September 9, 2012

Update & Planning For The Future

These past few weeks have been very busy. I've had a TON of auditions ranging from feature films, to pilots, to TV series, to commercials and print. I'm also auditioning for a decent range of roles: series regulars, recurring, co-stars, and leads in films.

I've had 3 producer callbacks including 2 where I went straight to producers without having to first audition for the casting director. One of those resulted in a booking, a fun co-star role on Made in Jersey,  a new series that premiers this month on CBS. I play a really snotty jewelry sales girl and I had so much fun filming. I can't say much more due to confidentiality, but the episode will probably air in October. I'll be sure to give a heads up when I find out the exact air date of my episode.

I've been very unlucky with print and commercials this year which is so frustrating because booking those kinds of gigs has always come so easy in the past. I'm getting callbacks and even getting put on hold, but nothing is sticking. I could really use the money from a decent national commercial because the SAG scale rate is pretty low, especially when you factor in taxes and then the commission that you pay your representatives.

Because I've done a decent amount of co-star work, my agents/manager are going to try to get my quote raised, which means instead of making SAG scale, I'll have a minimum amount of money which the producers must pay me if they hire me. That would be amazing!

One of the straight to producer callbacks I had was for a recurring role on a new FOX show. I was so bummed when I didn't get it. The feedback was great, but I guess it wasn't the right role for me. It's really great that I'm getting to audition for much bigger and meatier roles, but it makes the rejection hurt so much worse! *sigh*

Anyway, I'm starting to get really antsy and restless which usually happens to me around this time of the year and I'm trying hard to shake this....mood that I'm in. I'm just really itching for a change and I think the solution would be a change of scenery. I'm making serious plans to go to Los Angeles for pilot season in January and my representation is on board. Everyone is in agreement that it's a big step in the right direction. I've met with the VP of my legit agency's LA office and she wants to work me as soon as I get out there. My commercial agency is bi-coastal so I have good shot at being about to work out there commercially as well.

I've also had serious talks with my husband about us moving out there next year and I think he's more excited about it than me.

Yeah, I think it's time.


  1. Congrats on those auditions and you know what thy might not be calling you back but you know they will remember you!
    Oh wow moving to LA I def wanna move there too but I wanna establish myself here first.

  2. What is the SAG commercial pay like? I always hear it was six figures.
    Also its cool you can demand you ow pay when you get bumped up, go you! lol;)
    Have you been to California before I always hear that is much harder

  3. Yay!!!!

    haha Is there more to say? :)

  4. You can do it!!! Let's go!! You got this!!!

  5. I'm a commercial print model in NYC also, and I've been so frustrated over the last year, too. Countless castings, call backs, holding dates and then being released. I only booked 2 jobs last year, both non union that didn't pay much. I decided to take a break for a few months bc I wasn't enjoying it. I'm glad to know I wasn't alone!
    It's so cool to hear about your plans! LA will be awesome - that town is built around the industry.
    I have a blog, too. I'm in a different age range than you - I'm in my late 30's.
    Best of luck!

  6. Riad: Thank you for the congrats!!

    C.L.: SAG commercial pay comes in a HUGE range and the system is extremely complicated to explain. I've never earned six figures, but I know people that have. My biggest payout was over $50K for one commercial, but it takes months to see that kind of money.

    Getting a quote established is pretty standard, but it takes a little while before you have enough clout to make it happen. Hopefully I'll be there soon.

    Chelsea: ;)

    Anonymous: Thanks!

    Sharon: You certainly were not alone! I will be sure to check out your blog. Thanks for reading mine. :)

  7. From the looks of it have you seen any downside from the merge going on?

  8. Tela: It's much too soon to tell right now.