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.


2 comments:

  1. So glad for the update! I DVR NCIS and was happily surprised to see you! I'll keep an eye out, something big is coming your way, hope you and your hubs are loving LA, surely the weather doesn't hurt. :)

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  2. Thanks Gina, that's so lovely of you to say! I hope you're doing well! And you're right, the weather definitely doesn't hurt, haha. We love it here in LA.

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