Tuesday, December 22, 2015

This afternoon I picked up my 10 year-old niece, Nikita, from LAX.  She flew in from Washington, DC and was on her way to the Philippines to visit a former schoolmate and her family for the next 3 weeks.  I hadn’t seen her in about 4 years and it was our first time spending time together without her father.  Unfortunately, her father and I aren’t close, but it was great to get to see her even if just for a few hours in between flights.  I must say that he, my brother, is doing a great job of raising her!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Audition: “Sebastion” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  Quick, simple and painless.  It could be my first callback for the new year.


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Wrap party: “Dude”…somewhere in the lower Hollywood hills, ironically, over looking the very place where I work at night.  This was a bit of a weird experience because I didn’t actually get to film my scene in the movie, I didn’t know or really even recognize anyone from the production. 

At first, I felt like someone who snuck in to just eat the food!  After a while I started talking a woman and then felt a little more like I had a reason to be there, lol!  Before leaving I really wanted to introduce myself to Olivia Milch, the director, but since I didn’t audition I hadn’t met her and wasn’t sure what she looked like.  I explained my dilemma to my new friend and she pointed out exactly who Olivia was. 

After a moment or two, I approached Olivia and she greeted me like an old friend AND knew exactly who I was.  She gave me a gift of a hat with the name of the film on it, DUDE, and assured me that the scene will be rescheduled.  With that I finished my chicken kabob and walked back down the Hollywood Hill…and went to my night job.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Callback: “Toyota” @ Spot Casting.  I was pretty happy with how this one went.  The last take we did might be the one helped the most…we’ll see.

CUT TO:  Later, same night –

The news comes in that I’ve been released from my avail for “McDonald’s”.  Well, that was quick…NEXT!


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Callback: “McDonald’s @ RMB Casting.  Eh, I didn’t feel so great about this one and it’s certainly my own fault.  I heard the explanation clearly, but I just don’t think that I executed it well enough.  Oh well…

CUT TO:  Later, same night –

The news comes in that I’ve been placed on avail for “McDonald’s”.  Well, I like the sound of that.


Monday, December 14, 2015

Shooting: “Dude” @ Palisades Charter High School.  Here’s an interesting set of circumstances.  My call time was 5pm for an exterior, night shoot.  It’s freezing outside and my uniform is shorts and a short-sleeved shirt as a soccer referee.  On top of that, I haven’t been feeling well for the last 2 days or so.  I thought about it and I figured I had no choice, but to put on my game face.  This is what my job is and I will be paid for my time.

After arriving to set and checking in, I went to my trailer and got into wardrobe with my little ceramic space heater doing its best to heat my tiny room in the trailer.  Fortunately, I brought a blanket from home as well, otherwise I would’ve been REALLY uncomfortable.

Around 6:30pm the 2nd AD came to my room to tell me that they may not be able to shoot the scene I’m in because of the weather.  An hour later it was confirmed that I had been wrapped…without shooting a single frame of film…or piece of video.  I’m hoping they will reschedule after the New Year.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Callback: “Snapple” @ Dowd/Roman Casting.  I felt that this callback went pretty well and I think I connected with the director…in a good way.  I had a good time with the other actors as well.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fitting: “Dude” @ Palisades Charter High School.  In and out in 10 minutes!  Gotta love that!  Wardrobe fittings are funny.  I literally met this woman and 30 seconds later I was in a small trailer, the door closed and stripping down to my underwear.  Honestly, it makes me just a little uneasy, lol. 


Friday, December 11, 2015

Audition: “Snapple” @ Dowd/Roman Casting.  This is a funny spot and the character is perfect for me.  I think it went well…after the session director worked with me on a few takes.


Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Audition: “McDonald’s” @ RMB Casting.  Any commercial with kids is a good time for me.  I didn’t have any kids to work with in the room, but just the thought of it makes me smile. 

Audition: “Toyota” @ Spot Casting.  Meh…we’ll see.  Maybe I’ll get lucky and get to the next phase in the process.


Monday, December 07, 2015

Callback “AT&T” @ Cathi Carlton Casting.  This callback was a little bit different than the original call.  In the end I think I did okay, but I think I should’ve “gotten there” faster.  The director worked with me, so hopefully, he saw…something in me, lol!


Friday, December 04, 2015

Wow, that was quick.  I’ve been released from my avail for the “Geico” commercial.  NEXT!

Audition: “Priceline” @ RMB Casting.  I was paired up with a woman for this one and I think we did a great job together.


Thursday, December 03, 2015

Yay!  First call of the day is informing me that I’ve been placed on avail for the “Geico” commercial! 

Audition: “Hyundai” @ Petite, A Casting Company.


Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Callback: “Geico” @ Francene Selkirk Casting.  Good stuff!  Not much more I could do in this callback.  Hopefully the next step is an avail!


Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Audition: LaQuinta @ RMB Casting.  This was a great time!  Very small, subtle work.  I HAVE to get a callback on this…right?

Audition: “Maytag” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  This didn’t go so great.  Not at all “horrible”, I just really felt like I was in my head and not too connected.

Audition: “AT&T” @ Cathi Carlton Casting.  This one went pretty good.  I am really right for it too.


Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Birthday to you Mom!  I love you and I miss you!

Audition: “Geico” @ Francene Selkirk casting.  A fun spot, I think I worked well with my partner.  Hopefully we’ll both get called back.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Audition: “McDonald’s” Lisa Pantone Casting.  I just love auditioning with children!  I work really well with them and we always have a great time in the room.   


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yay!  Today I was offered a role in the low-budget indie entitled “DUDE”.  The director is Olivia Milch, the daughter of NYPD Blue & Deadwood creator/producer/writer, David Milch.  Oh yeah, I accepted the offer!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Audition: “Criminal Minds” @ Scott David Casting.  I’ve been in for this show countless times over the past two seasons and I think this was the best audition I’ve ever had there…even better than the time I booked a role on the show in the first season.

Audition: “Invega Trinza” @ Craig Colving Casting.  This was incredibly simple and I think I showed well.  I used to go in for this office quite frequently and I’m glad to get back in there!

Oh yeah, yesterday I was pinned for the potential low-budget film offer from last week.  One more step in the right direction!   


Monday, November 02, 2015

Callback: “Auto Zone” @ Francene Selkirk Casting.

This morning I received an email from my theatrical agency for a potential offer for a role in a low-budget feature film.  The casting director, Tannis Vallely, is requesting my demo reel to show to the production team.  It’s a smaller role and just one potential day of work, but needless to say I’m completely thrilled on countless levels.

I first met Tannis at a CD workshop back in March of 2000 and she has since been nothing but amazingly kind, helpful and supportive of my career. 


Friday, October 30, 2015

Audition: “Fresh of the Boat” @ CFB Casting.  This is another audition that came from dropping of photos.  There wasn’t a whole lot of dialogue, but it was fun.  I went for two different roles…hopefully I’ll get one of them. 


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Audition: “Audi” @ Sonnenberg Casting.  Callback or not, I had a great time in the room with my fellow actors!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Audition: “Criminal Minds” @ Scott David Casting.  This went pretty good.  I got a redirect and I think I delivered that redirect well. 

Audition: “Auto Zone” @ Francene Selkirk Casting.  Great time in the room!


Monday, October 26, 2015

Audition: Diet Dr. Pepper” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  This was a great, fun time in the room.


Friday, October 23, 2015

Shooting: “Walmart” @ Caviar.  Day Two.  This spot is with Actor/Comedian Craig Robinson.  He wasn’t on set yesterday, but he’s here today.  Nice guy and fun and funny too. 


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Shooting: “Walmart” @ Caviar. Great to be on another set!  Plus, evidently there was some mix up and I was given the news that I am also working tomorrow.  Great!  I’m just glad that I don’t have a conflict for tomorrow.  

Most of the time, for me, was spent chatting with the other actors and waiting for my turn to shoot.    


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Yeah!  This morning, while attending the SAG-AFTRA Wages & Working Condition Meeting I got an email that informed me that I booked the Walmart commercial!  So excited! 

Fitting: “Walmart” @ Caviar.  This fitting didn’t last very long.  The wardrobe department had shopped for me, but not from Walmart.  The client wanted me to only wear clothing from the retailer.  In and out in 5 minutes…and I still get paid.


Monday, October 19, 2015

Callback: “Walmart” @ ASG Casting.  Wow!  This was a great callback.  I left the room feeling really good about it.  Hopefully, I’ll get an avail call later today or tomorrow.

And yes, this evening the news came in that I’ve been placed on avail for Walmart.  Love it!


Friday, October 16, 2015

Table Read:  “The Mysteries of Laura” @ Burbank Studios.  A friend of mine that I met while shooting a commercial years ago, has since become a writer for a network show asked if I’d consider being a part of a table of a script.

It was so much fun!  I met the creator of the show, the entire writing staff and several actors I’d never met before.  Thanks Margaret!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Audition: “Criminal Minds” @ Scott David Casting.  Hmm…I think I “over propped” myself for this one…which also meant that “the work” was lacking.  I didn’t walk away feeling so great on this one.

Audition: “Walmart” @ ASG Casting.  Wow, I really feel like I “nailed” this one.  Simple stuff and DIDN’T push too much.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Audition: Clash of Clans” @ Ross Lacy Casting.  This was a really simple audition, but I left feeling that I, somehow, pushed too hard in the room.  

Audition: “Veep” @ Allison Jones Casting.  This was another audition that I got from directly dropping off my photo at the casting office.  I felt like I did well in the room.  Definitely a show that I should be on.


Monday, October 12, 2015

Audition: “Girlfriend’s Day” @ Barbara McCarthy Casting.  Wow, the ladies in this office are just beyond wonderful and sweet.  They even called me in from dropping off my photo and resume at their office last week.

I think the audition went well and I think just getting a callback on this would be great.