I Got Cast for the Deuce on HBO!

So earlier this week I was sending out hundreds of emails and received responses all saying the same thing.

Hello Dan, we appreciate your taking the time to audition for us, however, at this time, we have decided to go a different direction.

Dealing with Rejection

Is it frustrating? Of course it is.  But to be honest, a lot of it has to do with luck.  I was just happy I got to perform for 5 minutes, show them what I have to offer. Aside from the cost of travel, the only negative was not being what the person or casting director was looking for.  But then doubt starts to settle in. You start thinking ‘What if I don’t succeed?  What if I can’t get cast?”

A couple days go by.  Same thing.  Email sent.  Email received.  Rejection.  Consideration.  Not the right type.  And so I decided to go for a run and clear my head.  My injured ankle is slowly starting to finally heal, and maybe listening to some Saint Motel (such an awesome band) helped it heal faster.  And as I’m rounding one of the last corners of my run, I feel that familiar *buzz* coming from my phone.  I stopped, walked, and realized it was an email.

Is This Real Life?


Ugh, I was tired of the rejections. Not now, not this time. I’m not going to read it. So I put the phone back in my pocket, bolted around my block.  No more emails today.  But then I felt another *buzz*. This time a text, from a weird area code. The message said

“Hi this is ____, Regarding The Deuce 8/4: Fitting details have been sent via email. Reply to email ASAP to confirm. Thanks!”.

What?! I couldn’t believe it.  I rushed up my drive way, into my house.  I checked my email.  It was true!  I finally got cast.  And it was for a TV show on HBO.  It’s a small role as an extra and it’s an experience that I am grateful to be given.  I get to act on a professional set with SAG actors and industry professionals.  I am excited to be part of The Deuce on HBO and can’t wait to get started.

In my next post, I’ll talk about the fitting and hopefully include tons of pictures.  Stay tuned!