November 14, 2011

Progress Report

This past month has been VERY busy for me and while I have a couple of awesome bookings, my booking ratio wasn't that high this month.

1. Most excitingly, I shot a co-star role on the TV drama 'The 2-2'. This show is being executive produced by Robert DeNiro and stars Leelee Sobieski. It's a cop drama centering around a group of young rookies. In fact, I think the original title of the show was 'Rookies'.

2. Had a general meeting/audition with a casting exec at BET. She's prepping for a slew of new tv pilots that BET will be producing next year and wants to see what kind of talent NYC has to offer. The meeting was awesome and she had nothing but great things to say about me. She was gushing over my headshots and told me that my performances were very natural and that I have a very bright future ahead of me. Hopefully I'll be auditioning for some series regular roles for her in the next few months. 

3. I took a 4 week improv class at The PIT (People's Improv Theater) and had A BLAST!! It was so much fun and really liberating. I was scared shitless at first but I learned quickly to just let loose and go balls to the wall. It's already helped me in my auditions, especially in terms of thinking on my feet and being more courageous with my choices. I'm currently researching classes at UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade) and may take one with a couple of my friends.

4. Auditioned for a lead role in a Hallmark Channel movie, no dice. That was a bummer because the story was pretty awesome. I also auditioned for a lead role in a SAG low-budget feature. No dice there, either.

5. I have had a handful of commercial and voice over auditions. I had a callback for one of the commercials today and they are currently holding me for ten days. I'm never optimistic about VO auditions because in two years, I have never booked a single one. I mean, NOT A SINGLE ONE!

6. I shot a print ad for Always feminine products, and while it was a long grueling shoot, the pay rate is very high and kept a smile on my face.

7. I re-signed with Buchwald, this time for 3 years. 

8. Oh, and I had my first guest star role audition for a show that will not be named because it's pretty embarrassing. I didn't get it, but it was exciting to move up the TV audition ladder. 

----So, as you can see, I went out a lot for a pretty large range of projects and I only booked two. I think that it's time for me to get back into a really great acting class because I'm starting to go out for bigger roles and I want to make sure that my skill set is up to par. 


  1. Keep going at it!
    What ways do you market yourself to casting directors?

  2. @Ryley: I don't really market myself to casting directors. I have a fantastic manager and fantastic agents that get me into the right rooms. I have, however, sent a couple of 'thank you' notes in the past. This was after major auditions, either for a pilot or for the ABC Diversity Showcase. I haven't done that in over a year though.

    If you don't have relationships with any/many casting directors, I would recommend sending them postcards in order to keep them updated on your bookings, classes, and accomplishments. Make sure your current headshot is printed on your post cards and mail them out regularly. Any time something with even the slightest significance happens, send a post card to your targeted casting directors.

  3. I saw your ad in My seventeen magaizine! I was like hey thats Andrea! I wanted to know when you get signed as an agency who find you your commercial print work? Does your agents find or do you sometimes look for work your self?

  4. Briadoll, just like with anything else, the point of getting an agent is so they can get you auditions/castings. Yes, you can look on your own, but very few legitimate print castings are available to models. Some are posted on ActorsAccess, but just a tiny few.

    I do not look for my own print castings.

  5. Hi Andrea,

    I found your site while looking for "natural hair head shots". About two weeks ago, I chose to update my head shots with my naturally curly hair rather than my previous choice of straightening it and am very pleased with them. Your diverse shots, blogpost and several other pictures and articles helped me go au naturel, so thank you! Now onto my question, I noticed above that you re-signed with your agency. How did you decide to go with that particular agency? And while shopping for an agent, what would you say if an agent asked you if you were shopping around? I had this happen to me this week and it felt pretty awkward. I also wonder if you have heard of 1 800 Casting and their associated fees?

    Thanks for lending your advice and sharing your success, it inspires!

  6. Wendy: I chose my agency based off of a gut feeling and nothing more. I liked the vibe and energy of the people/office more than some of the more sterile offices I'd been to.

    If an agent asks you if you're shopping around, tell the truth. They ask this because if they like you, they want to know who else is taking an interest in you. It's a standard question and shouldn't be awkward in the least.

    I've never heard of 1800 Casting but I don't believe in paying for things like that. It's highly unlikely that they can provide you access to worthwhile castings.