July 10, 2012

Funny Audition Story

And by funny, I mean mortifying. :)

So, a couple of months ago, I had an audition for a yogurt commercial that was set to shoot in Toronto, Canada. It's the same director that shot both the Dove Ice Cream and Dove Chocolate commercials that I did. Same casting director too.

Shit, I had this in the bag.

I get to the office, sign in, primp and preen in the mirror...you know, the usual. There's one girl in front of me and we're both instructed to grab a carton of yogurt and a spoon off the counter. Now let's be clear. I do like yogurt as long as it's sweet and flavored. The girl, in front of me grabs the last vanilla flavored yogurt. All that's left is plain Greek.

Uh oh.

I go in the room and I already know the deal. I know what the director likes and she'll be reviewing the tapes from Toronto with the clients. She wants to see playful eating, licking the spoon, smiling, good energy, etc. The CD starts filming and when I peel back the lid on the yogurt, there's a thick layer of some sort of fluid that nearly makes me gag right then and there. But, I keep the smile on my face and stir the yogurt while looking into the camera. I get it nice and smooth and then dip my spoon in and scoop out a bite. As soon as the yogurt touches my tongue, I dry heaved. On camera. In an audition.

The CD cuts the tape and tells me to start again. She assures me that I don't have to take big spoonfuls. So we go again and as I'm fighting down bites of disgusting Greek yogurt she has me walk around the space, sit in chairs, just be more dynamic. I'm trying to keep a smile plastered to my face and as I'm walking back to the center of the room, I take another swallow and I dry heave so hard that I thought I was going to vomit right there. Instinctively, I turn away from the camera and tell the CD that I can't eat another bite or I'm going to vomit. She just laughs and tells me that it's okay. I didn't even care at that point. I knew that I would never book the commercial, I was just happy that I didn't have to pretend to like that shit any longer.

Later that day, I saw my manager and told him what happened and he was laughing hysterically. He then told me that one of the casting assistants had already called him and told him what happened and that everyone in the office had also found it hysterical. Awesome.

Obviously, I didn't book the commercial and I now know that the next time I audition for anything involving yogurt, to make sure I bring my own.

July 3, 2012

Holy Shit, It's Already July?!


Anyway, in the month of June, I worked on three films, had one photoshoot, and a ton of auditions. All in all, it was a great month and I have no complaints.

The first film I did is called "In Lieu of Flowers" where I had a small supporting role. It's an indie feature with a pretty decent budget and I was paid and everything!! Yay! You will hear my voice in several scenes via voicemail and building buzzers, but when I appear on screen (twice) you don't see me speak. It's hard to explain without revealing plot spoilers and I don't want to disrespect the director/writer by revealing too much. I filmed for two days and the director/writer, William Savage, was a lot of fun to work with. I play a character named Melissa.

The second film is a short called "American Girl". Once again, I can't reveal too much about what it's about but I had a strong supporting role and the footage is going to be AMAZING for my reel. I also worked on this project for two days and I. Had. A. Blast. It was one of the most fun sets that I've been on. The director/writers name is Jason Shahinfar and I was shocked that this was his first project. The set was so professional, everything ran ON TIME (that NEVER happens) and the cast was hilarious. I'm very excited about this one. My character's name is Alexis and I play the lead girl's closest friend. 

The third film that I did is called "My Man Is a Loser". It's also an indie feature, but a pretty big one with some big names in the main cast. It's stars Michael Rapaport, John Stamos, and Bryan Callen. My role was a small supporting character named Jordan and my scene is with Michael, John, and Bryan. Jordan is one of three crazy ass college girls who are enlisted by John Stamos's character to help him with a project. The scene that ensues is hysterical and we had so much fun filming. It was a long twelve hour day, but I had so much fun that I didn't notice. The guys were so nice, great to work with, and I was especially excited to meet and work with Michael Rapaport as I've been a fan of his for a long time. Bryan Callen was very funny (and a bit flirty) and bought us girls Chipotle for lunch. 

The photoshoot was for a cystic fibrosis inhaler (not interesting) and we shot on the beach in the Hamptons. Too bad it was about 50 degrees. Sitting in the plush Winnebago was nice, but being on the beach in the cold wearing a bikini top and shorts was pure misery. I mean, it was the kind of cold that cuts straight to your bones. Luckily, we weren't out there too long, just a couple of hours.

In other news, I booked a SAG industrial for Bank of America that shoots next week. It's not big money, but I'm excited for the booking nonetheless. I was bitching about how slow it had been so I'll take what I can get! I'll be playing a very sweet, understanding customer service rep that assists customers with the fine details of their mortgage loan modification applications. That sounds so interesting right?! Anyone?? Helloooo........