Monday, December 31, 2012

Okay, here we are at the end of 2012 and it’s officially my worst financial year as an actor.  Yup, the absolutely worst.  Wow.  Ironically it’s also the year that I invested more money than I have in a long time in my career.  Funny how that works.

It would be easy for me to be down, out and depressed about it, but for some reason I’m not.  At all.  I’m not sure why. I think it might be because I honestly think that I’m doing a lot to make things happen. That is something I’m really happy about.  I also think it might have to do with the fact that, since I’ve learned to “pay myself first” I pretty much reached all my savings goals for the year.  That wasn’t easy.  I had to do some cutting back and tightening up to achieve it, but I did it.  So here’s to hoping that 2013 is a much more successful year.

Oh yeah, I’m also starting this 52-week savings plan as well.

Friday, December 21, 2012

So I get in the bed at 6:30 this morning after working last night.  I was hoping to get a few hours of sleep before my apartment property manager was to call at 8:30am to confirm that the plumber was to arrive at 9am to replace my garbage disposal.  I was hoping the plumber would be finished in time for me to give a friend a ride to LAX @ 11:30am.

While I was in a deep, relaxing REM sleep my phone rings @ 8:28 to let me know that, in fact, the plumber would be here at said time.  My sleepy self gets out of bed to make sure everything was clear in the cabinet for the plumber work.   He arrives, sees that the garbage disposal is leaking and fetches a new in his truck.  Shortly after the plumber returns and starts working my phone rings @ 9:28…it’s one of my theatrical agents.  He has an audition appointment that came in late last night for 10:45…in West LA.  I live in West Hollywood.


Without even taking the time to return the call to my agent I washed my face, printed the sides, got dressed, ran lines, put on a tie, ran lines, grabbed my lab coat, and pretty much followed the plumber out the door as he was finishing his work.

Then I called my agent and told him I was already on my way to the casting office.  Right after I hung up I started to feel that I should’ve asked my agent if it was possible for me to come in later in the afternoon after I took my friends to LAX.  I almost called him back, but I decided to just go with it and hope that everything worked out time-wise.  I’ve been dropping off pictures to this casting office for years trying to get auditions and just 3 weeks ago I did a casting director workshop with one of the associates in the office.  Seriously, I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass.

The traffic cooperated perfectly; odd for LA and the 10 West, and I made it to West LA without any problem at all.  Things went so great that when I was looking for parking an actor that had just auditioned and was walking back to his car offered me his parking spot.  That was very nice of him, and it even had money still left on the parking meter.

I went upstairs to the casting office and there were no actors waiting.  I took a moment to warm up the material and then I was called into the room to read.  I commented on how nice the office was and the associate, Chris, was surprised that I had never been upstairs.  I guess he was surprised that I never actually auditioned at the office…I took that as a good sign.  Then the other associate, Melissa, enter the room and she greeted me warmly as well. I had just met Melissa at a workshop 3 weeks ago.   Chris, I had met back in 2007.

Audition: “Legit” @ Wendy O’Brien Casting.  The audition went really well and I hope I will be the one that they choose for the job. 

Amazing, I finished it all up with time to spare and was able to get back to West Hollywood to pick up my friend at 11:30 without any problem.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Ha!  I’m shocked that I got a call for a print go-see from my print agent.  I was pretty much ready to chalk up my new…ish print photos as a total loss.  I got more appointments for print with my old headshots.  But it appears that someone wants to consider me today.  Yay!  I’m ready.

Print go-see:  “ @ Casting Partners.  Fill out paperwork.  Front shot.  Side shot.  Cool shot.  45 seconds later I’m done and on my way home.  Cool, I’ll take it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Audition: “Johnson & Johnson” @ Lisa Fields Casting.  This was an interview type of deal.  They asked about the holidays, our families, etc.  It was a fun time. 

I also signed up for a screenwriting class to start off the year with.  I’ve got to learn more about writing and get this script finished.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Shooting: “FedEx” @ The Westin Hotel/LAX.  I showed up on set for my 7:30am call time with a whole 55 minutes of sleep after working last night at the restaurant.  Ugh!  That HAS to change.  I’m very grateful for my employment but I don’t know how long I can keep up the pace.  I feel like I say that once a week.

A damper came through the cast as news of the school shooting in Newtown, CT spread across the nation.  It’s just so sad and heartbreaking.  My thoughts are with all of the family and friends.  I cannot image what they are going through.  I’m so sorry.

On to brighter things, the shoot day was great.  I sat on a couch the entire time while other cast members stood.  I would’ve passed out if I had to stand in one spot for all of that time.  One of the cast members’ “day job” is that of a writer/director.  He gave me some tips on my romantic comedy script which was really welcome since I have no idea what I’m doing in writing it.  One thing I do know is that I really need to finish it, but first, I need to get some rest before I go to work tonight.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Audition: “Sutter Health” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  This was very simple, small, quiet work.  I think I did very well although I might play a little young for it.  Either way I hope I get called back.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Audition: “Toyota” @ DB Casting.  Wow, this went really well.  So well that the casting director told me I was amazing – twice.  She asked me if I wanted to do it a 3rd time, but I thought about it for a split second and thought it would be best to leave well enough alone.  So I walked out of the room leaving them wanting…a little more.

Fitting: “FedEx” @ Siren Studios.  It’s always great to be at a wardrobe because it usually means that I booked something.  This one was quick/fast – just over an hour.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

After working a long, busy night at the restaurant I woke up just after noon by a voicemail from my agency.  Before retrieving the message I knew that if it was the voice of a man it probably wasn’t great news, BUT if it was the voice of a woman it was probably fabulous news.

Fortunately it was the angelic voice of a woman, Alicia, my commercial agent with great news that I booked the “FedEx” commercial.  Bingo!

Monday, December 10, 2012

2nd Callback: “FedEx” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  One thing I love about 2nd callbacks for commercials is that we get paid for them.  The other, and more important thing is that it means I’m still in the running to booked.

The audition went well and my recent commercial training kept me grounded and confident.  Most of the time there was spent waiting – a total of 2 ½ hours.  Fortunately, I didn’t have anywhere else to be.  It was a great way to start the week.

Hours later my agency called with the news that I had been placed on avail!  Some actors hate being place on avail, or at least they hate actually knowing about it.  Me?  It doesn’t bother me too much.  I look at it as good news, but to be honest, I’m looking for some great news.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Callback “FedEx” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  Yes!  Wow, this was a blast.  I had a great time.  I’m not always the most social person at auditions because I’m usually reading or somehow self-involved.  It’s something I’m actively trying to change about myself.  I was in rare form today, cracking jokes about anything and everything.  And…oh yeah, the callback.  I went in for the same role as the first audition, but they also had me read for the “boss” character too.  We were in and out in a flash; but wait.  Before I got 15 feet away the production team sent word that they wanted me to stay and come in for a different spot with another group of actor’s.  That commercial spot had a bunch of dialogue that I was trying to become familiar with in a hurry.  Then we got in the room and the dialogue wasn’t on the copy board.


My training kicked in and I didn’t let it throw me.  I knew what I knew, as far as the copy went, and what I couldn’t remember, word for word, I let it go and made it up…but I made sure to get the name of the company correct.  The director; the cool, funny & amazing Tim Godsall, kept throwing different things at us.  I think we handled it well.  It was a great way to start off the weekend!

Afterwards I headed out to the Los Angeles Auto Show to check out my dream car – the 2013 Acura TSX. It’s super nice, but still relatively economical.

I’m not finished yet.  Shortly after I got home the casting office called and informed me that I have another callback Monday morning for the same “FedEx” commercial.  Yes!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Audition: “FedEx” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  This was fun and I showed well I think.  I had a fun group to go in the room with.

Tonight I attended a seminar hosted by and Breakdowns Services entitled Realities of the Casting Process.  Seminars like this are always a good way to keep me in check.  They let me know that my work is not done and that I have to keep on hustling to move forward in the game.  I REALLY need to update my online presence/reel, but I have to book something that is worthy of showcasing.  I’m looking forward to that.

Back to the seminar, it’s daunting to see just how many actors are after so few jobs.  The numbers are incredible.  That fact that I get any auditions at all makes me feel that I have made progress, but I’m looking to take it to the next level.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Audition: “1600 Penn” @ Debra Zane Casting.  Yes!  This is one of my favorite casting offices to go to in town.  Debra, Tannis & Shayna are some of my favorite people.  It was a really, really small role that I was reading for.  I used to be really good at booking those roles, but that has changed for some reason.  I think I did well enough.  I was prepared and had done my research; so it’s up to the powers that be.