A curious thing this, whenever they tell you in an audition how good you were, it’s more or less a solid guarantee that you didn’t get it.
Subtext is involved. In a screenplay it would look like this:
A. N. ACTOR
INT. DAY. A LARGE REHEARSAL ROOM.
At the far end there is a long table behind which sit, the DIRECTOR. He/she is accompanied by an ATTRACTIVE ASSISTANT, there are as many as three or four other IMPORTANT & PERCEPTIVE PEOPLE.
Off to one side sits the READER, this is an actor (just happy to be working) of either gender who reads with YOU, the one auditioning.
We enter the scene a moment after YOU have uttered the final words of the material you’ve prepared. There is an indeterminate silence as the ROOM waits for the DIRECTOR’S verdict.
Fantastic! Thanks for coming in.
You’re welcome. (What am I gonna do? Stay home?)
Terrific work! (But you’re not the man).
(Self-effacingly) Really? (Should I linger and schmooze this guy?)
(With huge conviction) Outstanding! (Why doesn’t he leave?)
YOU stumble to the door, everyone in the room wears an encouraging (but distant) smile.
Really excellent work! (I thought he’d never go).
(Confused. The atmosphere in the ROOM indicates that YOUR presence is surplus) Er … Oh …
Have a great day. (Have a great life. We’ll never meet again).
YOU, walking backwards as if leaving a royal presence, collide with the door as YOU turn to exit and ANOTHER ASSISTANT enters with coffee for the DIRECTOR.
(With hand to BLOODY NOSE, as you cross the threshold out into the world) No, no, it’s nothing.
(To ATTRACTIVE ASSISTANT) Remind me to never compliment an actor. So needy!
General laughter from the ROOM.
YOU walking down hallway hearing laughter.
I should have gone to law school.
The STORYBOARD image in YOUR head.