Audition Recap

by Kirsten on March 8, 2013

Phew! San Francisco auditions are over. Kari and I spent a total of 15 hours in a conference room tucked away at the San Francisco JCC as 51 women and 3 men walked in a left a little piece of themselves in our hands.

It’s one thing to read someone’s words on a computer screen and it’s quite another to see them come alive when read aloud. We laughed, we cried. It was a roller coaster of a day (and a half!) and we feel like we’ve experienced a marathon Listen To Your Mother show. I had read everything that was submitted beforehand, but Kari was hearing each story with fresh ears. This approach gave Kari the perspective of our audience, which has really helped as we piece together the stories that will make up LTYM San Francisco 2013.



As each person left, we handed them a small token of our appreciation. Somehow the little bag filled with chocolate (of course), didn’t seem enough to convey what we were really feeling. Our laughter and our tears were genuine and the stories and faces have stayed with over the past few days. Kari and I have had at least a dozen phone calls and the cast list is different each time we hang up and agree to talk again later.


At the bottom of our notes sheet were three options: yes, no, maybe. Late on Tuesday night, we started to sort the stories and there was not one sheet in the “no” pile. It may sound cliche, but each and every story we heard is worthy of making it in to the cast for our 2013 show.  And so we continue and deliberate. As we were being politely asked to leave our little conference room on Tuesday evening, Kari said she finally knows what it’s like to be The Bachelor, in love with 51 women and 3 men all at the same time and each time we set aside a story, it felt like the hardest decision we’ve ever had to make. But we will soldier on!

Stay tuned for the San Francisco cast announcement coming soon. It won’t be THE MOST DRAMATIC CAST ANNOUNCEMENT IN LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER HISTORY, but we can promise it will be amazing.

In all seriousness, Ann Imig so perfectly describes the agony of the casting experience HERE

Heidi BK Sloss March 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

What an experience for the two of you. And how wonderful that so many of us want to participate in the SF LTYM event.

Kirsten March 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

We feel like we’ve been given a gift just to have met everyone who auditioned.

Lizzie March 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm

I am honored just to have auditioned, and am anxiously awaiting the cast announcements.
You are both lovely, and thank you for your kind words and hard work!

Kirsten March 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

We enjoyed meeting you too!

eanlai March 9, 2013 at 6:13 pm

It was a joy to meet you both last Sunday and to receive the full measure of your kindness in your deep listening.
Though I empathize with the difficulty of choosing the final line up, I trust the task is in supremely capable hands and hearts.
Many blessings to you both and deep gratitude,

Ewokmama March 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

I was really happy to be able to audition. I can definitely understand how difficult the process is for you two and appreciate how the casting comes together on its own. Try not to agonize too much!

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