Thursday, June 29, 2006

Where does the time go?

I can not believe it's been a year since I started writing this blog! Boy, how time flies. A LOT, and I mean A LOT, has happened since my very first entry. LIFE has happened. This morning we got an early phone call that my husband's aunt had died. (Death always makes you put things in perspective.) She'd been sick for years, but the loss is still devastating. I cried deeply when my husband woke me up with the news, not because she's gone, because I'm happy that she's not in pain anymore. I cried deeply because (if you remember) I talked several weeks ago about going to visit the sick and shut in, and I never got a chance to do it. She was one of the people I wanted to go see. I never got to say goodbye to her. I feel bad about that. I just pray that she knows that we cared for her, and that we will miss her very much.

Switching gears, and on a lighter note:

Last weekend, I got some information about a Series Regular role that I really want to be seen for. I sent my L.A. agent a couple of e-mails asking her to pitch me for it. I also did a drop off for it earlier this week, so we'll see. It's not looking likely that I'll read for it since its Thursday now, but at least I did my part.

On Tuesday, I followed up the commercial packets I sent out last week, only to be told the usual: "We'll call you if we're interested," or "We're not looking for any new talent right now." If only they knew who they had on the other end of the phone...:)...oh well, their loss(es)!

In preparation for my trip, I've compiled a list of current projects in NM. There are not very many compared to what's on the horizon here, but there's enough to keep me busy if I have the opportunity to get seen for everything while I'm there. I sent my agent in NM an e-mail letting her know that I intend to be there 7/10 thru 7/31. (That is if a booking doesn't materialize here.) What are the odds though? All I hear are crickets as of late.

To end with some good news:

I scored with the second manager I e-mailed last week. They had me call in to set up an appointment. I go in to audition for them tomorrow (6/30). I'm feverishly dusting the cobwebs off my monologues, it's been a while, a long while since I've done them. Wish me luck. (I told ya'll I was going to shake some things up this summer.)

I was flipping through the most recent TV Guide today and came across a little blurb about GREY'S ANATOMY that really excited me. In anticipation of the show moving to Thursday nights this fall, ABC will air back to back episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 on Thursday's AND Sunday's. That means 4 episodes a week, which means a high probability that the two episodes I'm in will air a couple of times this summer. It also looks like they will air an occasional episode on Saturday's as well. Woo-who! Can you say RESIDUALS?...I like the sound of that.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Research, Research, Research...

Okay, it's on. My goal is to research ALL of the projects that will make there way through NM next month. This is where my IMDB PRO subscription should come in handy. My husband and I have decided that it would make sense for me to spend AS MUCH of July in NM as I can, so that I can focus on the fall season here in L.A. when I return in August. Right now, the plan is to leave just after the 4th of July, and remain there until the end of the month. That's two weeks from now! If this materializes as planned, I have A LOT to do before then. My girls would come with me, which means lots and lots of preparation on their behalf as well. One of my sister's will meet me there with her kids, so that she can help me out should I need it. (Hopefully I will!) To the kids, it will be a summer vacation of sorts.

Speaking of my girls. Here they are. Aren't they beautiful?...:)...I'm only posting these photos of them because some folks have inquired about my newborn, and what she looks like. (The photo of her was taken just hours after she was born. The photo of my soon to be 4 year old was taken about a month ago.) I should admit that yes, I'm the typical over protective parent, so this will probably be one of very few photos of them that I ever post online.

It's been a week since I told my agents I was ready to go back out, and surprise, surprise, nothing yet! So today I sent out 4 packets to Commercial Agents. I'm hoping to pick up a new one before I leave next month. The theory is that I can hit the ground running (at least commercially) when I return in August. I also e-mailed two local Managers, one of which already replied, saying I conflicted with two girls she currently reps. Oh well, onward and upward.


Thursday, June 15, 2006

We're home! Thanks for all the WELL WISHES!

Last Thursday night (6/8) I arrived home with my new little mama. Whew, what an event! Let’s just say, I’m in love! Again! She is so beautiful and perfect. Cedars Sinai has always been good to us, so everything worked out. We managed to squeeze our birth in between the Gwen Stefani baby, the Mira Sorvino baby, & the Jack Black baby, so there wasn’t any drama while we were there. So now my family and I are home, and trying to settle into our new routine as a foursome. Dirty diapers, spit up, and sleepless nights are definitely going to take some getting used to again.

While in the hospital, my NM agent called to ask if I’d fly out to audition for a role in an upcoming Orlando Bloom flick, a period piece that will be set in Oklahoma. Of course this peaked my interest, but I had to explain to her that I’d just given birth 5 days prior. (For some reason, she thought I’d given birth a while ago.) At any rate, we couldn’t work anything out (as far as me sending tape, or me coming out a little later this month) so I had to pass on it. It’s all good though, I’m sure more will come, since she says I was requested...:)...Lord willing, I’ll be out there next month, and I’ll get seen for a slew of things.

Just after arriving home last week, during a late night feeding, I caught my first glimpse of the Starbucks commercial I’d auditioned for several weeks ago. Remember the VO where I had to sing? Needless to say, I didn’t get booked on it, but after watching it, it seems like NO ONE booked it. I think they went with their original idea of having REAL singers sing the jingle instead of amateurs. Bummer, woulda been a nice pay day.

I’ve mentioned it before, and will mention again, that I’m compiling a list of AGENTS/MANAGERS to submit myself to. I’d like to do a mailing by the end of this month. I’m still working out how I’m going to make some serious changes, and shake things up this summer, and a new rep just might be the ticket.

Since my last encounter with THE MANAGER I’d been “wooing” for some time, I decided to focus my efforts in another direction. Unfortunately, some things have come to light, and I don’t think our working relationship would be one that I am interested in. I’m sooo leery of managers, as I’ve had several in the past who completely took advantage of me. Hopefully my next one, IF there is a next one, will be one that I can build a long lasting partnership with.

I’m cutting my Maternity Leave (from acting) a little short. I want to dive back into auditioning as soon as I can, so I will be sending my agents an e-mail tonight letting them know that I’d like for them to start submitting me again ASAP. Who knows, I probably won’t get seen right away, especially since things are so slow right now, but at least my face will be out there again. I’m due to go back to my day job on Wednesday (8/16), and I just feel like I have a lot to do before then.

Mini Updates:
  • The Variety ad will hit stands on Friday (7/21).
  • The book: "Who's Who Of Stage And Screen" Volume 2 is on its way to the publishers.
  • Still no word on the BRINGING HOME BABY air date.

That's all for now.


Friday, June 02, 2006

Tomorrow is the Big Day!

We report to the hospital at noon, and the procedure will be done at 2:00pm. Please pray with me that everything goes well.

I’m scared.

I’ve done this before, and was hoping NOT to have to do it again, I wanted a VBAC, but it just wasn’t in the cards. (Sorry if that’s TMI – Too Much Information.) At any rate, I’m hoping that my baby will be born healthy, and that we’ll both be home within a few days.

On the acting front, I sent the packet out to Robin Nassif, and followed up with my agent. Let’s just say my agent’s reply was not one that I wanted to hear. Hmmmm, it looks like I have a lot of thinking to do this summer, yet again.

S-Mo. (Mother of two.)