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Dance-tress Acting Up: Producing Your Own Projects


I believe that a person should work at their career for at least an hour everyday. This is not a one-two-step-to-success kind of career. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and for those like me who hate running, the thought of a marathon is exhausting. Between your j.o.b, auditions, family and everyday duties, life can get pretty hectic. I know we’re not out on the streets saving lives or curing cancer, but it can still be difficult and frustrating at times. We still need vacations (if you can afford one) or at least another hobby to keep you occupied.

And hobby it is! I have definitely discovered some new hobbies, and they tend to keep me quite busy. One that I really enjoy is creating my own projects. I had no idea I was going to enjoy it as much as I did. I remember being frustrated the last time I worked a student film. They’re still learning so it took hours longer than scheduled, it was no pay, and I never got the footage back. Sadly, it felt like a big waste of time. I decided that if I was going to do something that was going to turn out mediocre and not get paid, I might as well make my own projects and write my own stories.

I’ve learned so much more about film production than I ever planned. I learned the importance of lighting, angles, pace and so on. I became a one-woman crew. I am writing, directing, acting, doing my own camera work and it’s incredibly fulfilling. My own wacky ideas are brought to life, and it’s also a great way to keep productive. It’s not always easy though. Editing can make me want to pull my hair out. I am not a professional in any of these areas, so it is very learn as I go, but I get better each time.

I have also realized that I am a comedy writer. Many of the sketches that pop into my head tend to have a silly twist in them. Or, at least I think it’s funny.

This brings me to my current web series, 12 Teen. It started out as a joke and a way for me to act. Then I realized how easy it is to continue with the story line. I’m not on a deadline so I can make a new one whenever I want. Who knows, I may even enter it into LA Webfest next year or gain a fan base. Time will tell.  

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As a former competitive gymnast/dancer, I will be sharing with you my journey as I transition into acting full time. I want to share my experiences and hopefully give you insight and tips on some things that I wish someone would have told me BEFORE I moved to California to start my journey. Some times, you have to live to learn, but always remember that you're already living the dream. - Caslin Rose