These past few weeks have been pretty interesting and a couple of last minute things have been popping up, taking me by surprise.
I've only had two pilot auditions so far, and one of them I actually passed on (gasp!!) because I didn't like the character/script. The first audition was for a really cool CBS pilot and the character was a lot of fun to play. I know with episodic casting, the process is very fast, but I don't really know how it works with pilots. I know that the process can be fast, or take weeks. The other pilot really isn't worth mentioning.
Last week, I shot a commercial/print ad for Speedstick deodorant. I didn't even have to audition! This situation is another lesson in why building great relationships and doing good work on set can bring forth other opportunities. Some of you may remember that in the spring of last year, I filmed a guest spot on a web series called "Stay At Home Dad". Here is the link to my episode here.
So, the same production company that produces this series was commissioned to shoot several spots for this product. They knew that they wanted me for one of the spots because they loved what I did on SAHD, but when they went to the clients, the clients still wanted me to come in and audition with all of the other actors. However, when they showed the clients the web series episode, they decided to give me the part then and there.
When I was on set for the commercial shoot last week, I was talking to one the producers, Brandon Williams, who also stars in the web series, and he told me that the success of the web series has opened more doors for them. They have been taking meetings with various networks who are interested in turning the web series into a half hour sitcom. Brandon told me that if the show gets picked up, he wants me to appear in one of the episodes! And that, my friends, is how you cultivate lasting professional relationships in this business. You do a great job on set, keep a fun and positive attitude, and make people fall in love with you and your work.
Also, as I type this, I'm on hold for another commercial that shoots in a couple of days. I'll get to spend the whole day eating strawberries and apples if I book it.
In other news, I started a new acting class and I'm very happy with it so far. I'm taking an advanced technique/scene study class with Terry Schreiber, the owner/founder of T. Schreiber Studio. I feel as though I'm being challenged in this class and I've already learned so much by being there. It's a hard class though. It's 5 hours long and that can be pretty brutal, especially when I'm hungry.
And finally, I'm still working on my "Pseudo-Casting Director" series, but it's A LOT to put on "paper"! I hope to start rolling those out in a couple of weeks. We are moving into the callback phase of the casting and we are very excited to bring back some of these actors and see what else they can bring to these amazing characters. I will keep everyone posted as things progress.
ETA: After posting this, I found out that I booked the commercial and the role in the pilot has been cast.