Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wow, it has been sooo slow for me lately. Funny enough, I’m not tripping out because I’ve been working so many hours at the….job. THAT is a trap that I have to be very careful about. I didn’t move 3,000 miles away from my family to ask people how they want their burgers cooked or what type of vodka they want in whatever you put vodka in (I’m stilled confused about that vodkarumtequilagin stuff). Sometimes it makes me want to take my first drink; trust me, it can be quite the challenge at times. I have a lot of tricks to get through it – it’s not usually easy. That said, I still maintain that going back to work was the single smartest decision I made in 2008. I have really made it work for me, but I can’t get “caught up”.

Guess what? After almost 2 weeks I have a commercial audition. Go figure.

Audition: “” @ Cathi Carlton Casting. This was great! The audition required me to perform in my underwear. Now I’m not at all an exhibitionist, but for some reason I have NO problem being scantily clad for a reason; especially for the chance to have fun AND get paid. It was amazing that I can walk into a room with 4 other stranger and within 90 seconds we all had stripped down to our underwear/bra/panties and were able to peform as though we’d known each other for years…I love that! Needless to say the audition went very well and it was in the same room I booked the KY Brand commercial…scantily clad as well. Maybe that’s why I continue to go to the gym.

I spoke earlier about how slow it’s been for me lately. Commercially hasn’t been so bad, but theatrically it’s been abysmal for the last year or so. Make no mistake, I’m doing better than most; I’ve still booked a few jobs and have had some appointments, but I’m not were I need to be.

I sent an email to my 3 theatrical agents to ask them if there is anything I can do to help. They got back to me before the end of the day. One of the agents said to “hang in there” and that it’s picking up and one of the others said the 3 of them would meet and get back to me. Cool, glad they got back to me; that wouldn’t happen at most agencies around town.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Well, today is the day that my contract with my theatrical agency expires. I’ve been with them for over 11 years; I wonder if they will ask me to re-sign. I’m not sure; I mean I haven’t exactly set the world on fire in recent years, but I think I have a lot of potential to do quite well. Let me re-phrase that. I have done quite well. If I quit acting professionally today I’d have a lot to be proud of and a SAG pension too. That said; I have a lot more to accomplish. Even as I struggle with wanting to be in Virginia Beach with my family I feel a stronger yearning to act…and I will.

It’s funny, because I’d never really questioned it before and I’m not really questioning it now, but the thought of being dropped by my agency has crossed my mind. No matter what happens I gotta get my ass in gear.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sixteen years ago this evening, at 7pm, I started my first acting class in Virginia Beach, VA. Wow, a lot has happened since then. I don’t know if I’m surprised or not. I guess in some ways I am and in other ways not so much. Will I still be doing this 16 years from now? I don’t know. Will I be doing it 16 months from now? I don’t know that either. I do know that it’s been a fun ride. Also, I think back to how many people that I studied with so many years ago that are still in the game. There are quite a few, right here in Los Angeles, and I’m proud to be one of them. Happy anniversary to me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Callback: “K-Mart” @ Ross Lacy Casting. OMG! I had a blast at this callback; much better than the first audition. That just goes to show; you never know what the powers that be are looking for. I mean, how did I even get called back for this? I felt terrible when I left the room after this audition. It doesn’t really matter how I felt about the performance; it matters that “they” felt. “They” being the client, director, ad agency, copywriter, producer, casting director and/or session runner, etc. Yes, don’t forget the session runner. In some cases, the session runner can be the one to decide to not leave your performance on the tape/CD – almost like you never showered, shaved, deodorized and drove across town to look all fresh and purty for the audition in the first. Something to think about huh?

Anyway, it was a good one and they should book me. Right?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Audition: “Walgreen’s” @ Ross Lacy Casting. This one was fun. The best part was the banter amongst the actors in the room. It times like that that I really, really enjoy being a performer. Not everyone can do what we do.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Audition: “K-Mart” @ Ross Lacy Casting. Ugh…not a good showing. Not sure what happened, but it didn’t feel good.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Audition: “Verizon” @ Ross Lacy Casting. A fun good time with a great partner. What more could I ask for? A callback, avail and a booking. Sounds simple to me…

I passed the written part of the motorcycle course last night. I missed 3 out of 47 questions – 94%. Now I have to pass the written part @ the DMV – I’m going get 100% on that one.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

This past weekend I took the riding part of the program to get my motorcycle license. I’ve never ridden a street bike, but obviously I know how to shift gears and have great balance so it should be no problem for me. It was fun, but I have to say it was difficult to go so slow for so long. I wanted to go fast and hit some jumps and turns.
The important thing is that I passed. In a few days I have to complete and pass the classroom part so I can then go to the DMV and add the motorcycle endorsement to my drivers license. Right now I have no plans to get a bike or a scooter, it was just something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Lately, I’ve been thinking about learning to shoot a gun…no plans to get one of those either.

Audition “Prevacid” @ Toni Silvera Bush Casting. There was a lot of copy for this one and I think I handled it fairly well…which isn’t always the case for me.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

After working last night and sleeping for an hour or so I was awakened with a same-day audition. Thankfully, that motivated me to go to the gym; somewhere I didn’t plan on going to. Then, when I finished working out I had a message with another same-day audition.

Audition: “Wendy’s” @ ASG Casting. This one had “callback” written all over it for me…not really. It didn’t go bad at all, but nothing special…we’ll see.

Audition: “Michigan Lottery” @ Vicki Goggin Casting. This one went pretty well and I would love to go to Michigan to shoot it. Call me…