceptable to me. People are putting themselves on the line for you, and you make fun of them? Paul Russell is right–she should put herself in their shoes, and she should be ashamed of herself!

  2. It’s just entirely inappropriate to do things like she did. But I do think people have lost the ability to keep mouths shut (or fingers still). She did apologize … but didn’t she see how wrong it was to begin with? Sigh.