November 22, 2010

Finding Your Own Path

When I meet new people, especially actors/models who are just starting out, I'm frequently asked what steps I've taken in order to have done what I've accomplished so far. When you're doing research and trying to figure things out, it's really temping to try to mimic the choices that others have made in their careers. I think it's way too easy to get caught up in what others have done. Go on any message board centered around acting, and you will find countless posts where actors post some story about what some famous actor did to become a star.

Just because it worked for Al Pacino, or Julia Roberts, or Halle Berry does NOT mean it will work for you. We can all be headed to the same destination, but every single one of us is on a different path to get there. Many of us won't even make it there. Some actors/models read my blog and see me post about something that I did to get an agent or manager and they think that they can do the same thing. It may work, it may not.

There are many little things that factor into a situation working out in your favor. Perhaps when you and a friend each emailed that agent, they didn't call you in because they already had a girl just like you, but your friend with red hair and freckles got signed because the agent didn't have anyone of her type on their talent list. Or maybe your headshot sucked. Or maybe you remind them of their ex-husband. Or maybe they will see you in a commercial next year, call you back, and sign you. You both made the same effort in the same way, but got different results because you both aren't on the same path. It happens all the time.

Such is life.

Actors/models spend way too much time focusing on the person next to them. We spend too much time measuring our own successes/failures against what the person next to us is doing. Forget about them! Focus on you!

November 9, 2010

Amazing News!!

I booked the under five (less than 5 lines) on Law & Order: SVU!! I auditioned for the role on October 29th and had a callback November 2nd. I was booked the same day. I could NOT be more excited or more happy about this opportunity. I had my fitting on Monday and I'm due on set today at 4pm. My character's name is "Rebecca" and my name will appear somewhere in the credits at the end of the episode! I have exactly ONE line and I'm going to make sure that I rock it out!!

I'm not allowed to give any more details and I don't know when it's airing, but I will let everyone know as soon as I know.

November 1, 2010

October Progress Report

I think from now on I'm going to post one monthly progress report with posts centered on advice/issues in between. I already have 4 posts written up so they will be ready to post in regular intervals.

So anyway, here was my past month in "The Business":

October 4th
  • Shot a Promo for TV One.
October 5th
  • Callback for "Hardluck" short film. Booked it! I think the name will be changed to something else.
October 6th
  • Callback for Plan B casting from September 30th.
October 7th
  • Orientation for One On One.
October 10th
  • Booked short film titled "Father's Day" that I auditioned for on the 8th.
October 11th
  • Auditioned for an AT&T voice over.
October 15th
  • Casting for Cosmopolitan Magazine. Had to leave before being seen because I'd been kept waiting too long and had other places to be.
October 17th
  • Short film audition.
October 19th
  • Photo shoot for test prep material book.
October 21st
  • Print casting for Clairol shoot, given a callback and placed on hold.
  • Audition for a Mag Swing industrial.
October 23rd
  • Auditioned for a promo for OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).
  • Auditioned for a Search Engine non-union commercial, given callback.
October 26th
  • Clairol callback.
  • Auditioned for birth control industrial.
  • Search Engine commercial callback.
October 27th
  • Had my second meeting with Judy Boals Inc. I performed a monologue...still waiting to hear decision on representation from my manager.
  • Had an audition for a recurring role on "One Life to Live". It was rescheduled for November 2nd.
October 28th
  • Print casting for Saphris.
October 29th
  • Auditioned for an under five role on "Law and Order: SVU", was given a callback the same day. I meet the producers November 2nd.

It was a pretty great month and I get to start November with some gigantic auditions!