Monday, February 1, 2010

Howard Meltzer - Hannah Montana - Called to Producers

I think I mentioned that I started doing casting director workshops last month.  I figure that I've beentaking classes and preparping myself for auditions and I'd like to get myself in front of some people who can actually hire me.  I was a little reluctant at first but after my first workshop with Sherie Hernandez at Act Now and receiving good feedback, I thought it was worth my time and my money. 

I signed up for two more through Actors Key.  One with Howard Meltzer who casts Hannah Montana (an AFTRA show) and one with Deanna Andrews (The Bold and Beautiful).  I received excellent feedback again and hold onto your hats....was called in on Thursday to audition for the role of Sharon on Hannah Montana.  Wait, it gets even better - - I got called back again on Friday to read for the producers! 

It was a great experience and Carol and the producer were very very nice.  They truly seemed to want to be encouraging and kind to the actor and this was such a blessing.  I am pleased that the casting director workshop was helpful in helping me with this opportunity.  At least now I know that they are not a waste of money.  Of course, I'd love to get the part but feel encouraged and blessed that I made it this far.  The one thing I keep learning about the business, like most things in life, you have to create your own one is going to do it for you!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I've MOVED! blog has moved.  It is a very exciting time in my career and it's perfect timing because I have a new and improved web-site that also now hosts my blog!  Let me know what you think about the new site and the new blog.

Monday, September 21, 2009

It's a Wrap!

Haven't had a chance to blog about my experience doing the show, Forever Fosse. It was a really wonderful opportunity to perform and do what I actual came here to do...perform! Even though it was a small theater, production, etc... I loved that I had rehearsals daily and that I got the opportunity to sing. I am definitely going to look for more theater opportunities. Here are a couple of fun pics:A compilation of Cabaret, Chicago, Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity, Forever Fosse was a blast! Needless to say, we were dressed (or not dressed) for most of the show...hence the black lingerie. Mom and dad approved ;)

Um...somebody thought they were hot stuff apparently. Nice collar (thanks Jeanna for the loan)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

LA Comedy Fest and other stuff...

This morning my performance improv group, Duck Tape, and I are hoping to "wow" the organizers of the LA Comedy Festival so that we can perform as part of it in November. After almost two years of working together, each of us knows the strengths/weaknesses (not that we have any) of each one of us. I believe that our biggest strength is our ability to work together as an ensemble...there isn't any of the "hogging/showing-off/selfish" stuff that often times plagues an improv group. I feel really fortunate to have such a kind and committed group of professional actors to work with! Wish us luck.

On another note, I've done some more work with General Hospital and I absolutely love it. I would love to be a part of this show....mostly because the cast and crew are so darn nice. Not to mention, Gwen, the casting director, is the sweetest woman I've met down here in LA - - always quick to respond to me and just treats actors like "people" which is so refreshing.

I've had a good few weeks. Forever Fosse is wrapping up this weekend and my parents are coming down to see it -- yeah! I was also booked for a comedy pilot...and then cut from the script (boo). Such is the life of an actor.

I start my photography classes again in a few weeks and I am so excited to develop my skills in this area. All in all though, a great summer but I can't wait until I book even more jobs.

Monday, August 31, 2009


I don't know what I was thinking but I was recalling my earliest memories of acting. Most notably my "debut" in Annie when I was 10 years old and I thought to myself, "hey, I'd love to do musical theater again, I'll look into it tomorrow."

So "tomorrow" which, was actually Monday morning, August 10th, I saw a casting notice on the breakdowns for the role(s) of Sally Bowles (made famous by the fabulous Liza Minelli) and Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta Jones) and I thought, what the heck, I'll throw my hat in the ring. I wasn't expecting a call but sure enough, the next day I received a call from the Director asking me to come in the next day to audition. Kind of crazy, right? I didn't even have a song rehearsed and the last time I "sang", was a lip-sync to my vocals that had been pre-recorded during the Miss Oregon pageant back in 2001. Even then, this was a stretch but at least I had the benefit of a sound editor and some choreographed "razzle dazzle" to distract the audience.

I literally went onto Youtube, found the song "This Time" from Cabaret, and videotaped myself singing it with headphones on and it didn't sound half bad. Seriously, though the great thing about not being 19 in this town is that I have the mentality that I truly have nothing to lose and auditioning and being uncomfortable is why I moved to LA in the firsts place!

Armed with about 2 hours of vocal practice and my resume, I threw on some bright red lipstick, and walked into The Hollywood Fight Club with confidence. I have realized that confidence can get you places you never dreamed and if you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect a casting director to believe in you, right? I was offered the parts of Mama Morton (Queen Latifah's role from Chicago) and Lola from the musical Damn Yankees on the spot! I accepted and literally two weeks from our first rehearsal on August 13th, we had our first show.

Being in Forever Fosse has been an extraordinary experience and I absolutely love the theater. While I wouldn't call it "Broadway", it has been wonderful to be a part of something and the cast is extraordinarily talented! Being in this show has also reignited my love of dance, which I had done for 13 years and then just stopped one day - - well, not anymore. I'm dusting off my jazz shoes and gonna start hitting the studio again!

I am already looking for more shows to be a part of and will keep ya'll posted. I think the Lord is working in mysterious ways because I could never have predicted this path when I moved down here 18 months ago but what a journey it has been!

If you live in LA and want to come to the show, let me know! We just finished the first three shows and it runs every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until September 13th. Pics to come!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Marketing/Branding - JENN CHIANG ROCKS

I believe it is critical to an actors success to have an online presence and a marketing strategy. I also believe that an actors and their work should be easily accessible. One way to do this is through a web-site. Another way to do this is to mail information directly to various casting directors, agents and managers.

I am working hard to find work, which will give me more material for my web-site and I am also creating a direct-mail plan. This plan needs to be consistent and one that is branded properly. I am a big believer that image is everything. I know this may sound trite and vein to many but it is true nonetheless. I should clarify that I don't mean my "physical image" and that it is the most important thing (although, it is important), I believe that the image or the "brand" we communicate with can either increase my chances of getting work or decrease them.

Lucky for me though, I hit a jackpot when I met my good friend JENNIFER CHIANG! Jenn is an amazing designer and graphic artist and she has graciously and joyfully taken on the task of creating a web-site for me as well as my logo, business cards and some mailing materials. If you agree, I would highly recommend her services for anything you may need her for. She is ultra collaborative and is a perfectionist. I feel SO incredibly blessed to have her friendship and her expertise. I look forward to paying her back when I get my big break.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

General Hospital - small part...big potential :)

So I did my little G.H. shoot yesterday. It was fun and quick. I'm not sure we'll even see me but the best part is just being on the set and there were only two other "extras" hired for this so it's pretty cool. I swung by afterwards to say hello to Gwen (the casting director) and she was gracious as always but obviously busy. She offered me a number to call if I want to do this more. Um...yes, I'd love to be on a set with people who make decisions and make a little cash-olah$$$ while I'm at it. I hope she looks for even bigger roles for me - -wouldn't that be cool. My pics are kind of corny but fun nonetheless!

My call sheet

My dressing room...o.k., it's a little basic but I was the only one there so if felt like my very own room - the life of a working actress ;)

That's a wrap! "thumbs up"...I entertain myself sometimes - - I just get so excited :)