Rod Bond: TV Commercial Acting Debut By A Casting Director

With a gallant strut and perfectly poised expressions, Rod Bond made the rounds of the casting hall all the hopefuls had been herded into. Tasked with sorting the wheat from the chaff, the stars from the wannabes and finding the next big thing, I was dreading sitting through the auditions of the hundreds that had come together that day. Absent-mindedly, I watched them all stood atop a balcony and thought to myself, perhaps someone might just catch my eye. Perhaps the next big Hollywood star would be shining so brightly that I would save myself the bother of the whole day. Perhaps I might just be so lucky that I wouldn’t have to sit through hundreds of auditions, around three hundred to be exact, for what I knew would be a tough commercial acting assignment which could very well be the making of a new Hollywood star. And, just as I grew exasperated at myself, thinking what’s come over me, my eyes fell upon this dashing young man. His name was Bond. Not James, but Rod. Rod Bond.

Rod Bond, with his dashing looks and a personable look in his eyes, was number 24. Quite early and, having observed his networking skills and quiet confidence, I had instantly felt his star quality. Despite being a short TV commercial, the assignment required considerable skill. I was briefed by the production company representatives that we’re not just looking for a one-time TV commercial success, but the next big Hollywood star. The audition was to serve as a rite of passage, providing an accelerated rise to stardom than any of the hopefuls could possibly dream of. This was about much more than a simple TV commercial, much more than just another TV commercial audition that aspiring actors don the false exuberance for and much more than the aspiring actor himself. In fact, this was a test of my casting abilities, my understanding of the brief handed to me and my ability to deliver exactly what my superiors sought of me. Enter, Rod Bond…