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Dance-tress Acting Up: General Interviews

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Guess what, yo! I just had an entire sit down lunch with a casting director, for free! Everything I've ever heard is true, he was a real person! Not someone to be afraid of or intimidated by. AND, I didn't have to spend $ I DO.NOT.HAVE. Jealous? You shouldn't be because you can do it too.

Intrigued? Well my friends, it's called a "general interview". Yup, nothing fancy, just a general interview. The idea of calling up a casting office and asking them if they do general interviews NEVER EVEN OCCURRED TO ME.  It has been ingrained in my mind for so many years that if you want to get seen, follow "the rules" go to a workshop. 

I think there are a lot of different reason why actors either don't know about this idea, or simply don't follow through with the phone call.

1. Everyone is scared of being "BLACKLISTED". Do you really think a casting office is going to remember your name from 15 second phone call, put you on some evil list they have lying next to their phones, and NEVER want to hear from you or see you EVER again? Probably not. If they say "NO", then politely say good bye and don't call again. 

2. If you're inbox is anything like mine, then you probably receive TONS of emails every day telling you which casting director is holding a workshop and where. You are convinced they are going to spot YOU out of 100,000's of actors they see each week and are going to remember you for that one role that comes around every once in a while. Hey, I'm sure it does happen, but you will probably have to see that one particular casting director more that once. 

To me, an extra $50/month is a struggle. I'm not the gal to waste $5 for a coffee fix or a few drinks at night (things I don't like or do), I rarely get to fly home to see family (once a year or twice if I'm lucky), I HATE shopping, I simply don't have the extra money. Paying to play is a game for the wealthy and that's just not me.

3. There are no rules or exact steps on how to succeed in this industry. Everybody makes it a different way. There are books and articles from people who share what THEY did to succeed and many believe that is the ONLY way to make it because it's been "proven".  If they found success in one particular way then of course you will too. Like, duh. Times have changed and you need to pave your own way. Be creative. #useyobrain

4. Calling up and asking for an interview just honestly never occurred to me. I'm not an idiot, I have an education and a brain, I honestly just didn't even think about it because nothing in this business is normal. Whatever normal is.

Luckily for me, I do A LOT of researching online and came across some youtube videos from casting director Billy DaMota Guess what he suggested? Lol, yup! Be like Nike, Just Do It.

Personally, I would make sure you have all your goods prepared before you waste anyones time- ie. pics/resume/ reel/credits/ confidence. Do your research first and learn as much as possible about them. Maybe find a common interest and definitely watch a film or two they have cast. Nothing makes a more awkward chat when you know NOTHING about who you are sitting across from. It screams "cast me" and thats kind of difficult when trying to build a relationship. Desperate is never a cute look. 

 Vegan ;)  I do my research 

Vegan ;)  I do my research 

Billy and I had a lovely lunch. He said that he was now going to be my mentor whether I asked for it or not. It's hard to come across good people, so I'm down. Although he's from northern California, he reminds me a lot of my family on the east coast and I liked that as well.

So friends and whoever else is reading this. Target those casting directors you want to connect with, do some research and make those calls! Don't be a douche though, be professional.

Stay tuned for next weeks blog where I fill you in on what its like behind the scenes of a film festival. Oh, and all my free perks :)

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Dance-tress Acting Up: Insecurities, Nerves and Butterflies

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Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies!

I'm positive there were butterflies in my stomach all last week. Luckily for me, they're gone now. But, truth be told, a lot of it was all in my head. 

I was lucky enough to film a couple reels with some friends last week. This was something that has been on my to do list for a while now, and I finally had the opportunity to make that happen. You know me and my check lists, can you imagine the amount of gratification I felt as I was crossing these off the list? Yeah, awesome.

First shoot was with Darwheezy himself, and the other was with some friends over at Relentless Filmworks. For the second shoot, I had a little over a week to get everything prepared- learn my lines, put wardrobe together, chill out, etc. This was more than enough time, maybe too much. As each day passed and it became closer to the shoot date, the more nervous I got. 

"What if I suck?"

"Maybe I should have started working out sooner?"

"What if the other actor outshines me in my own scene?"

"What if I've been given all this time, and STILL can't remember my lines?"

Oh, zetus lapetus! (ha, who remembers that one?) no wonder why there were butterflies procreating in my stomach. I was worrying wayyyyy too much. I actually worried so much I ended up with some lovely stomach cramps for a few days prior to filming. My level of confidence was all over the place. Yes, I've been acting in a ton of my own projects, but it has been a really long time since I have had the opportunity to work with other professionals and just to be honest, the lack of opportunities I've had lately has made me incredibly insecure in my own abilities. I mean, there has to be a reason why I'm not working, right? Could it actually be because I'm not as good as I thought? I know I'm not a stick figure, but could it be because of my weight? Or my semi ethnic looking facial profile? Blah, there I go again. 

Luckily, I'm friends with both Steve and Troy at Relentless Filmworks, and the actor opposite of me (Kevin Ryan Sweeney) coincidently happened to be an old friend of mine, so it was a pretty comfortable set. Whew. Thank you jesus, I needed that.

Regardless of why you're not going out for auditions, most likely for reason out of your control, you CAN NOT TEAR YOURSELF APART. Trust me, I know, this is very easy to do. I will definitely work harder and look into a mirror next time.

So the moral of this story is, calm the F down! Chill the F out! We are all here for one another and ain't nobody's poo don't stank. We are a team and we need each other to grow together. Have confidence and be the best you can be.

Gosh, I'm so lucky. Just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who has helped me out! 

Dance-tress Acting Up: IAWTV Awards/NAB

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I know I know, I've been slacking a lot lately with my writing, but it's officially time to get back to business. 

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to head to Vegas for a few days to support two of my boyfriends web series that were competing at the IAWTV awards (International Academy of Web Television). It's like the Emmy's for web series. The festival is less than 10 years old and is growing each year. I also happened to be co director for Episode 1 of "The Gambit" which is stinking cool. Also, nominated was "Grayson Earth One: The Boy and the Bullet".

We didn't win anything, but we all had so much fun. I know this is going to sound incredibly cheesy, but we were all just really excited to be there. And the best part about it was that a good majority of our actors were able to be there with us to celebrate. I mean, come on, its Vegas!

 Top L-R: Coco Dallons, Me, Jack Cullison, Katy Young, Group (Everybody and Hisonni Johnson, Genaro Marzan), Raj Bhavsar + another film maker I don't know his name from Brazil, another group including Jabari Gray, Raj, Jono Cota, Stephen McCain. Hope this wasn't too confusing :)

Top L-R: Coco Dallons, Me, Jack Cullison, Katy Young, Group (Everybody and Hisonni Johnson, Genaro Marzan), Raj Bhavsar + another film maker I don't know his name from Brazil, another group including Jabari Gray, Raj, Jono Cota, Stephen McCain. Hope this wasn't too confusing :)

Yes, award shows can be boring, but I was SO impressed with how well put the show was. They opened the award ceremony with a musical comedy which was actually really entertaining. I admit, I was expecting to see a giant boring flop, but I found myself smiling and laughing the entire time. Actors from various web series were chosen to present awards for each category that was up for an award. This was especially cool because a few cast members from our shows were presenting. And, to top if off, the entire show was streaming live on the web so everyone who wasn't able to attend, could be there with us in spirit. Bonus! So high five to everyone involved in putting the show together.

NAB

Coincidently, the award show happened to be in Vegas at the same time as the NAB conference (National Association of Broadcasters). We didn't attend any panels or workshops, but it was semi-cool to check out the new equipment and gadgets. I'm not really techy kind of person, so one room of gadgets was enough for me. I was ready to go. If you're into new toys, then this is the place for you! Sound equipment, lighting, camera, etc it was all there. 

Just wanted to share with everyone a little what I've been up to. Stay tuned for next weeks blog. Feel free to send me your exciting news as well, I look forward to hearing about it. Ciao 

 Just being silly as usual 

Just being silly as usual