March 6, 2011

Joining SAG, Law & Order Part Deux...

These past few weeks have been interesting to say the least. The day I got back from Toronto, I had to hightail it over to Chelsea Piers for an audition for a co-star role on Law & Order: CI. I would be heading straight to a producers session rather than pre-reads. I thought that was pretty cool. So, I got home, kissed my hubby, took a 30 minute nap, did my makeup, put on a cute outfit and hopped into a taxi.

I'm not allowed to say the character name or anything like that, but the audition went very well. A couple of days later, my manager told me that the producers decided to expand the role and would like to bring me back in the following week. Awesome news! So in the meantime, I had to head over to the SAG offices to join. I had to join in order to be cleared for the Dove commercial, otherwise I would have waited.

So I went down there, filled out a crap load of paperwork and tearfully handed over my bank card to pay that enormous fee. So, you are looking at a newly minted member of SAG! It is pretty exciting, but it's also a bit intimidating. I'm now considered a true professional actor and the competition that I'm now up against is reflective of that. We shall see where life takes me in the next few years.

Anyway, the following week I had my callback for L&O:CI. I wore the same outfit/makeup as before and did my thing. I felt good about my read and left it at that. After the callback, I had to head to a print casting for Puma. The casting was very strange in that each model went before a huge panel of clients to talk about themselves. Then we were sent back to be photographed. Then the casting director came out periodically to "cut" people.

Rather than just taking a photo and leaving, we had to sit around and wait to be whittled down to the 20 or so 'chosen ones'. This was a long process and I thought about leaving more than once. However, I was too intrigued by the process and couldn't resist waiting to see if I made the final cut. Every 5 minutes or so, the casting director would come out and everyone would get super quiet, hoping our name wasn't called. We were eventually whittled down from 100 or so people, to about 22. I made the cut and was cast for the photoshoot which shot that same week.

Two days later, my manager called and told me that I did NOT book Law & Order. He did, however, receive excellent feedback about me and was told that they loved me and that everyone in the room is now a fan of mine. For this particular role, they were looking for someone less "cute" (LOL) and would keep an eye out for the perfect role for me. I'm not 100% sure what they mean by cute, whether it's looks or personality, or a combo of the two. When the episode airs and I see who they chose, I'll get a better idea of what they meant. I was a bit disappointed because this would have been great material for my resume/reel, as well as a wonderful opportunity to work with some heavyweight actors, but ah well.....can't win em all, right? Besides, I'm confident that when the right role comes along, I'll be getting a call.

I have some more news but I will save that for the next blog post....stay tuned!

4 comments:

  1. Congrats on Puma! Bummer on L&O but hey, "Sorry, you're too good looking" isn't a horrible problem to have! :)
    Seriously though, I guarantee they just wanted a more Plain Jane type like you'd typically see on L&O.
    Tell your manager to get you out for Gossip Girl!

    xoxo

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  2. Your going to make it big one day! and f those people from Law and Order, they lost out on the chance to book a rising star and definitely will regret their decision. In the mean time, keep up the good work, Im rootin' for ya!!

    Love kiki

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  3. So did the odd casting process make any sense once you did the Puma shoot?

    And yay for making an awesome impression with the L&O producers! Can't wait to hear your new-news :)

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  4. Thank you Luis! I have gone out for Gossip Girl a few times but I haven't booked anything yet. They don't have too many girls of my type on that show. :(

    Thanks Kiki, love you!!

    @Dannielle: The Puma casting made zero sense. The photo shoot was very much like every other shoot I've done, technically speaking. I guess they just wanted the instant gratification of choosing their picks then and there. My manager was pissed though, because they should have talked to agents/managers before booking talent. LOL

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