Friday, March 28, 2008

Audition/Producers/Tape “Lost” @ April Webster Casting. Finally! I’ve been trying to get an appointment for this show for the longest time. The role of a teacher was a nice two page scene. I was prepared and ready to rock & roll.

I asked a few questions before I started to read and the answers informed me and slightly changed some of what I prepared to do. I felt great about how it went. I think I was a little young for the part, but I can’t do anything about that.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Seven years ago today I worked my last shift waiting tables at The Hollywood Standard on Sunset Blvd. Wow, Happy Anniversary to me! Right? I guess so.

Geez, I don’t know much I like living in Los Angeles. I know there are some things that I can do to make it better, but I don’t know that I will ever call Los Angeles “home”. I do my best to fake it, but it only goes so far. I’ve been here for almost 10 years, but I don’t think I’ll ever say I’m from here or that I’m a native. It’s not anything against Los Angeles per se; LA has been great to me over the years. I’ve had my challenges, but overall, moving to LA has been a very successful move for me. I just don’t like living in a huge metropolis anymore. I wouldn’t want to live in New York either. Been there done that too. I'd like to be in the suburbs with a garage to work on my car and a lawn to day.

Maybe I’d feel different about being here if I was married with children because I would need for my wife and kids to feel that they had a home, but it’s just so hectic here for me. If it wasn't for "the biz" I'd BE OUT unless I had a serious reason to stay – dating can put a twist on things.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Audition: “Honda” @ Ross Lacy Casting. This was a good one, I listened well. Hopefully, I’ll get to the next round of the casting process. Yeah, a callback would be nice.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Audition: “Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s” @ Francene Selkirk Casting. Since I put my car in the shop last night to have some work done I opted to ride my bike from my apartment in Miracle Mile to Studio City. I took the subway for one stop because it’s a little dicey riding my bike over the Cahuenga Pass. I love riding my bike! I also really enjoy riding the subway when I have the opportunity. Sure, it would have been easier to just ask somebody for a ride, but I like when situations arise and I have to figure something out – especially when it leads to riding my bike, bus, subway or skateboard.

The audition went well and was fun. I worked with an actress I had previously met while working on “The Terminal”, Carlease Burke.

I guess the “WaMu” commercial is still running pretty strong because I’ve been hearing quite a bit about it at auditions – at least I hope it’s still running. I haven’t seen it myself, but that’s okay I just like to know it’s continuing to run.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

There was a film I was a reader for several years ago that I also booked a role in. When I work as a reader I don’t attempt to work my way in the production. I do what I’m asked, but on this one after the first day of being a reader on this project the casting director told me that they were going to put me in the film somewhere. I ended up being a reader for several days and had a great time.

They eventually booked me and gave me a start date. When my day came to shoot I never received a call time from production so I called them the night before to see when and where I was supposed to be. I found that things had changed and I wasn’t needed. No problem, but I was a little annoyed that they never called to let me know – just a little. They said I’d be rescheduled soon. So I was rescheduled and when I showed up on-set I was taken to my room and before I even finished filling out my paperwork I was wrapped and was told that I’d be rescheduled again. I was never rescheduled and heard through the grapevine that the indie production had “financial difficulties”. I gave it a couple of months to see if I was going to get paid for my time and energy then called SAG to see what the deal was.

The really interesting part was that they finished enough of the film and sold it. Months later it was airing on a sister channel of a major network. I stayed on top of my claim with SAG and today received a check for two days of work plus penalties on a film that I only actually worked as a reader on – I never filmed any principal work. It was well worth those two days of “not working”.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Print go-see: “Apple” @ Yvonne Armstrong Casting. This was another same-day call which is happening more and more these days. I think it’s because of online casting and the fact that casting directors have the ability to put sessions together at the last minute. Not a problem for me as I’m usually available (which will probably change in the near future as I may be picking up a side gig.)

Anyway, you know the drill with print; it’s usually 2-3 digital stills and out the door never to hear from them again. Actually, I used to get a fair amount of avails for print, but never book the job. I know I’ll eventually book in the print arena and it’ll seem like it came “out of the blue”. This should happen sooner than later. Yeah, that sounds good.

Monday, March 17, 2008

It looks like I’ll be getting back in shape. Yep. I renewed my gym membership. It ran out 6 months ago and I didn’t renew it in an effort to keep my expenses super low in anticipation of the just finished WGA strike and possible, upcoming work stoppages. No, I wasn’t thrilled with the company I was dealing with, but I had a great deal. The deal was from a coupon I was given years ago. I originally signed up for $90 for a year and it would increase around $10-$13 a year – also, part of the deal was that I was limited to just one location of the gym locations available.

Every time I considered moving to another company I realized I had a great deal and I’d have a hard time beating it. As I said before I wasn’t crazy about the company I was dealing with and I knew that if I renewed my membership after being inactive for 6-months of the term they would try to only give me 6 months instead of the full year I’d be paying for. Nah dawg; caint do dat.

Well, in January, while listening to a podcast I learned the company received a last place rating in a national magazine. Several weeks after that they started sending me offers to renew my membership that weren’t too much better than my original renewal so I ignored them. Then a couple of weeks ago they sent me a deal I couldn’t refuse. It was a “Welcome Back!” deal. Renew for $90 – pay up front and they will give me 60 days free for a total of 14 months. Also, as long as I stay current, it’s only $9 a month or $90 a year if pay annually, never to increase, cancel anytime and I’m now a Premier member that can go to most any club nationally. $90 a year!!?? In Los Angeles? Now I can get my girlish-figure back! I love beating big companies at their own game, but I'm still a little suspect of the fine print...and my interpretation of it.
Wow, I’ll no longer be “pudgy”. I might even get my “nice buns” back from the “WaMu” shoot – scary. Don’t sleep!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Question: Is HBO’s "The Wire" the best display of writing, acting, directing, lighting, props, production design, wardrobe, hair & make-up, etc. on TV?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Callback: "Progressive Motorcycle" @ Ross Lacy Casting. Not good. Nope, no two ways about it. I felt terrible about this one. I looked like I had no idea as to what I was doing. I felt like I had no idea as to what was doing. I was all confident going in and it went bad immediately after slating.

Part of the problem was that I was wearing a motorcycle helmet and couldn't hear anything - nothing. I couldn't tell if the director was talking to me or my partner. It was a complete disaster to say the least. It’s too bad because I had a shot at booking and I gave it away.

It was a perfect example of how I don't think a bad partner isn't going to hurt your own performance. My partner was great; I think the audition went fantastically well for him. It wouldn't surprise me if he books. So I don’t think that me sucking affected him in the least – he did his own thing…NEXT!!!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Audition: “Get Bruce and Lloyd” @ Roger Mussenden Casting. This is the first time I’ve been to this office and I hope it isn’t the last. I was put on tape by the associate, Jeremy, who I’ve met before at another major film office. He was a pleasure to work with. He also commented that he’d seen the WaMu commercial several times. I still haven’t seen the commercial on TV, but it must be running a lot because I hear about it everyday through e-mail, text messages, MySpace or seeing people in person. I’m thrilled to finally have something on the air, LOL!

Anyway, I think the audition went well and I made another positive connection in another office.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Audition: "AT&T" @ Ross Lacy Casting. Pretty simple and fun setup on this one. I would think I’m perfect for it, but…

Audition: "Progressive Motorcycle" @ Ross Lacy Casting. This also went pretty well. I'm not sure what they're really looking for since I had a full faced helmet on the entire time - maybe a certain body type…and it’s common knowledge that I’m “fit like a mofo!”…not really; I haven’t worked out in months and I’m little pudgy these days. My belly is like jelly - oh my!