Monday, July 25, 2005

Could it be any hotter?

It's Monday, again!...Wow, the dog days of summer are soaring by to me, and boy is it hot here in L.A.! I couldn't drink enough water, or take enough catnaps this past weekend.

So, last Thursday afternoon, I attended SAG's Liferaft Seminar: Commercial 101 with SAG's Commercials Dept at the SAG building. Once I got there, I was a little frustrated that it was ONLY going to be about commercial contracts and such, (I guess I should have read the description a little closer), but after sitting there for a few minutes, I decided the seminar was definitely worth my while. Even after doing commercials in the past, I didn't know a lot of the things they discussed, and some of what I DID KNOW had changed slightly since the last time I booked a commercial.

I also started Yoga again over the weekend, as part of my new workout routine. I've been doing Yoga on and off for the last 7 years, so it's always fun to jump into a class whenever I have the time. I've only been working out hardcore for a couple of weeks now, but I've already noticed a significant difference. I'm happy!...

Gotta get ready for those new headshots...:)...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

The Drought has Ended!....

VO Audition - 7/20/05 - CHEVY COBALT

So I finally got my copy of STRONG MEDICINE yesterday, and I think I did a fairly good job! It's a rare feeling, but I think I might actually be proud of myself...:)...(My hair did look awful though, so I agree with my sisters about that.)

I talked to Kristene (my theatrical agent) this past Monday, and she's going to put a call in to the STRONG MEDICINE people to find out if they intend to bring me back this season. When I booked it a couple of months ago, I was told it was a "co-star w/a possibility of reoccurring," and I heard through a friend (see post below) that they'd been "talking about me," so hopefully I'll get the call soon! I'm wondering if I should send them a gift basket or something? As a little incentive...

I also got wind yesterday that GREY’S ANATOMY has started production of their new season, so again, hopefully, they'll remember me too, and bring me back. One of the episodes that I recorded earlier this year hasn't aired yet (and it won't until Season 2) so since my face has already crossed over into the new season...ya never know...Pray with me!

Another thing I did on Monday, was that I met with the photographer who will be taking my new slew of headshots. His name is Daniel Chapman, and I think that he takes some of the most beautiful color headshots I've ever seen! Just gorgeous. He has worked with some real heavy hitters in the entertainment industry, and did a fabulous job for them, so I'm hoping that he'll do the same with me. He shoots with a digital camera, which is an added bonus, because we can check out the photos as we go along. I am scheduled to shoot with him on August 6th.

So, now that I have my STRONG MEDICINE tape, I have all of the clips I need to start work on my new demo reel. After my new headshots, my demo and vo reels will be the next things that I'll conquer.

Wow, I'm quickly realizing that the longer I stay in this industry, the more and more expensive it is getting! With the technology that we have today, actor's have to pay a pretty penny to stay ahead of the game! I'm still confused as to how I manage to stay caught up. I am so broke!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Food for Thought

I love to read Marilyn's column every week, because it helps me to think "outside the box," and I learn some really cool facts along the way. But when I read this question, it made me think even harder. It got me to thinking about all of my dreams and ambitions, and whether or not striving to be a successful actor one day was a selfish and shallow goal. Would my work really become a valuable contribution to society, or would my high esteem only come from the work I do on screen, and the money I have in the bank?

I am glad that Marilyn emphasized that it is actually the WORK of others that is valued more than an actors (which is true) rather than their actual overall contribution to society. Actors have the ability to reach millions and millions of people, so they can, and do, have just as much impact on society. Whether good or bad. So, the question is...what are they doing with their celebrity?

After thinking about this for a while, I have decided that I intend to be the exception to this readers question. I certainly plan to use my celebrity as a means to help others. I was watching the BET 2005 Awards the other day (yes, I finally got cable!) and Mr. & Mrs. Denzel Washington were given a Humanitarian Award for all that they do for the community. I plan to do just the same. I want to be remembered as someone who used my God given talent to do what I love to do, AND to make a difference.

Monday, July 11, 2005

It's all Good!

Still no auditions on the horizon, but I'm feeling good! I'm back in the gym, and I'm gearing up for the Fall 2005 Season.

As for my hair, I got it braided on Saturday, and I'm really loving it! I'm so flattered. I can't count how many compliments I've gotten in the last 2 days. It was tough though, the braids took 13.5 hours of non stop braiding to do, but so far, they seem well worth it. I can't wait to take my new headshots!

Last week I got word that the short film I did BROOKLYN'S BRIDGE TO JORDAN, will be screening at the DGA and at USC later this year. In addition, two of my most recent tv appearances will be re-airing this summer. So if you missed them the first time, please show your support and tune in! (You can find more information on the home page of my website.)

P.S. My new bio's up! I love it, it's short, sweet, and to the point. Send me an e-mail, and let me know what you think.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Is it okay to wallow in Self Pity?

I am looking forward to the long weekend, but can I please say that I am officially bummed. (Just to get it off my chest.) I have cleared week three with no auditions. Not one. All I know is, for my next audition, I am going to kick some major butt. I will be the perfect one for the role!

It's funny, when I go for a long time without an audition, I'm kind of like a JACK-IN-THE-BOX. I get really giddy, and I start wringing my hands together (a habit I inherited from my mom), and I sweat with anticipation. I start thinking: "What can I possibly do to get an audition, any audition. Soon!" Do you think the adrenaline rush of an audition is kind of like a drug for me? Weird. I hadn't thought about that before, but it's probably true.

Anyway, as a result, for the last few weeks I've been to many, many actors sites and online groups, to see what I can submit myself on, or at the very least, get a glimpse of what I'M NOT being called in for. I also look around the www to see what my peers are up to. Maybe one day I'll update my links page on my web site to include all of the places I frequent. (Which, by the way, includes other actors blogs that I use as motivation.)

What I did manage to accomplish this week is the re-write of my BIO, with the help of my sister-in-law (and soon to be manager...:)...) Genny, and a close friend of mine (and soon to be publicist...:)...) Cody. I hope to post it on my web site, and IMDB very soon. I am also going to use it in a book about actors I was approached about being a part of. (I will provide more information about that later.) Look out for my new bio, and let me know what you think.

FYI...I'm still working on picking up my copy of the STRONG MEDICINE tape so that I can critique it. Last time I went there to pick up a tape, it took me 3 hours round trip, so I've kind of been putting it off. I think I'll have them mail it to me this time.

Well, until next time.

Have a Happy Fourth, be safe!