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.