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Dance-tress Acting Up: IAWTV Awards/NAB

Hayyy, I'm back! In case I have another lazy few weeks, feel free to stay up to date with all of my fun exciting shenanigans on the tweeter and InstaG

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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.

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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 


Dance-tress Acting Up: Twitter

Am I bugging you with all of these extra pictures and posts lately on social media? I sincerely apologize. It's very annoying, I agree, but it's something I, unfortunately, have to do. Now, I know what you're thinking, you don't "have" to do anything, but I do, here's why. Social media is a huge marketing tool, we all know this, but now casting breakdowns are starting to ask you how many followers you have and how many views and subscribers you have on your channels.

Yup, its true. As if it is not already hard enough to break into the industry, now I have to have "X" amount of followers on top of it? I wish this wasn't true, but that would be a lie. In fact, I was having this conversation the other day with an actress friend of mine, and she was telling me that she had just lost a role to someone who had more YouTube followers than her. To make matters worse, this person had NO prior acting experience. They had not spent countless hours studying the art, ridiculous amounts of money taking classes, updating reels and head shots,  they just had more YouTube followers? Are you kidding me? Not only is this offensive and frustrating, but this is simply lazy casting and filmmaking.

The reason for casting these people is simple, they come with a built in audience. If you cast them, chances of them posting the project on their page is very likely, there fore, chances of your project getting a buzz is much greater than casting just a "regular" actress. Ok, in a sense, I understand the reasoning, but come on! It's hard enough to get an audition, now this additional factor is just ridiculous. If said person is an actor who just happens to have a ton of viewers, than great, I'm a little more ok with this new concept. But someone with no previous desire to act, is just plain annoying. 

So, whats a girl to do? Play the game of course, three times a day, 3pm, 6 pm and 9pm. I met a lovely gal a few weeks ago who has over 200k and she gave me the scoop. If you post on Instagram it will link directly to your Facebook and twitter. It's that "easy". It's actually a little obnoxious (in my opinion) to post that much, but its working. I've been getting several new followers a week. More followers= more views on my video = bigger audience and my own build in fan base :) Psh, by that time, who knows, I may not even need these other castings because I will have my own paying projects to work on. 

Along with the pay to play casting directors workshops, I don't think these specific casting requirements will be going away anytime soon. Our industry is always evolving and this is just another step one must try and conquer. Good luck to all, and #followme I'll follow you back.

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