So I get the call from Boston Casting, "Gary, we have a great audition opportunity for you, for a national TV ad" "Great", I said. "It's for the part of a Mayor in a Ram Truck commercial" I asked about sides. "Oh, no sides...no lines to memorize" That's great, I thought.. Even though I've worked in feature films and TV shows, I HATE memorizing lines. And although I've done it, I still haven't come up with a good technique. But if you say, "Here's the scene, this is your character, improv something" I'm golden, I can ad lib an entire scene. So I get there, and there's a ton of guys all dressed up as Mayors. There's white Mayors, Black Mayors, short Mayors, tall Mayors...I even think I saw John Mayor. I'm sitting there waiting to go in, and the casting director comes out and says, "Now just make sure you have your lines memorized" WHAT???? Sure enough, I go back to the sign up table, and there's the script. I hustle to memorize 2 required lines. I get in there...flub the first take, but NAIL the 2nd one. What the hell???