May 29, 2011

My Dove Chocolate Commercial

I shot this commercial last summer, right after I shot the CitiCard one. One of the spots has been running for over 6 months, and while I'm in it, you don't see my face. As a result, I was downgraded out of that spot and have not been collecting residuals. I get pissed every time I see it, lol. This one (where you can clearly see my face!) starting running last month.


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May 26, 2011

Another TV Gig, Another Let Down

I booked How to Make It In America!!! The very day that I posted my last update, I got the call after finding out that I had also booked the Citi Financial commercial that I'd mentioned. I was very excited to know that I'd be filming HTMIIA the next day and then flying to Los Angeles for a commercial shoot a few days later.

Filming HTMIIA was a lot of fun. I only had one line (well, one word if I'm being completely honest), but I'm in most of the scene that I shot. Well....it depends on how they edit the scene of course. Never count your chickens before they hatch, right? *sigh* Am I being cynical?

Anyway.

I worked with the two stars (Bryan Greenburg & Victor Rasuk) as well as another actor (Nick Chinlund) who plays another major character. It was probably the most laid back set that I've been on and I had a great time watching the guys perform. They're pretty amazing. In between shots, we all sat around chatting and they could not have been nicer to me and they complimented me on my performance.....even though I didn't really do much. It was still very sweet and appreciated though.

I filmed from 7am to about 2pm and when I left the set, I got a call from my manager. He told me that the Citi Financial commercial shoot was no longer happening. I'm still kind of fuzzy on all of the details, but the gist of it is that they decided to hire LA actors rather than fly NYC actors across the country.

While I was disappointed that I wouldn't be doing the commercial, I was even more disappointed by the fact that I didn't get to go to Los Angeles! I've never been and was really looking forward to spending a few days there. I'm also irritated with the producers/clients for putting me through all of that crap, only to change their mind a day later. Ah well....you take the good with the bad I guess.

May 19, 2011

Yes, I'm Still Alive!

I haven't updated in a while because after detailing my restless feelings in my last post, I slipped into a state of pure apathy and laziness. I've been auditioning and have booked a few gigs since then, but if my manager/agents didn't set me up with the appointment.....well it didn't get done.

I haven't self-submitted to any projects, taken any classes, updated my website or blog, nothing! I'm not worried though. I go through these phases periodically and it's really just a time for me to step back and really think about where I'm at and decide how I want to move forward. It's also just an excuse for me to be lazy. But, now I'm moving back into my proactive phase and I have a lot of things that I'd like to get done over the next few weeks.

For one, I've begun working out again and I'm giving myself a month to get back to my old weight. I realized that my weight gain was mostly due to the hormones in my birth control method. I've since switched to a much lower dose and within a week I dropped 4 lbs! I'm also making some dietary changes because I haven't been eating as well I could be. Taking care of my body is part of my job as a model/actress so I need to stay on top of it like everything else.

I will be getting new headshots, most likely at the end of June or early July. I'm giving myself enough time to get back in shape and get my hair situation under control. Most likely, I'll have photos done of me with both straight and curly hair.

Other than that, I've been staying fairly busy and I'll take this time to move into my progress report. I've had some pretty decent ups, but some heartbreaking downs too.

Progress Report

1. I booked a photo shoot for Citi Financial in mid April. I played a bride dancing with her father at her wedding. It was a very fun shoot. The concept is being turned into a commercial and the clients/producers "tested" me and the model that played my dad earlier this week so see how we look on film. If I book it, I'll be flown to Los Angeles this weekend for the shoot.

2. I booked a campaign for Dr. Miracle's relaxer. I'm going to be on perm boxes all over the world now! I refused to have my hair relaxed so instead, my hair was pressed and the hairstylist added a few pieces. It looked absolutely beautiful, but I was a bit sad to have several inches of my hair cut off.

3. I went straight to the producers of Law & Order: CI again. This was my third time going in and once again, I did not book it. I was told that they love me, they think I'm great, but they decided to go in a different direction. The feedback has been great, but it's so frustrating. If they love me, why won't they just book me? The show is almost done filming and this is the last season. I don't have very many more opportunities to be on the show.

4. I auditioned for "How to Make it in America" twice, a new Louis C. K. show, and a new HBO show. Didn't book any of them. *sigh*

5. I had an audition for a supporting role in an amazing play. I desperately wanted the part and prepared as thoroughly as I could. I didn't even get a callback! :(

6. I've also had a handful of print/commercial/VO castings in the past 6 weeks, nothing special aside from the ones that I booked.