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!