December 17, 2014

Commercial Crazy!


So, I shot another commercial on the 5th, bringing my total up to 5 commercial bookings in 2014! I'm so proud of myself, that's my biggest yearly total so far. I'm not allowed to discuss any details of the commercial, but it was a great shoot and I hope you all get to see it very soon!

I'm also currently on avail/on hold for 2 more commercials, so my total could reach 7 before December 31st if I'm lucky. *fingers crossed*

Still in the middle of the process for that "potentially major" something that I mentioned in my last post so I can't discuss that either, unfortunately. Ugh. When I first started blogging, I pretty much detailed every little thing that I did and went in for, but as my career progresses and the projects get bigger, I'm not always allowed to give even the most minute details.

Sorry guys.

Other than that, tv/film auditions have slowed down a lot due to to the upcoming holiday break, but I did go in for a guest-star role on CSI yesterday. I wasn't thrilled with my read, so I doubt I'll be going any further on that one. When I'm not happy with a read, I usually ask the CD to let me read it again, but this time I just kind of let it go. I'm not sure why, but we can't always explain the things we do.

Oh yeah! I was also put on avail for another episode of 'Marry Me', but they ended up changing direction on character interactions in the scene and so I was released.

Next time!



November 20, 2014

Checking In...


I can't believe so much time has passed since my last post. Many, many things have happened since then. So, for a quick update, I'm just going to list the bigger things as bullet points.


  • I have a new manager. I'm now working with someone at Principato-Young and I'm very happy with them. They're pretty major and I was super excited to add them to my team.
  • Booked another commercial. This time, it was for Kia. The spot will start running early next year.
  • Booked a co-star on the NBC comedy, 'Marry Me'. My episode airs in December.
  • I changed my hair. Back to my fro again. I'll probably get new photos before pilot season starts.

Other than that, I've just been auditioning a lot and most of my auditions are for really big parts in major films and TV shows. I'm getting great feedback and have something potentially major in the works right now. Once the "process" is done, whether good or bad, I'll tell you all about it. Fingers crossed!


July 31, 2014

New Headshots

I'm currently wearing my hair in Marley twists (also known as puffy twists, fluffy twists, etc.) and I'm obsessed! Since I don't plan on changing my hair anytime soon, I needed new headshots to reflect my new look. I reached out to my friend/classmate, Alexis Dickey, the owner of Alexis Dickey Photography, and she hooked your girl all the way up!!

Check out the shots below:







What do you guys think? Clearly, I'm partial to a grey background, although I shot with maybe 5 different backgrounds.

If you're in the market for some excellent new photos, please give Alexis a call! She did a killer job.

July 27, 2014

Watch Me: 'My Man Is A Loser'


So, back in the summer of 2012, I worked on a film called 'My Man Is A Loser' starting Michael Rapaport, John Stamos, and Bryan Callan. Told y'all about it in this post. Well, the film was FINALLY released this past Friday for a limited theatrical run and on several Video On Demand platforms. I saw it last night on Apple TV.

Rather than explain what it's about, here is the trailer:


Did you see me for a split second around the 1:51 mark? Yeah, that's me the blue bra takin' a shot of something that was NOT alcohol.

Anyway, I'm only in one scene of the film, but it's a nice meaty, hilarious scene that was so much fun to shoot! Probably one the most entertaining on set experiences that I've had so far. Oh, and that was where I met my good friend Diane Guerrero whom most of you may know as Maritza on 'Orange Is The New Black'.

So, if you have the time, please check out the film in theaters or on demand. If you do, please leave me a comment letting me know what you think!


July 14, 2014

A Shift In Attitude

When I wrote this post, I pretty much wrote whatever came to mind. I'm not sure how cohesive it is, but it makes sense to me! Anyway, read on....

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Last month I went on vacation for 1 week to Ixtapa, Mexico and had a great time with my husband as we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. It was nice to get away and just relax and spend time with him. Not worrying about auditions, meetings, headshots, etc. was great and very calming. There were a couple of hiccups on the trip (Obviously, you shouldn't drink the water, but I completely forgot about the ice. Ugh.), but overall, it was a great vacay.

But as is my nature, the second our plane touched down in LA, I was desperate to get back to work.

After writing my last post, I decided to take a short break from blogging. As I said when I did my last update, things have been pretty slow.

Yup, still slow.

I was at that point where I was starting to get incredibly frustrated and antsy. Angry. Just pissed off. I didn't understand what the fuck was going on (!!!) and it made me second guess EVERYTHING.

Is it my hair? Am I untalented? Do I have the right reps? What the fuck!?

*Deep Breath*

I recently had a sit down with my agents. By the way, I now have two agents at CTG and I'm excited to see what transpires over the next couple of months. Anyway, it's obviously one of the slower times of the year, as my agents patiently reminded me, but since I'm seeing friends of mine with a similar "type" getting out there for auditions, I'm questioning why it's not happening for me.

Having been in LA for a solid 18 months now, I figured that my new relationships with casting directors that have already seen me would contribute to netting me more auditions.

And then, there was a shift in my perspective.



I don't know when the shift happened, but I made a conscious decision that I will no longer be afraid. Of anything. In the past, I've described myself, and been described, as someone who is fearless. For the most part, I've felt that way. But deep down, I have so many things that scare me. Things that I put off or give a half assed effort to because I don't know what to expect or can't control the outcome.

The biggest issue for me to tackle was my management.

As most of you may know, I'd been with my manager at Prestige Management Group for almost 5 years. I won't get into all the details, but when my contract ended in June, I decided not to re-sign. It was very difficult and I'd spent a few months agonizing over the decision, but once I make up my mind, that's it. And I feel that it was the right move for me.

I wanted to part ways with my manager a while ago, but I didn't because I'd never NOT had a manager. I was afraid of what would happen if I didn't have one. Now, I understand that whatever happens is what is supposed to happen and prolonging the inevitable is just a waste of time. My manager was great and I would still recommend him to anyone that asked, but for where I'm at in my career, it was time to move on.

The fact is, I'm getting older and I'm growing and changing as a human being, actor, and business woman. Outgrowing things and people is simply a part of life and we must embrace change, whether we're ready for it or not. Being afraid is pointless.

Not every job is meant for me. But the ones that are, will be mine. I won't get called in for every audition, but when I do, I know that I'll be ready. If I'm not ready, that's my own fault and my own lack of preparation. I'm not going to agonize over it anymore or scare myself silly thinking about this uphill climb that we actors have set out on. This is what I've chosen to do with my life and I'm committed. It's not to say that some days won't be hard, or that I won't have those moments where I'm feeling down on myself. I'm human. But I'm now more conscious of those feelings and I've found ways to get myself back on track when I'm feeling that way.

On a minor note, I recently made a semi-drastic hair change. I shot new headshots today and will share the photos with you when I have the retouched images.

I expect (hope) that I'll be experiencing even more changes over the next several months. I'm certain of it.


May 22, 2014

My Macy's Commercial!

Back in March, I told you guys about a national commercial that I booked. Unfortunately, I couldn't give details due to confidentiality, but since it's begun airing, I can finally share was it was for.

MACY'S!!!!!




Such an adorable spot! Ya know, because Zooey Deschanel is incredibly adorable. But the real question is:

Do you guys think I look kinda weird?


May 20, 2014

Update/Whining

Y'all, lately I have not been able to figure out what the heck to write about!! I've had a handful of pretty great auditions lately, but nothing that moved past the callback stage.

When things are slow, I always struggle because this blog is really about my life as an actress/model and well, I have no life in this business right now. *cries*


Oh, I remember a couple of things!! Yay! So, I booked another commercial. My third one in the last couple of months and the shoot was very fun. Obvi, I can't talk about it because social media has destroyed all elements of mystery and surprise so pretty much all of my bookings come with non-disclosure agreements attached.

And I re-signed with my theatrical agent. That was nice. Getting dropped sucks and that would have made me very, very sad.

That's all I got.

So, I'm asking you guys to comment or send me emails regarding some of the things that you want me to talk about over the next couple of months. Is there anything that I haven't covered yet or anything that you feel I can go more in depth on? Let me know and help a sista out!! In the meantime, I'm gonna try to find some inspiration somewhere. Preferably in a glass of wine.

May 18, 2014

Reader Q&A: Flubbing Lines

***The following Q&A exchange was taken directly from an email conversation with a blog reader. I felt that the question(s) asked, as well as my response, would be helpful to other readers. No names or personal identifying details have been shared in order to protect privacy.***

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Hello Andrea!

I'm a new reader of your blog and I really really love it. You're one of the few acting blogs that make pretty frequent updates and your stories are very interesting to read.

As your blog easily shows, you are a pretty successful working actress! congrats for that. I am a smaller town Nova Scotian actress who is moving to Toronto in September. Living in a small film industry area, I've been extremely lucky to get the work i've gotten! But soon I will be moving to where the competition lives and the pressure is on. I was wondering if you had any personal advice on lines. I don't have a problem with memorizing lines per say.. but rather, I get so nervous on set that I am constantly more worried about forgetting my lines than being in character. One time I tried to memorize the lines SO hard that it came instantly, but then they changed the entire paragraph on me right before filming and I kept accidentally saying the old lines (of course -.-). I would much rather be focused on my scene and character, but forgetting the lines keep freaking me out!

Do you have any advice?

Thanks girl, keep booking those roles!

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Hi,

What you need to remember is that ALL actors flub lines! No matter how big, famous, and successful they are, messing up lines happens. It's really NOT that big a deal unless you're screwing up every single take. And if you are having trouble with some of your lines, the script supervisor (if you're on a professional set) is there to throw you a bone when you forget!

Unfortunately, I'm not qualified to give any advice on HOW to memorize lines. I'm not even sure how I do it. It comes fairly easy for me, but I've also been acting for a while at this point. Like you said, you would much rather focus on the scene and your character, and I agree. What's easier for me is being more in tune with what I'm bringing to the character and what's happening in the scene. When you're connected to those important aspects of the scene, the lines just come easier.

If you live with a roommate or significant other, enlist their help when you first get your sides/script. I always get my husband to help me run lines. But when he's not around, I just read through a couple of times and I'm usually pretty good with picking up my lines and cues.

Your downtime on set is also a great time to hone your lines. You spend so much time waiting to shoot, take advantage of that! And finally, just relax. We're all human and we all mess up sometimes. No one is going to fault you for it. Just nail it on the next take.

Thanks for reading my blog, I really appreciate it!!

Andrea

April 18, 2014

Reader Q&A: W-9 Forms and Signing Contracts


***The following Q&A exchange was taken directly from an email conversation with a blog reader. I felt that the question(s) asked, as well as my response, would be helpful to other readers. No names or personal identifying details have been shared in order to protect privacy.***

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Hi Andrea,

First off, great blog.  Thank you for making it—discovered it from the Backstage forums.
So, sorry to bother you, I have a question.  I just booked my first gig with my commercial agent, non-U.  There was a W-9 and a contract that my agent signed and turned in to the production company.  Do you know if I, the actor, was supposed to sign the W-9 form (& the contract)?  How has it worked for you?  Do you sign W-9’s every time you book something?  Also, every time you book something, does your agent send you over the contract for you to look over?  I know that’s probably a stupid question, but the only thing my agent wanted to send me was the call sheet and nothing else.  I had to call him up and ream him a new a**h—le and threatened to not show up to the shoot.

Best Regards and Congrats on Your Bookings,

-Name Withheld-

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Hi,

Yes, you were supposed to fill that out. From what I understand, it's so that whoever you booked the job through will be able to send you the appropriate tax forms when it's time to file taxes for that job. No, I never sign W-9s now, but I have in the past when I was non-union.

Every production is different and they probably don't contract out to a payroll company and are probably cutting the checks themselves. That's the only reason that I can think of for them giving you a W-9. Pretty much all big union jobs use payroll companies and therefore don't need to work with W-9 forms.

As for contracts, you're dealing with non-union jobs and every contract is going to be different. As your agent, it's their job to negotiate contracts on your behalf. If you prefer to see contracts ahead of time, that's something that you discuss with your agent. There's no need to "ream him a new asshole" over it. That sounds like an overreaction. And threatening to not show up to the shoot over something that you were ignorant of was highly unprofessional! I would not recommend doing that again, unless you want to damage your relationship with your agent AND the casting director AND the client that booked you! Miscommunication happens, but can be easily corrected if both parties are up front with each other.

I'm a union actor and all union contracts are the same. Meaning, at the most basic levels, union commercials all have the same terms, TV jobs have their terms, etc. Obviously, there will be some variations in payment terms if that's negotiated ahead of time. In union jobs, you're given your work contracts on set so I almost always sign my own contracts. My agents and manager don't sign anything for me unless I know about it first. I'm just more comfortable that way.

Anyway, I hope I answered your questions and congratulations on the booking! Thanks for reading my blog. :)

April 6, 2014

Slllllooooooowwwwww (Update Post)


So, this ^^^^^ has been me these past couple of weeks.

I finally worked on that second commercial booking on Friday and it was a loooong but fun shoot. It was for AT&T U-Verse and since I didn't sign any NDAs it's okay for me to tell you guys what it is. Other than that, my professional life has been pretty lame.

In my last post, I told you guys about my big director's session for the big made for TV movie. It went really well, but I haven't heard anything since then. The last I was told was that the director had not made his final decision yet. I know that sometimes it can take weeks and I'm trying not to think of it, but damn I want this part! *ugh*

I may or not have occasionally stalked the trades websites for updates on potential casting announcements. Just sayin'.

Oh, and I celebrated my birthday for an entire weekend! It was the 31st of March, but I started the Friday before that and I think I may have aged myself 5 extra years in the process. Totally worth it though!!

My auditions have almost completely dropped off although tomorrow, I do have 2 commercial auditions and a print casting lined up. Hopefully one (or all) of those will stick. Theatrically, it's been dead. Dead. Dead.

I haven't posted any new Youtube videos as I've been dealing with some technical and logistical issues that I'm trying to iron out. I'm disappointed that, thus far, I've been unable to honor my personal commitment to at least 1 video a week. I'm going to try to correct that this week.

Since pilot season is winding down, I'm going to spend the next few weeks strategizing and trying figuring out what steps I can take to get to that next level. But first, it's time for the season premier of Game of Thrones!!!

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What steps are you guys taking now that it may slow down drastically until episodic season begins? Let me know in the comments section!

March 19, 2014

And Another One!

I booked another commercial today!! This is really exciting and I hope that I can keep up the momentum. Two commercials in two weeks?! Yes, please!



I also have a director's session for the lead in a made for tv movie tomorrow and I'm nervous y'all! I went in for this almost a month ago and I forgot what I wore and all of the choices I made in my initial audition, haha. I wish things hadn't moved so slowly, but they JUST attached a director to the film and that's why the process has been so long. Anyway, I'm just going to have to go in there tomorrow and kill it. I'm not even sure if a director's session is the last step in the process or if I'll have to also impress network execs.

I guess I shouldn't be thinking that far ahead.

I just need to focus on the work that I'm doing TOMORROW and not worry about what comes next.

I'm going to have to leave my acting class early in order to make it to my audition on time, but I'm so glad that I have class first. I always feel loose and relaxed after I work in class and the scene that I'm working on is extremely powerful. It's going to ensure that when I head to my callback, I'll be open and emotionally available. *sigh*

Please keep your fingers crossed for me and send me some positive vibes.

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On another note, I've been working on a few videos centered around commercials and some specific tips regarding commercials. I shot a great video the other day but had to scrap the whole thing due to technical issues. Ugh.

Gonna re-shoot this week and try to have it up by Monday. Please comment below if you have any suggestions or requests for what you'd like to see in future videos and blog posts. Thanks!!

March 6, 2014

Another Booking!!


Just when I thought I would have to pick up a serving job, I booked another national commercial! I can't give any more details than that but I'm so excited and it's going to be lots of fun to shoot. Will tell you all about it when it airs. It's a big one. :)

Last year, I booked 2 other nationals for Nike and American Express. The Amex is still running but I haven't seen the Nike, although I've earned a lot more in residuals for that than the Amex due to it's global use.

I haven't had a booking since October and I've been getting antsy and impatient so this is coming at a great time for me. Things have been so incredibly slow and I'm driving myself nuts. Hopefully this will help me relax a bit. (Yeah, right!)

How are things going for you guys? Are you all having a busy pilot season or is it dead right now? How are your commercial auditions going? Let me know!

February 25, 2014

Guest Starring On RIZZOLI & ISLES Tonight!

Hey everyone!

Just letting you all know that I'm guest starring on tonight's episode of 'Rizzoli & Isles' on TNT at 9PM Pacific. I don't know the air times in other time zones, sorry! The name of the episode is 'Tears Of A Clown'. Please watch and let me know what you think of my performance. I'm nervous!

This is my third episode and due to the tragic death of Lee Thompson Young, it's probably my last episode.


I stole this photo from IndosPlace, a cool blog that features sexy women. 

Thanks Indo!! ;)


February 20, 2014

My "Go To" Everyday Makeup


Hey there! So, this is my "Go To" everyday makeup look. While I do like to mix things up sometimes, this is how I wear my makeup to a lot of my auditions. Especially my commercial and commercial print castings. 



The look is polished, fresh, and simple. Check out the YouTube video below if you want to see exactly how I achieve this look!





PRODUCTS USED:

BECCA Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
BECCA Eye Priming Perfector - Tinted
MAC Brown Pencil - Spiked
MAC Paint Pot - Groundwork
MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadow - Uninterrupted
Covergirl Queen Collection Bronzer - Ebony Bronze
L'Oreal Infallible Gel Eyeliner - Blackest Black
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer - Amande
NYX Waterproof Concealer Stick - Nutmeg
Ben Nye Powder - Banana and Topaz (Mixed Together)
Hourglass Ambient Light Powder - Radiant
Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush - Mellow Wine
L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly Mascara - Blackest Black
BECCA Ultimate Color Gloss - Autumn Punch


February 13, 2014

My YouTube Channel!

Hey y'all! So I posted back in December that I'm going to be expanding the content of my blog to make it more lifestyle based. And after much encouragement from loved ones, I've finally launched my YouTube channel. It's the same name as my blog and, in the future, I'll be including all manner of videos including makeup, fashion, and acting vlogs. I've just uploaded my first video welcoming viewers to my channel and I'm currently editing a couple of new videos. I'm hoping to post at least 2 new vids a week. Anyway, please check out my welcome video and let me know what you think and what you hope to see from me on my channel and blog!






February 5, 2014

Web/Social Media Presence

So I admit, I've been pretty anti-social media up until this point. I was one of the OGs of facebook and watched over the years as the site, in my opinion, took a turn for the worse. I eventually lost interest and deleted my account back in...September? Maybe October. Doesn't really matter.

Anyway, I caught a lot of heat when I deleted my page. People told me that I was making a mistake and that facebook was the new frontier for self-promotion. Basically, that I was cutting off a huge avenue to increasing my web presence. I tend to agree with that, but the reasons for me deleting my account far outweighed any social media benefits. I won't go into all of the reasons why, but a big one is the lack of personal contact with supposed "friends". You want to know who your true friends are? Delete your facebook page. Then you'll see who's really willing to pick up a phone and call you or hell, even text you. I think the following photo sums up my feelings most accurately.


But I digress.

As I'm early in the process of expanding my blog content, I've realized that while facebook is NOT for me, I don't really see any issues with Twitter or Instagram. I'd shied away from Instagram because I almost never take photos of myself, or anything for that matter, and just didn't see the point. I'm HORRIBLE at taking selfies. But, as I traipse all over the internet doing research on popular bloggers and vloggers, I really do see how valuable Instagram is in drastically expanding your web presence, and thus, your popularity.

I want this blog to be successful. I want to have a strong web presence. And I'm positive that attaining that will lead to more opportunities for me in both acting and modeling. If I ever go back to facebook, it won't be a personal page, but one attached to this blog. I've also decided to start a YouTube channel but I won't be launching that for a couple more weeks. That will essentially be the video version of my blog and I hope that you guys enjoy seeing some of these changes.

With all of that said, I'm not going to let this new endeavor completely take over my life as I see it happening to others. One of the biggest reasons my husband and I moved to LA was to improve our quality of life. I will continue to make sure that I'm enjoying my time with him, my friends, and even myself.

So with that said, if your web presence has helped to serve you in your career or social life, please leave me a comment with your personal experiences. Also, please let me know if you think I'm making a mistake in not having a facebook account. I'm really looking forward to hearing from you guys!

And of course, please follow me on Twitter and Instagram and share my blog with your friends, I will definitely follow you back! My links are on the righthand column below my main photo. I will ad a YouTube widget once I start posting videos.

January 30, 2014

New Headshots


I've actually had these photos for the past 3 months or so, but I'm just getting around to posting them. I shot with OG Photography and could not be happier!! Check 'em out and let me know what you think!


My Favorite Legit Shot. So Dramatic!!

The Look My Agent & Manager Mostly Use

My Straight Hair Option

My Look For Playing Younger Roles (Older Teen-Young College Student)


January 22, 2014

One Year In LA

So, today marks my 1 year anniversary of moving to Los Angeles and I have to say, it's been a great year!

We spend so much time thinking about all of the things that go wrong in our lives, when it would be so much for fulfilling to focus on all of the things that went right. I didn't accomplish everything that I wanted to this past year, but I did accomplish a lot and I learned even more. Here are some highlights:

~Based on the audition log that I kept year, I have a 20% callback ratio and a 13% booking ratio.

~About 30% of the casting directors that I auditioned for brought me back again for other roles/projects.

~I didn't die in a fiery car crash on the 101 or 405. *knocks on wood*

~I'm studying at an amazing acting studio.

~I've met a ton of amazing new people.

~I booked my first guest star which turned into a recurring guest star.

~I've gotten even more committed to physical fitness.

~I've begun learning how to longboard.

~I'm having so much fun and just enjoying life more!

I could write a huge list but I need more material to blog about. :)

Sidenote: I just joined Instagram and Twitter. I'm still figuring things about but please follow me on both if your heart desires! The icons are in the righthand column below my photo.


January 18, 2014

Filler Auditions: The Cold Hard Truth

So, we're going to discuss filler auditions today. What is a filler audition? I'll tell you. And please keep in mind that the term "filler audition" is not an industry standard term, it's something that I made up and it perfectly reflects what's been going on in my career these days. But it IS a real thing and it happens ALL. OF. THE. TIME. If you're an actor who auditions regularly, it may have already happened to you and you didn't even know it.

A filler audition is when you get called in for a really big part, usually a series regular or strong recurring guest star role, but you don't have a chance in hell of getting cast because the producers have already offered the part to another actor. A name actor.

What essentially happens is that the producers/network have a list with a few names of their ideal actors for the part. These are always name actors or stars. What they do is offer the role to the number one actor on that list and then depending on whether or not that actor accepts or rejects the part, they work their way down the list until someone accepts and they close a deal. Meanwhile, just in case none of the actors accept the role, or one actor does accept, but the producers/network aren't willing to meet that actor's demands (money, perks, etc.), they WILL audition the no name or lesser name actors as backup.

Now, this is not to say that just because a no name actor hits the jackpot with one of the roles, they are really just a plan b choice, but sometimes that is the case. It happens to stars too. For instance, the role of Carrie in 'Homeland', played by Claire Danes, was originally offered to Halle Berry and she turned it down. Now, Claire Danes is a star name and has won awards playing this role, but she was not the first choice.

This has been the case for me for many of my big auditions in these past few months. Hell, it's probably been the case for ALL of my big auditions, who knows? The first time I realized this was a couple of months ago. I had an audition for a strong recurring role on the 2nd season of a hit show (I can't name it, sorry), and morning of my audition, my agent called to tell me the casting session had been canceled because an actor had just accepted the part. At first, I was confused. I was thinking, why would they be seeing actors if they had offered the part already?

And then I saw the light. That harsh, bright light of truth and bitter understanding.



Then I got pissed. I had spent two days working on this character. I was well rested, I was prepared, I had eaten a good breakfast. I was ready! I mean, what the fuck!? *deep sigh*

You see, it's not that I didn't know that things like this happen, I just didn't realize to what extent it occurs. Leads in studio features? Duh. Series regulars on pilots? Yeah, that makes sense, sorta. But damn, recurring guest stars too?! Where am I supposed to dip my toes in? Where am I supposed to catch a break?

And then I realized that this was yet another obstacle that I need to figure out how to to overcome. When I figure it out, I'll let you guys know. Right now, I'm just banking on the hope that I can one day change someone's mind and make it onto that mythical list of first choice actors.


January 13, 2014

Getting You Guys Up To Speed

I'm really happy to be back blogging again and I'd like to fill you guys in on what's been going on.

My last real blog post was on 6.29.2013. I had just finished working on my 3rd episode of Rizzoli & Isles. I believe my second episode was airing on TV that night. The 3rd episode that I'd worked on was my last for the season and my storyline was left open ended. I won't say much more because I don't want to spoil the storyline for any fans of the show that may be reading. Anyway, I had a brief discussion with one of the executive producers about the character returning for the 4th season which left me feeling incredibly optimistic. Up until that point (and in the following months) working on that show is the biggest opportunity that I'd been given and it was great to think about how my character could possibly grow on the show. 

A few weeks after that blog post, Lee Thompson Young, one of the stars of the show, committed suicide.

If you watch the show, you'll know that my character was developed as a love interest for his character. I had a lovely time working with Lee and while I didn't know him incredibly well, he had a tremendous impact on me. He was funny, kind, gentle, and incredibly smart. Wise beyond his years. We had a great time on set and each day that I worked with him, he made me feel welcome, supported, and comfortable. During downtime, we talked about everything from career, to love, to friendships, to our dreams outside of the business. His death hit me very hard and I think about him a lot. 

I was surprised to receive an invite to his memorial service and I was even more surprised at the number of people from the cast/crew/producers who went out of their way to make ME feel welcome and comforted, despite the immense grief that I'm sure they were feeling at that time.

I was feeling a lot of mixed emotions after Lee's death and I thought briefly about writing about it. It just didn't seem like the right thing to do, so I didn't. I didn't feel like writing about anything else during that time and the weeks eventually stretched into months.

I had decent summer with lots of auditions, but no tv/film bookings. I booked two national commercials for Nike and American Express. The AMEX commercial ran a lot during the fall and I see it every once in a while now. As for Nike, I have never seen it but after getting paid for all of the international/internet/billboard usage, I received the biggest check that I've ever cashed. So either way, I'm happy!

I started studying at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop back in June but I'll be posting about that in a couple of weeks. For now, I will say that I LOVE it there!

In September, I booked a guest star role on NCIS. I had a great time filming that and even did my first stunt! In my first scene, my neighbor's apartment explodes behind me as I'm walking down the hallway. We did four rehearsals before filming and I only had ONE take so I had to get it right. Everything went off without a hitch and the stunt coordinators made sure that I knew exactly what to expect from the explosion.

Since September, I've gone out for a handful of pilots and some more guest star roles, but once again, no bookings. And as usual, the holidays were really slow, giving me much needed time to regroup and relax. 

So yeah, that was pretty much the second half of my 2013 and now I'm ready to tackle a new year. I feel much more comfortable here in LA and it feels like home now. I can drive most places without my GPS and I'm starting to find my favorite bars/restaurants, stores, and coffee spots. My only goal this year is to have more fun and to travel outside of the country at least once. I haven't left the US in a couple of years and I'm ready to start seeing more of the world. 

I feel like I've learned, lived, and grown a lot this year and I'm curious to see where my new outlook will take me.


January 12, 2014

Check Out My New Design!

I'm so happy with my new blog layout. Doesn't it look so clean and chic?

There are still a couple of minor tweaks that I'm getting fixed and the naked domain is now operational for those of you that don't like to type in 'www' before an address.

As for content, new posts will start going up next week.

Thanks for stopping by!