In the post "Auditioning is a Full-Time, Part-Time Job," I posit the theory that eight bars is bullshit. I stand by that theory because it has a corollary: typing is wonderful.
For those outside the industry, or those outside the narrow parameters of the New York theatre scene, typing happens at auditions where A.) upwards of a million people have shown up, or B.) the show is very specific, or C.) a combination of A and B. The casting team lines everyone up and marches them into the audition room in groups of ten or twenty. Whoever's auditioning people looks up and down the line and says yes or no, based entirely on look. The Yesses get to stay and audition, while the No's go home. Or straight to the bar.
I love typing, and not just because I love getting to the bar as soon as possible. Typing saves time and bullshit.
At first, it stings. It seems like a cold and heartless practice. It isn't. Typing is never personal. In fact, it's one of the most respectful moves a casting office can make regarding your time and energy. There's no point in sitting in a holding room all day, waiting hours for your turn to sing eight bars. (If they don't type when it's crowded, you will almost certainly be singing eight bars.) And when you finally step into the room, they take one look at you and decide that you aren't what the creative team is looking for. It's a waste of your time and theirs.
What's more, if you endure too many days like that, you will start to become seriously dejected. You will begin to forget why you love doing what you do. It's not worth it. Your mental health and self-esteem are far more important than eight fucking bars. You have to take care of yourself.
Which is why typing is wonderful. It's never personal. "Did you go to the such-and-such call?" someone asks. "Typed out," you reply. [Insert eye roll.] Everyone Gets It. It's nothing to be ashamed of. When you're just starting your career and you're going to a lot of open calls, you will probably be typed out at some point. Let it go and move on to the next one.