Based on a recent workshop I took with Casting Director, Scott David (which I thought went great at the time!), I got a call last week to come in the next day to pre-read for an episode of Criminal Minds! I was very excited and promptly printed out the script, which was a very cool scene between the series leads and the character I was playing. I worked on it and then showed up at 4:00 on Friday at Quixote Studios where they cast and shoot the show. I went in and read the scene, Scott gave me a little redirection, and I did it again. After waiting outside for a bit, they asked if I could come back in 45 minutes to read for the producers.
This was great! So, I waited around a bit, and as 5:00 got closer, more and more actors showed up. They were casting 4 roles and I'd say there were about 30 actors there, including 7-8 for the same role I was up for. Once I got in the room -- there were about 5-6 people in there -- it was all very fast. A quick greeting and then we went right into the scene. They said thanks and I left. I felt like the read went well, but I haven't heard, so I'm sure they went another way for the part. Still, it was a great experience, and I feel like I learned a lot that I'll be able to use next time. And hopefully there will be a next time!