Monday, June 28, 2010

It’s my birthday! I have always kept my birthday a low-key affair. Part of the reason is that I’ve always looked a bit younger than I actually am and it usually draws attention to that fact. Another reason is that I have a serious fear of rejection. I have always feared that if I tried to have a birthday party nobody would show up. Same thing with Christmas; I never ask for gifts for Christmas.

What I thought I was going to do was to go to Olive Garden, alone, for dinner (I like the breadsticks) and buy the new iPhone 4 (it’s on order). That isn’t what happened. One of my co-workers at the night job sent me a text, wished me a Happy Birthday, said we’re getting wasted and sent a text to the whole staff at work to inform them of the fact. Needless to say I was freaking nervous…I’d never had any type of birthday gathering.

I have to say it was a great time and very interesting to watch through my sober eyes. Sure, I’ve been to plenty of gatherings and watched people morph from normal guy/gal to “who IS that?” This was different because this particular gathering was being held in my honor and for some reason I felt a certain amount of responsibility to keep things in check. Yeah, there was some broken glass, but nothing crazy or insane. I know I wasn’t supposed to, but I slipped the waitress an extra tip…I know how great that feels when someone does that for me when I’m waiting tables.

It would have been even cooler if I was a drinker, but I’m just not. I hated cheating my friends out of the joy of “THIS GUY NEEDS A DRINK!” or “WE’RE DOING SHOTS!” To replace the void of me not drinking I smoked a few cigarettes instead. My goal was to feel crappy in the morning…like I had partied like a rockstar. So I smoked a brown thingy by Nat Sherman and a Parliament Light. Neither of them left too much of an after taste, but I did get a little light-headed.

Later a group of us hung out at a co-workers apartment while they played music that was waaay too loud at 3:30 in the morning. Then we headed to another friends apartment for more music. I finally got home about 5:30am. I was partied out. I hope I can wake up for my 11:30 commercial audition in a few hours. I had a great time.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audition: “Church’s Fried Chicken” @ Gabrielle Schary Casting. Having a great time in an audition is always a great thing. It doesn’t mean I’ll get a callback, but I think it’s good start.

This sides were in English & Spanish and the session director asked me if I spoke Spanish, “No” I replied. But then, when I slated my name on camera, I gave him my alter-ego from my night job – Hector-Jesus de la Cruz…the son of Fernando de la Cruz Espinoza Nunez, Junor… My partner and the session director started laughing and complimented me on my accent. It was a risk. The audition went well and hopefully, I’ll get a callback.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Audition “Cell South” @ Maryclaire Sweeters Casting. Yay! This went well and the session director was the same woman who ran the session for the last commercial that I booked. I had a chance to thank her for being so patient and helping me through the audition which led to the callback and eventual booking.

Audition “Cox” @ ASG Casting. This went pretty well also; although I might be little young for it. We’ll see.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Two auditions. Same casting facility. Same product. Different casting offices. Two different times = 2 separate trips and that makes for a very long day after a long shift at the night job last night. But hey! I had 2 auditions!

Audition: “AT&T” @ Ross Lacy Casting. This was quick and fast; just a mini interview and it went well.

Audition: “AT&T” @ Spot Casting. This one was quick/fast too. Callbacks next week.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Audition: “Kibbles ‘N Bits” @ Ross Lacy Casting. This was simple and fun and I would LOVE to work with a dog in a commercial.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Audition: “Amex” @ Shane Casting. This was fun and simple; although I think I might be a bit young…I’m sure that’s my own personal baggage though.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I am not writing about the audition that I didn’t have to today. Why? Because I signed a non-disclosure form that I wouldn’t…but I felt good about it. Hopefully, I’ll get a callback.

I saw “Sex and the City 2” a few days ago. I had never seen an episode of the TV series or the first film, but I enjoyed the one I saw today much more than I thought I would. It was quite entertaining and can only imagine how funny the series was.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Audition/Producers: “DGI” @ ASG Casting. Usually when I go to this production company, Tool, in Santa Monica it’s a bit of a madhouse, but this time it was very mellow. I think this particular role was added at the last minute so they were bringing actors straight to the director.

While I was rehearsing the dialogue a man walked up to me and said, “I have a good feeling about you”. I replied that, “I have a good feeling about me too!” He asked me if I had some good dance moves and I told him I did. Truthfully, I’m not a dancer at all…or even all that rhythmically inclined. He then told me he was one of the producers, but didn’t want to get in my head…thanks, lol!

It was a silly spot that I felt silly about doing because, yes, I was in my head about the dancing…but had they cast me I would have done it…and cashed every check they sent!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Audition: “Xerox” @ Kathy Knowles Casting. Ugh! I was terrible in this audition. Not sure why, but it was bad. Fortunately, the session director was patient with me. In the end I think we got two decent takes to send to the producers, but still…