December 12, 2009

So Sorry For The Hiatus!!

I have had one of the most drama filled months of my life and it's kept me from updating you guys. I will be making a full (and probably long as hell) post in the next couple of days so please stay tuned!!

November 11, 2009

Moving Forward

Seeing how I will be moving into a new apartment the next few days, I figured the title of my post would be most fitting. Not only am I moving into a new home, I feel as if I'm moving forward mentally and professionally.

The last few months for me have been wonderful, but I feel it's just the teeny tiny tip of the iceberg. The end of the year is swiftly coming and I have bigger and better goals, and much more to be responsible for next year. While I have done very well as a model so far, I have not (despite doing a handful of great films this summer) put nearly enough effort into my real passion, acting. Duh! One of my biggest goals over the next few weeks is to enroll in a new acting class. It's been a few months since I last studied and it's time to make a more concerted effort to improve my training as an actor.

I feel awful for having slacked in that department, but it's time to get on the ball. I had just begun working with a theatrical manager at Prestige, but she abruptly departed a few weeks ago. Luckily for me, another manager saw enough in me to take me on, but not without some constructive criticism. Because my long term goals are in television and film, he feels that my theatre credits are overpowering my film credits. On top of reformatting my resume, he, of course, wants me to take some more classes. Luckily for me, I already knew most of this information, but hearing it from him further strengthened my resolve.

I'm actively researching some good technique classes and have set up an appointment at The Network in order to enroll in some helpful workshops with CD's. I do not believe in "pay to be seen" seminars and refuse to do them. However, I'm very positive toward CD taught classes on audition technique and self-marketing. I'm hoping something constructive will come of that. I'm meeting there on the 24th.

If anyone knows of or can recommend a good acting class with a small class size (under 15) please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an email.

Media Mention!!!

I love having natural hair and the decision to go natural has not only improved my self-esteem, it's done wonders for my marketability as a model and has really set me apart from other brown skinned actresses that choose to relax their hair or wear weave. Because of this, I've been featured on some pretty famous natural hair/beauty blogs and most recently, have been featured as the "Natural Chic of the Week" on the blog, Thank God I'm Natural. I'd come across this blog a few months prior to being contacted by the creator, Chris-Tia Donaldson, and I was very excited to be a part of it, especially after picking up the November issue of Essence magazine and seeing a feature on Chris-Tia and her book by the same name as her blog. So, I'd like to take a moment to thank her for giving me the chance to share a bit about my journey, as well as help expand my readership.

Progress Report

1. I'm pretty positive that I did NOT book the Disney Princess thing as the event begins in about two weeks. Not much progress there, but I had many people email me and leave comments after that post and I just wanted to update those who had their fingers crossed for me. Thank you so much for your support. :)

2. Friday I will be on set, shooting a new film "Story of a Madman". I will be playing ANGELA and could not be more excited. The script is wonderful and so is the cast. I have a small part that the director wrote in specifically for me after I was unable to attend the auditions for another character. Thanks Randy!

3. Shot an ad for Garasil, woo hoo!! It was a fun shoot and only took about two hours. I really love those kinds of shoots.

4. On hold for a Fisher Price print ad.

5. On hold for Soft and Beautiful packaging campaign which has a huge payday if booked.....HUGE! I don't like to disclose how much money I make on jobs because there are too many weird folks out there, but I'm just so excited about this one. It will be my highest paid job to date. I was contacted by my agent (this one is through CESD as was Gardasil) and she told me that they want to know if I'm fine with having my hair colored and trimmed. I was opposed to having my hair relaxed for various reasons. My agent told me that this means there's a strong chance that I'll be booked and that she's working out the final details. Once again, I'm asking you all to keep your fingers crossed for me.

6. Finally had my callback for the really cool feature film that I mentioned back on September 22nd. I don't like to name the names of films unless I book them. It was a fun audition and I ended up being asked to read for three different parts. Promising?



October 20, 2009

This week.....

Well, I did the shoot for Nintendo on Friday, and other than some contract issues, everything went pretty well. It was a somewhat long day, and I'm sure it could have gone a lot faster than it did. Either way, I'm grateful for the work.

I'm still on hold for Kodak, but I don't feel too confident about booking that. My agent told me that the clients were going to choose the talent after hours today, but it's a bit after 9pm and I still haven't heard anything. They are shooting over the next three days, with each model only shooting one of the days. There's still a chance I can book for the 22nd or 23rd so I'm trying to hold out hope. :/

Did I tell you guys that I had a casting few weeks ago for Soft Sheen Carson hair products which is owned by L'Oreal?? Well, it wasn't really a casting, but they selected models to drop off their portfolios at their offices in midtown for an upcoming shoot. My understanding, from what my agent told me, is that they have several people looking at the books and as they narrow down girls, they will let them come and pick up their books. My book is still there, but I'm going to call one of my agents for an update tomorrow. I would love to work for them, not just because of the money, but the exposure would be amazing.

Progress Report

1. Had my first table read for a film that I'm shooting next month.

2. Have been booked for a two day hair shoot next week.

October 15, 2009

More Progress

So, this past week has been nothing short of eventful. First off, I was released from the hand sanitizer commercial the day before filming. I was so upset! That's the third commercial in less than a month that I've been placed on hold for, and then released from. Throw me a TV commercial bone please!!

*sigh*

In other (better) news, I have booked a role in a short film that I'm scheduled to begin shooting on the 22nd. I'm supposed to be shooting for two days. I originally auditioned for the lead, but was given a smaller supporting role instead. My ego wanted to be offended but life's too short for that crap, I'm still doing the film and I'm still happy. Besides, the character that they gave me is a nutcase and I think I'll have a lot of fun playing her.

I shot for Health Magazine yesterday. My photo stories will be running in the December issue. I had been sent to Health Magazine twice before and did not book it, but this time it stuck. It was slightly stressful because I was sent to the casting was placed on hold before I even went in. The day before the shoot, I got a call telling me that the hold for the shoot was being moved to Thursday (today) and that was fine. Then, 15 minutes later, I got a call letting me know I was being released. I almost had a nervous breakdown. Well, to be honest, I cried. I was so frustrated that I was getting released from so many projects and it was bringing me down. My fiance was there to comfort me and he reminded me that I was doing a great job and accomplishing so much. Then about 10 minutes later, I got a call letting me know that there was a mistake and that I was booked for the shoot that I did yesterday. Win!

While I was at the Health shoot, I found out that I had booked an on-line commercial for Nintendo that I'd auditioned for on Monday. I shoot that on Friday (tomorrow) and I'm super excited.

On Saturday, I have my first table read for a film that I'm set to shoot in November. It's untitled right now but I'll keep everyone posted.

So, all in all, it's been a great week! I hope next week is even better.

P.S. I have not heard anything on the Disney Princess casting yet. Trying not to think about it.

October 6, 2009

The Next Disney Princess? (Most fun audition EVER!)

Well, this past week or two was nothing short of productive and successful! Where do I start......? This may be a bit long, but pretty interesting. There will be lots of exclamation points in this post so brace yourself.

There was a casting posted on Actor's Access last week for girls to portray Princess Tiana (from the new Disney film "The Princess and the Frog") at the private screenings that will be taking place in NYC this holiday season before the film's wide release. I'm a huge fan of animated Disney films and have been following this film for over a year, so I was geeked about the chance to be a part of such a ground breaking movie. Princess Tiana is the first black Disney princess in the 70 years since the first princess made her debut.

The casting was listed as an open call but I decided to submit my photo anyway. I wanted them to see my face before everyone else's. Well.......later that afternoon, I received a phone call from the production manager of the event. She had seen my headshot and called me to make sure that I would be present for the casting. Naturally, I said I would be. Then, later that evening, I got ANOTHER call from another PM (a male) requesting my presence. Needless to say, I was very excited to have been contacted twice about this event, especially since it was an open call.

I showed up right at 10am (Friday, October 2nd) for the open call, the same time that it was scheduled to begin. I knew I should have come earlier but that would have been too much effort. The place was packed!! I thought they would be seeing just "Tianas" but it turns out they were casting for ALL NINE princesses, so there were girls of pretty much every ethnic background there. By the time I got the sign in sheet, I was number 160 and about 240 girls showed up altogether.

Luckily it was very organized. They were bringing groups of 15-20 at a time (based on their numbers) into a separate studio to have polaroids taken. By the time they got to around 115, they started from the beginning again and had girls going in groups of 30 or so to a dance studio where we had to learn a short dance to showcase our grace and poise. After performing the dance for one of the main casting directors for Disney, she made cuts. If you made the cut, you were given sides to read on the next round.

When I went up to get my polaroid taken, the female PM who called me the day before (I do remember her name but don't feel comfortable posting it at this time) saw my headshot and instantly recognized me! She said hi and snapped my photo. After the group finished, I pulled her aside because I was very crunched for time. I had two more auditions at 12, 12:30, and a booking for MTV at 1pm. I told her about my time constraints and she went ahead and had my measurements taken. Woo hoo! When I went in to do the dance, I was so nervous! We were split into 3 groups of 10 after learning the dance and performed in those groups for the casting director. After each group performed twice, the CD called us out by name into groups of 6. You did the dance once, then she axed the people she didn't like. It was brutal.

I was the third to last group to dance and prior to mine, she had only kept 3 girls. After doing the dance, she cut everyone in my group except for me. She ended up keeping a few more girls in the last groups, bringing the total down from about 34 to 6 or 7. We were all given sides to read over for the acting portion of the audition. All of the "Tianas" were given special sides to read (three to choose from) and notes that specified her mannerisms and accent. The film in set in New Orleans so she has a Southern accent. Thank heavens I'm from Texas! At this point, I was feeling very confident about my chances. Did I mention I look like her?



While I waited to audition for the CDs, I was all over the phone calling my agents getting my other auditions rescheduled because it was already after 12 by this point. Finally the main PM (the one that called me) made an announcement that the remaining girls would be split into two large groups and brought in all at once. I almost died when she said that because that meant we would have to act in front of everyone else! My name wasn't called for the first group but as the girls were rounded up into the first room, she came over and told me to come in with the first group since I was on a tight schedule. I was the last person to walk into the room and she announced in front of everyone that I would have to read first....in front of everyone.

Once again....I almost died.

She then went on to announce to the entire group (I estimate there were 40-60 girls in there) that everyone would read first, then they would make a cut. If you made the cut, you would read again on camera, and then you would have a digital photo taken and measurements. My measurements had already been taken. *wink*wink*

Then I got called up to read first. I had read the sides and was very comfortable with them, so I wasn't nervous except for the fact that I was first, and had to go in front of EVERYBODY. So I stood in the middle of the room in front of the CD, both PMs, and the choreographer (not to mention 40-60 girls) and I read the first set of sides. I felt really great and all of the Disney people were smiling big as I read. After I finished, the main PM and the CD chatted about me, then the PM asked the camera man to set up the camera right away. All of the girls were looking confused and I could feel a lot of tension behind me. The PM announced to everyone that this situation was unusual and that the casting process would go as planned for everyone else. It was literally ALL EYES ON ME. I'm not gonna lie, it felt great.

After the camera was set up, they asked me to slate and read again. I asked the CD if she needed me to make any adjustments and she told me that she loved the way I read it the first time and to do it the same way again. So I read again, and thanked everyone. The main PM got up and asked me to come with her so she could take my photo. All of the other girls were staring at me as I went to grab my bag and I left to finish the last part of my audition. :)

The next step is for the tapes to be sent to Los Angeles where more casting personnel for Disney will look over the tapes and make a final decision. The job starts on November 25th and runs through mid December. I want this so bad, but I think I have a great shot and getting it. Please keep your fingers crossed for me!

As for my other auditions and booking, timewise, everything worked out perfectly. It was a great day.

Progress Report

1. Booked and shot a promo for MTV that begins airing October 7th. That's tomorrow!

2. Booked a short film that I shoot next month.

3. Booked another short film that I had to turn down.

4. Currently on hold for a hand sanitizer commercial. Been on hold for a week and will find out tomorrow! Keep those fingers crossed.

5. Was released from the SAG Capital One commercial. :(

6. Had a bajillion other auditions that I haven't heard anything about yet (either too late or too soon): Lowe's commercial, print ad for Abilify, a couple of other short films, YooStar commercial, Nintendo DS commercial, and a few things I can't remember.

Thanks so much for reading my novel this week! I hope it was as entertaining for you as it was exciting for me.

September 22, 2009

Updates

I'm a horrible blogger! Horrible I tell ya!

I'm very sorry to everyone for taking so long to update with another post, I've just been feeling so burnt out lately that my blog has taken a back burner. I work my "day job" Saturday/Sunday/Monday and spend the rest of the week auditioning and going hard core with submissions and research. It can be so exhausting. My problem is that I go a mile a minute for as long as I can and then BAM! I just shut down and lose steam for a few days. The problem with that is my "To Do" list piles up and then the vicious cycle begins all over again. I'm sure most of you can relate!

This isn't to say that I haven't been productive and making some great strides, I have. Here are some updates:

Progress Report

1. Currently on hold for my first SAG commercial for Capital One. Keep your fingers crossed!
2. Got paid for Sprite!!!!!!!!!
3. Have a callback for a really cool feature film.
4. Auditioning for a Mariah Carey music video tomorrow. No, it's not extra work. Extra work is the devil.
5. Have an audition on Thursday for a "secret" product that shoots in Europe for seven days! Had to do emergency passport renewal in preparation for my booking. ;)
6. Auditioned for a really cool product called "Yoostar". It's karaoke meets film.
7. Have been contacted to audition for two more short films, I just need to read the scripts first.

I have a couple of cool posts coming up, working on a video blog. Still.

September 6, 2009

Lackluster?

So sorry for the long delay since my last post. I've been working on a few video blogs but those won't be posted for another week or two.

The last couple of weeks have been a bit lackluster for me. I was on hold for three projects (count em': THREE) and was released from all three the day before shooting. A Nokia ad, Trim Stix commercial, and Health Magazine. Talk about getting kicked when you're down! In a way, it's still very good because this tells me, and my representation, that I'm making a great impression with the CD's that I'm meeting, but it still sucks to get so close to booking something and then not quite getting there.

On the upside, I booked a short film last minute and shot that this past Thursday. It was a one day shoot and was pretty fun. The only crappy part was I had to smoke cigarettes for it. I didn't inhale though. :) The name of the film is "Freddy VS Jason......and Sheila In Between". I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived on set because one of the other actors was Yolanda Allen! We met in person recently and it was very nice to work with her. Turns out, she was referred to the director by Danielle Faust, another actress and blogger that I met in person at an audition the day before the film shoot. Such a small world!

Also, one of the shorts that I did a few weeks ago, "Low Brow", is having a couple more scenes added that will be focusing on me. I'm supposed to film them on the 11th of this month. I'm excited about that and will be posting the full film when it's all finished.

I have an audition this Thursday for a feature film that I got through ActorsAccess. It's called, "I Got a Story To Tell". It seems very interesting, and according to the breakdown, will be filmed in the style of "Pulp Fiction", meaning all of the characters stories are intertwined.

On the 17th, I have a paid photo shoot. I'll be doing some hair modeling, the same stuff that got me started in pro modeling. On Tuesday, I'm doing a test shoot with a photographer named Isaiah, but goes by the name six21pix. You can see some of his work here on ModelMayhem. I'm not sure what we'll be doing yet, probably some beauty work. I'll post the final photos when they are finished.

I'm excited because a little over a month ago, I made a personal goal to add 5 new films to my resume before the end of the year, I've already done 3 since then. Maybe I should increase my goal to 8? I really need to put together my reel but I'm still waiting on some footage from a few of my films. My on camera manager at Prestige, Alissa, has been pushing me to finish it because she wants to send me out for pilot season. I'm having trouble getting a copy of a feature film that I shot two years ago. I seem to be getting the run around on that and it's frustrating because I had so many great scenes that I can use for my reel. I'm really hoping to get this resolved soon.

You put so much effort into these projects (many times for no pay except the promise of a copy) and then when it comes time for you to be compensated for your work, you get nothing but the run around. I'm seriously considering making every person I work with for no pay sign an agreement stating that I'm guaranteed a copy of the work. Hell, the only reason why most actors work for no pay is because they are building resumes and reels. What's the point of doing the work if no one is going to see it?! Ugh. Pretty much everyone I've worked with has been great about this, but it's the one or two that make me so cautious.

Anyway, I'll keep everyone posted on the outcome of this little dilemma, and stay tuned for my video posts in the next week or two. I realized after writing this post that it hasn't been as lackluster as I imagined. In fact, things are moving along pretty nicely, despite a few drawbacks. I guess that's the definition of working hard and staying positive.

Progress Report

See above post. :P

Also, I'll be coming up with some draft ideas of an agreement that will guarantee that I have no issues receiving a copy of my unpaid work.

August 20, 2009

"Short Story" Film/Verizon Shoot

So, last Tuesday, I began filming a short film titled, "Short Story". I think that's just a working title so we'll see in the next few months. It was a very fun shoot. The film is essentially a re-enactment of a very unlucky night for a dwarf named Lupo. He comes to the US to collect an inheritance and while sitting in a bar one evening, meets a beautiful woman named Alexis, played by yours truly. They have a connection and spend a few minutes chatting and getting to know each other. What happens next for Lupo results in a very bad night.

We shot at an old dive bar in Brooklyn, and while the shoot lasted 4 days, I only shot for 2. The first day, we shot the main bar scene and did all of the master shots and two shots. On the second day, I came back and we shot the closeups. It was so hot outside and even hotter in the bar! The crew had to turn off the AC because of the noise so we were dying all day. Luckily, my costume was a strapless sun dress so I was a bit cooler than some of the other people on set. Lupo, the star (whose name is the same in real life), was very sweet and fun to work with. Pretty much the entire cast and crew was German and Lupo was flown in from Germany the week prior to the shoot.

The director, Klaus Pohl, was so sweet and very passionate. He spent a great deal of time yelling (not really in a mean way.....I think) at the crew in German which I thought was pretty funny. The only person that didn't get yelled at by him was me. :) He was very nice to me and made sure that I was always comfortable and had what I needed. On top of everything, I was paid a very nice day rate for the film. It was a great experience and I'm excited to see the film when it's finished.

Here are some photos from the shoot.







Me and Lupo.


Verizon Photo Shoot

Last Thursday I did a photo shoot for Verizon. It was very strange because the shoot was done over night in New Jersey. We shot at the the Verizon Evolution store in South Plainfield, NJ. The models and crew met in midtown around 9pm, and took SUVs to the location. There were two female models, including myself, and two male models. We got to the store almost an hour behind schedule because one the male models was late. He didn't really care about being late either. He was very nonchalant about it, as if he was doing us a favor by showing up. It made me instantly dislike him. Turns out, both of the male models knew each other and about halfway through the drive, I had to put on my iPod to drown out the sound of them pumping their own egos. Talking about girls that were "stalking" them etc etc. It was really annoying and I knew it was going to be a looooooong shoot.

On another note, I was very happy because Stefanie Syat was the makeup artist for the shoot. She's the same MUA that did my makeup for my headshots! Anyway, the shoot was very easy, despite lasting until 4am. We essentially played shoppers in the store looking at various items and holding one pose for each "scene".

Progress Report

1. On hold for Nokia shoot!
2. Auditioned for Trim Stix commercial a few days ago. Was put on hold this morning!
3. Booked a short film, "Ribbons".




August 12, 2009

My First Networking Event

Last Thursday was my very first networking event, so I am no expert by any means, but I think I know how to work a room. The name of the event was Industry Networking Party 2.0. I, unfortunately, missed the first event so I knew I needed to be at this one. The event was hosted by Prestige Management Group, one of my reps as you know, and an organization called Act Outside the Box which is headed by Lisa Gold. It was at a nice bar/lounge and free to attend, although by invite only. On top of that, drinks were half price for the first two hours and there was a stage where people could sing karaoke. I went with my fiance (a non-actor) and good friend Nosheen, who is a gorgeous model/actress/singer from the UK.

The event was also attended by some great industry people such as agents, casting assistants for some of the big soap operas, and producers. Basically, really great people to know....that you don't have to pay to meet. Upon arrival, we were given name tags to correspond with our "specialization". Actors had blue name tags, industry folks had red, and the organizers had gold. It was great because you knew right off the bat who was who, but it was also hilarious because it was so obvious the way people were sizing up others.

Minutes after arriving and being labeled as actors, my friend and I were approached by two agents and told how beautiful we were and that we had great looks. I told them that Nosheen is also a singer and she told them about her music. We chatted for a few minutes, talked about recent projects, exchanged business cards (I just got mine the day before and they are awesome!), and then we all moved on. Simple, quick, and painless.

Right after, I spotted an agent that was surrounded by about 5 enthusiastic actors. She works in the commercial department for CESD and is the kind of agent that a lot of actors would love to meet. Keep in mind, everyone was wearing name tags that also listed where they work. I wanted to introduce myself but waited until she was alone for a moment. I'm slightly weirded out by the thought of speaking to someone I don't know with a bunch of other people I don't know, watching and judging me. Call me crazy. So, Nosheen and I walked over to say hi. Well, before I said two words, and older actress, probably about 40, came over and interrupted me mid-sentence and started talking to her. I suppose she thought she was being assertive or aggressive or whatever you want to call it, but frankly, it was very rude. I looked at Nosheen and she gave me the eye as if to say, "Get in there!" I didn't want to come off that way, so I waited for her to finish, which took about 2-3 minutes. As the other actress said her goodbyes, I asked the agent a few questions about herself. We chatted for a minute, I gave her my card, and thanked her for her time.

I decided not to let the bad manners of others ruin my night. We all ended up having a great time. Nosheen did some karaoke and I also got to see one of my agents perform a song, it was quite hilarious. I met a bunch of other great actors and made sure to exchange contact info with them. I even met someone who reads my blog, hi Yolanda!! I met with a few other industry folk including an agent's assistant from The Gage Group, a casting assistant for "All My Children", and some producers of a web series. I felt like it was a fun, successful night. There is another event on the 20th and I'd like to attend that one as well.

Here are a couple of photos from the event.

Me with Lisa Gold of Act Outside the Box....not sure why I'm making that face. :P

From left to right: Jillian Hasset (my print agent at Prestige), my gorgeous friend Nosheen, my fiance Nodari (I'm cracking up at his expression), yours truly.


Progress Report

1. Booked the Verizon shoot. Shoots tomorrow night.
2. Wrapped up short film, "Short Story".
3. Had a print casting for Nokia today.
4. Casting for New York & Co. tomorrow morning.
5. No longer able to perform in the play "Sisters".

P.S.

Here is what my business card looks like:

The Front

The Back



I love it!!

August 5, 2009

Having A Great Attitude and Working Hard

I've been so busy lately and I've been getting bored with just giving updates and I wouldn't be mad if everyone else was too. I want to write about things other than my auditions, but still related to my careers in acting and modeling. I was thinking about maybe just writing about whatever is on my mind and then adding a second section in each post to give quick highlights on my auditions and bookings, as well as classes and meetings with industry people.

Looking back over these past few months and how much fun I've been having, I wanted to figure out what has been most effective in my life. I'd have to say that hands down, having a great attitude and working my butt off have been instrumental in springing me forward. I know that this sounds like a no brainer, but it's easier said than done. After Gilla Roos closed down and I was trying to figure out how to bounce back from the setback, I was feeling so discouraged and low. I was letting the frustration get the best of me and there were a few times where I felt like giving up. I don't what caused it, but one day I realized that I just wasn't putting forth enough effort. I had been deluding myself into thinking that I was doing all that I was supposed to do, and that outside factors were preventing me from moving forward: the business is slow, I'm not getting sent out enough, I can't afford the necessary tools...blah blah blah.

The fact of the matter was: I had an awful headshot and was too cheap to get new ones, I wasn't on the major casting sites, I would read BackStage, but rarely submit, I was postponing meeting with a few agents because I was too nervous (lazy) to prepare material for them, and finally, I just wasn't making my career my top priority.

I guess my first big step was really taking the time to learn my type before getting my headshots done. By fully understanding which roles to gear myself toward, it made everything else so much simpler. From there, it was a snowball effect. I invested in the best headshots and the response has been overwhelming. So far, for every 5 projects that I submit to, I'm getting called in for 3. Of the projects that I've been called in for, I've gotten callbacks on most, booked, or got great feedback. The same can be said for the acting jobs that my agents have sent me on.

Once I started really taking charge of my career and staying focused, my attitude changed because I knew that whatever I was putting out into the universe would come back to me threefold. Now I know that this is only the beginning of a new chapter, and that we all have ups and downs, but I know that no matter what, as long as I stay positive and work hard, anything that I do is something that I can be proud of.

Progress Report
1. On hold for Verizon Print Ad
2. Had another audition for a different role on Gossip Girl. The CD told me that everyone loved me from my last audition, but the role ended up getting cut.
3. Shot a short film, "Low Brow", this past weekend.
4. Auditioned for two short films.
5. Doing a screen test for another short film this weekend, and possibly shooting next week.
6. Had a print casting for Sun Crystals, and Toys R Us.




July 29, 2009

Sprite Shoot and Other Updates...

Well, last Thursday I had the photo shoot for Sprite. I had a blast! My call time was for 8:30am and I was the second model to arrive. The first model there was a guy named Justin and he was very nice. While he got his makeup done, I sat on the couch and ate a delicious breakfast. One of the best parts of professional photo shoots is the food! The food is always so amazing. Anyway, I got my makeup done and then went into wardrobe where the stylist put me in this really cute purple halter top.

After I was dressed, Justin was still shooting so I sat back down and began talking another model who had shown up at that point. His name is Lorenzo. He watched Justin while he worked and talked a bit. When it was my turn to go up and shoot, I took off my shoes and stood barefoot on set. I like to be barefoot when I'm shooting because I feel more grounded that way. I was already pumped and energized and the photographer didn't waste any time. He put the camera in my face and just started clicking away! The frame was very tight, from just about my head to by bust. It was all about the face. I pretty much did whatever came to my mind, but wanted to make sure that each expression displayed surprise and pleasure. The photographer liked when I did flirty, cute expressions and had me making a lot of "sour pucker" expressions. Even though the frame was tight, I moved a lot and even did some jumping and head swinging to show movement in my earrings.

After we shot for about 20 minutes, the stylist came down and sprayed my entire torso down with water until I was dripping wet. Then we shot for about another 10 minutes while I was wet. I was then dried off and put into another top where we did some photos just showing movement in my jewelry. Then I was done! During the shoot, there were about 10-15 people watching me, including the other models that had begun showing up throughout the morning. The producer of the shoot came over to me and told me that I was wonderful and that she had a lot of fun watching me shoot. I got to see the photos as they scrolled through them on the monitors and the photos looked absolutely stunning. I can't give anything away but the final product is going to be awesome and is set to begin running in October.

Here are a few photos from the shoot:
The Set

My Makeup


Wardrobe

Makeup

Two Hot Models: Bobby and Chavis

Another Hot Model: Lorenzo


In Other News....
1. I had a final callback last week for the SAG feature film, "Mooz-lum", and it went well. I was happy with what I did and just hoped for the best. Yesterday, I got an email from Alissa at Prestige, my legit agent/manager, and she told me that she had some feedback from the casting director. At first, I thought she was going to tell me that they thought I sucked or some other melodramatic nightmare, but she told me that the CD thinks I'm beautiful and talented. They are still holding auditions in Detroit and Los Angeles but I'm one of their top choices from NYC. She told me that it may a few more weeks before they decide but to stay encouraged and trust in my talent. :)
2. I also booked a short film, "Low Brow", that I'm shooting on Saturday. :)
3. Today I had a casting in NJ for a Belveda Mascara infomercial. So far it's looking like I may book that one. The pay is pretty good.
4. I was offered a job as a shoe model next week for a showroom. There was no monetary pay, but I would be given two free pairs of shoes for 1 hour of work. I reminded my agent that I have a tatoo on my right foot and the client was like...um.....nevermind. Ha! I figured that would happen but damn I wanted some free shoes!

July 21, 2009

Huge Updates!

Well, I know it's been a while since I last posted and I apologize for that!

So let me backtrack and work my way up to the most recent events. I've had a bajillion auditions in the last two weeks.

1. I spoke about my audition for the play "Sisters" back on June 29th. Well, I booked it!! I start rehearsals for that on Monday.

2. I auditioned for a short film about a month ago and since then, the CD has been in contact with me. She wants me to come back and read with the lead actor, but doesn't know when.

3. I auditioned for a SAG feature film last Sunday (open call) and it was the biggest waste of time and very poorly organized. Actors waited over two hours to be seen by the casting director. When I went in to read, the CD sat BEHIND me and I was to direct to read to what looked like interns. They were all in their mid to late teens. I was fuming after that audition. Obviously I didn't even get a callback.

4. I auditioned for a play called 4Play and was given a callback for a 3 hour workshop where the actors learned more about the acting technique that the company prefers for the show. It was a lot of fun, but I did not book it in the end. :(

5. I auditioned for a funny short film titled "Low Brow" and I have a callback for that this week.

6. My on camera agent at Prestige got me an audition for the lead in a SAG feature film and my read went very well. The CD (Aleta Chapelle) gave me a callback on the spot and I'm supposed to go in tomorrow!!

7. I had a casting through CESD for a web spot to introduce the inspiration for Cindy Crawford's new shoe line and I booked it! I actually did the shoot for it yesterday and it was a lot of fun. I played the part of Tara, a young woman who works in the fashion industry who always stays hip to the latest celebrity gossip. I'm not entirely sure how this will be put together, all I know is that there will be three different scenes/characters (myself, and two men). The director played back some of my footage and it really looked great. I'm hoping I can get a final copy on disk somehow because I want to start putting together a reel.

8. And finally, I had a really fun print casting for Sprite last week at Impossible Casting. I was submitted by my print agent at Prestige. The models were photographed making very animated expressions to illustrate specific emotions such as anger, fear, happiness, etc. The CDs put up mock photos of what the client wants the final product to look like and the photos were very energetic and lively. They were shaded in lime green and the people in the photos had these crazy expressions to illustrate how intense the flavor of Sprite is.

A lot of models seemed very embarrassed because we were pretty much being photographed in an open space where everyone was watching. Well, I didn't care who was watching! When it was my turn I went balls out with my facial expressions and I made the photographer and some of the models watching me laugh.

Well.......needless to say, I was put on hold for it last week. And today, my agent called me to tell me that booked it. It shoots on Thursday! :D

July 1, 2009

OMG I'M ON FIRE!!!

Let me tell y'all. I'm exhausted.

I'm sorry if this post is too condensed or seems rushed, but I just don't have the energy to fully elaborate on all of the things that have happened in the last couple of days. And please forgive any spelling/grammar errors. :)

Tuesday (June 30th) was my audition for "Happy Hour" a very popular (and well reviewed) ongoing off-off Broadway show produced and directed by Micheal Horn of the Michael Chekov Theatre Company. The audition was interesting. I read a few sides from the play for him, and then he had me do some exercises where I was to read the sides while making very ugly contorted faces and speaking in strange voices. At first, I was very shy, then I just said f*ck it and did it. Then he gave me a callback.

Today (technically yesterday July 1st) I auditioned for the company apprentice program at The Barrow Group. I performed a monologue for the school's director, Christel, and then we did some monologue exercises. Afterward, she had me fill out an information sheet and told me that I would be meeting with the co-founders of the company in August. So am I in? I have no idea.

After my Barrow Group audition, I had an audition for the supporting character of a short film with a really cool concept. If I book it, I'll tell you all about the plot. The audition was really fun. I met with the casting director, Sarah, and the director, Klaus. Everyone involved in the production of the film is German and we had a great talk about different areas of Germany and I found out that I used to live in the same German town where the director was born. Everyone was very nice and the reading the sides was fun. We improvised most of the dialogue and it felt very natural. All in all, it was a great audition and I feel pretty confident about it. They told me that I was wonderful and they were gushing over my headshot (big ups to Laura Rose!), then Sarah told me that they would be in touch with me very soon and that the role would be paid. Please keep your fingers crossed!

After that, I went to the 45th Street Theatre where "Happy Hour" is produced for my callback. Michael Horn called me and two other girls into one of the dressing rooms to tell us more about the production. The first thing he did was ask us what we would do if we were offered 1 million dollars. We all said that we would take it. Then he asks us if we want to be in the show. We all said yes, and then he says, "Great!", then proceeds to tell us about the production. Afterwards, we met with the rest of the cast and he gave everyone the parts that he felt were best for us based on our auditions. From July 6th to July 18th, we will rehearse Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm. Then we will have two performances, the 18th and the 25th. I'm very excited and will give updates on the production as I learn more. I'm still not sure what to expect.

Tomorrow (today) is my Exxon Mobile print casting that pays several thousand dollars and I'm going to try hard not come off as desperate. Ha!

I had to turn down the student film audition.

So, now do you see why I say that I'm on fire? This has been a very exciting (and rewarding) week for me. I still have another theatre callback scheduled for next week. So everyone that reads, please keep your fingers crossed and wish me luck!

June 29, 2009

"Sisters" Audition

Well, today was my audition for the "Sisters" theatre showcase. I arrived about 5 minutes early for my audition and the director, Steve, was there waiting. We sat and talked for a few minutes and I handed him my headshot. He told me it was a great photo and he was very happy that I look just like my headshots. Woohoo!! Right before I began my read, another man came in the room and Steve introduced me to him. I feel like a really dummy because I can't remember his name and that's not a good look.

Anyway, I performed one of the monologues that Steve had sent to me the week before and when I was finished, he asked me to perform it again more forcefully (almost the same direction that I was given in my last audition) and so I did. After I performed it again, they both were nodding their heads as if I had nailed it, then they told me that I did a great job. Then Steve asked me to cold read for another character. He gave me a few minutes to go over the sides and then I went right into the read. He gave me a bit of direction and had me read it again.

When I was finished, he told me that it was great and complimented me on on my ability to take direction well. Then he told me that he wants me to come back next week to read with an actress that he has in mind for another character in the scene. So......I got a callback!!! I go back in on Monday and I'm very excited. I feel like I'm on fire right now!

I have an audition tomorrow for "Happy Hour", another play. I also have a print casting for Exxon Mobile on Thursday, and was e-mailed about a student film audition the same day. Unfortunately, the casting is at 7pm and I have to work that night. I e-mailed the director and I'm hoping that we can work out another time. I don't want to pass up the chance to audition for anything. If I have to, I'll try to get out of work.

June 27, 2009

Feature Film Audition

Today was my audition for the non-union feature film "Seraphim". The audition was held at Columbia University (which is such a beautiful campus) uptown. I had to leave work about 30 minutes early in order to make it to my audition on time. I ended up arriving about 20 minutes early anyway so I had a few minutes to catch my breath and go over my sides one more time. I was called in after a few minutes and I met John Pasha, the casting director, as well as the director and writer of the film, Ben. He told me that he loved my hair which was really nice.

I sat for a moment and Ben gave me a quick rundown of the character that I was reading for and then I read one of the sides that were provided on Showfax. He told me that the read was great and then he gave me a bit of direction, telling me to be more assertive. After I read the second time, he said the usual, "That was great, thank you so much!". We've all heard that one a million times and I have no idea what it means and I don't really care. I'm not going to read into it or drive myself crazy over it. I feel like I gave a great read and that's all that matters to me right now. But I'm still keeping my fingers crossed. :)

June 26, 2009

Poly Com Audition

Today was my audition for a Poly Com industrial which was secured for me by Ramona's Model and Talent. My audition was scheduled for 5:15, but I got an email around 3pm asking if I could move it up to 4:30 because the CD's wanted to wrap up by 5. I was running a ton of errands (dropping off new headshots/comp cards to my agencies) but I wanted to be done sooner as well, so I changed my plans around to go audition sooner.

The audition was at Beth Melsky casting and as soon as I walked in, I remembered having auditioned there before. They have an electronic casting system that's requires you to create a username and password after giving them all of your information, including your address. When you go in to audition, you have to sign in to a computer and the line is always very long because no ever has or remembers their username. Luckily, because I'm already in the system, I spoke to a gentleman at the front desk and he signed me in with no issue. I only waited about 10 minutes before I went in to read and it was pretty easy.

There was a giant board with copy written on it and while I'm still not entirely sure what the product/service is, it's basically about creating a site that gives a business the opportunity to connect with people all over the world, almost like Skype. I slated and read the copy in a very light, conversational style and the CD told me that I was great. Then he asked me to explain in my own words what I thought the product was all about. He told me it was great and that was it. I feel good about the audition, but we all know that doesn't mean shit in this business. It shoots on Wednesday and Thursday of next week so if I don't hear anything by Monday, I'll assume I didn't get it.

Tomorrow is my audition for the lead in the feature film "Seraphim". I'm pumped about that and will let you all know how it goes!

June 25, 2009

Stock Shoot Update and Three Auditions

Stock Shoot

The stock shoot that I did yesterday was a lot of fun and I know I'm going to get a lot of great photos from it. The two other models I shot with were two of the most gorgeous girls I've ever seen in my life. And just as sweet. Jamie, the photographer, was just as nice as always and her studio was AMAZING. It's a penthouse studio in Jersey City with a giant rooftop terrace that overlooks The Hudson River and the NYC skyline. The majority of the shoot was nature themed so we did some really cute concepts laying in "grass" and camping. We also did some fitness related concepts as well as weddings, baking, and shopping. I'll receive a disk of the best images sometime next week and, of course, I'll post them!

Auditions!

I have three auditions lined up in the next week. One is an audition for admittance into The Barrow Group Company Apprentice Program. That audition in on July 1st and I have no idea which monologue I want to do for the audition, but I guess that's a good thing because I have some options to play with.

This Saturday (the 27th), I have an audition for the lead in a feature film titled "Seraphim". The character is an FBI agent named Jodie Watchtower who, along with her partner, is trying to locate an abducted child. I'm very excited about this one.

My other audition is for a theatre showcase titled "Sister". It's a focus on women and tough life experiences and is set to be performed in August. The director is having me read for two different roles on Monday, the 29th.

Quick Update: One of my agents just sent me a casting for an industrial tomorrow at 5:15. Dress code is business casual and there will be full copy. The day rate is pretty decent too. This next week is going to be VERY busy!

June 22, 2009

Photoshoot on Wednesday!

On Wednesday I'm going to be doing a stock photoshoot with Jamie Grill of Jamie Grill Photography. I've worked with her before and she's very nice. She's been waiting for the weather to get warmer for us to shoot because she loves to work outside. For this particular shoot, I will be working with two other models so I'm looking forward to that. I LOVE doing stock photography because the photos are always so bright and happy. You have to give lots of energy to make the photos warm and inviting. On top of that, you do so many different concepts that you have tons of photos to add to your book. It's not like doing a photoshoot with a single concept where you have the find the best single photo, with stock photography, your options are endless and they never conflict with each other. Her style is perfect for commercial print so I'm excited for the shoot. She's pays a good hourly rate and guarantees a minimum number of hours so that's just icing on the cake......AND she gives you a disk of the photos! Of course I'll post them when I get the disk. :)

June 17, 2009

Bank of America Casting/Final Headshot Choices

Yesterday I had a print casting for BoA. It's only background which I wasn't too thrilled about and almost declined to attend. Almost. It's still a recession! I've done background work for TV once and will never do it again. I've never done it for print work and don't really want to but could use the money if I book this job. *sigh*

On my way in to the casting, I was stopped by a woman named Monique who said that she reads my blog regularly! That really made my day. :)

Well, tomorrow I go in to Reproductions to have my final headshot choices retouched and sent out for prints. I'm so excited to actually hold my prints in my hands. I'm also going to get my comp cards done, but I'll need to create a disk with all of my image choices tonight. I have no idea what photos I want on my card, it's going to be a tough choice. Anyway, these are the photos I chose for my headshots. They are both unretouched and I figured out how to make them larger.
My Commercial Shot
My Theatrical Shot

June 11, 2009

HERE ARE THE PICTURES!!!

After Laura narrowed down the photos, I had over 500 to look through. I put over 100 in my favorites folder so I still have some work to do. My agent at CESD will help me choose my final photos. Sorry the photos are so small, when I saved them to my desktop, they shrank a lot. I chose 3-6 of my "narrowed" favorites for each look that I did. I'm so happy with how they turned out. They are all un-retouched.