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?



7 comments:

  1. So glad things are working out for you chica! I'm actually thinking of checking out Weist Barron for their acting technique/scene study class in Jan. I think its 10 wks $300. http://www.weistbarron.com/ Or you can check out HB Studios hbstudio.org They have long classes for great prices. The price you would pay for a 4 wk class at the Network or Actors Connection but its all about what you are looking for in a class. HTH

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  2. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

    :) I believe in you

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  3. where my comment go? lol I thought i posted one

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  4. It's okay Christine, I have to approve all comments and sometimes it takes me a few days to get around to it.

    Thanks for the support and the class suggestions!

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  5. Way to go girlie! You're keeping busy. So glad to hear it!
    www.actressontherise.com

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  6. hi Andrea!
    I located your website when I was searching for more information on the Princess and the Frog. I was also sent information about the casting, but received it too late :( Anyways, I wanted to know if you could give me advice about contacting CESD. I'd like to start doing print work and/or voiceovers and I'm not sure how to or where to start. If you could email me at info@jolandaporter.com I would greatly appreciate it!

    Good luck with all of your upcoming castings and hopefully I'll hear from you soon, thanks!

    ps I heard there's a few great acting intensives at the New York Film Academy - www.nyfa.com if you're interested. ok, take care

    ~Jolanda

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