Thursday, October 30, 2008

Be Safe this Halloween!...:)...

Commercial Audition - DSW CAMPAIGN - 10/30/08

Of course I'd get a commercial audition today, after my rant yesterday right?...:)...This commercial is actually something I submitted myself on through LA Casting, and the audition came through my reps. I also had a "real world" interview this morning and it went VERY, VERY well. Although it might mean the hiatus I keep talking about will come true, I'm more than excited about the possibilities of having a steady paycheck again!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Just another HUMP DAY!...

No word on any of the auditions as of yet. Actually, I think the two in New Mexico have been cast already, and unfortunately, I had to skip the UNTITLED Student Film audition. Hopefully I'm still in the running for the other Student Film project and the Voice Over. Only time will tell.

In other news, until I can get new photography (again!) I'm re-adding one of my old pics to the mix to see if some auditions might come my way. Frankly, I'll be honest, I'm beyond baffled as to why I have not had a single TV/Film/Commercial audition in over 3 months here in Los Angeles. I'll just say this, I'm getting older and with that comes impatience. I mean I'm finally to a point in my career where I think I have what it takes to make it, but I'm just not very good at surrounding myself with people who believe in my talent as much as I do. As a result, I end up with a lot of time wasted and opportunities lost, and I just don't know what to do about it. It seems like it's an endless cycle that I can not break free of!

Anyway, yesterday morning, I was down in the dumps again. (What else is new right?!?) Thinking to myself, "AAGH! You know what? Forget all this acting crap! I'm so sick and tired of working myself to the bone, and feeling like every time I take two steps forward, days later I'm taking ten steps back! I'm spending money I don't have. Submitting myself left and right on one liners, student films, and even extra work, and nothing is happening! I give up!" But then, (and here comes the silver lining) I really have to thank God because whenever I'm feeling like that, he does something to show me it's not time to give up just yet. So, last night (10/28) when I attended a SAG Foundation Workshop with Ms. Rosemary Welden, it turned out to be the best workshop "performance" I've had to date, and I walked out of there feeling really good again.

I just have to constantly remind myself that there will be days when I'm down in the dumps and feeling low, but deep down inside I have to hold strong and believe that something great is just around the corner, and that there is a reason why I'm supposed to keep doing this. I just hope, wish, and pray that it will get here SOON! VERY SOON!...:)...Cuz a sista is worn out!

Anywho, before I go, I gotta do a quick plug for my friend Joe Peracchio. He's currently starring in the show EASY MONEY (which airs on the CW) alongside Laurie Metcalf. You can check it out on Sunday nights at 9pm. And yes, in case your wondering, it shoots in New Mexico, or "Little Hollywood" as I like to call it. Speaking of "Little Hollywood" you would not believe how many Los Angeles actors have been picking my brain about New Mexico lately. So, if you're soon to be one of them, you can find more info about the New Mexico industry here!...:)...In all honesty, as an actor, New Mexico is not a bad place to be right now, and if my husband wasn't so dead set on staying here in Los Angeles, I can honestly say that I would have gone back there years ago! Hey, who's to say what the future holds!...;)...

Have a great Hump Day!

- Shenita.

Monday, October 27, 2008

WASSUP 2008...

I'm loving it!...:)...

- Shenita.

My deepest condolences...

...are extended to the entire Hudson family. You're most certainly in everyone's hearts, thoughts, and prayers.

- S.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Wait...WHAT was I thinking over?!?...

TV Audition – CRASH – 10/15/08
TV Audition – IN PLAIN SIGHT – 10/16/08
Student Film – MEG’S RINGS – 10/18/08
VO Audition - STEIN MART - 10/20/08
Student Film - UNTITLED - 10/21/08

This was to be my "think it over" week. I’d had several discussions with industry friends over the last few days, and I was really considering taking this hiatus thing on for size. So now, I’m thinking that somewhere along the way, I must have kicked up some positive energy dust. Of course that would happen right?!?...:)...No complaints here! For the TV Auditions I have to put myself on tape for them, because they're both shot in New Mexico, and as you can see by the student films, I've recently starting submitting myself again, and doing a few drop offs.

Speaking of putting myself on tape. On Tuesday (10/14) night I attended a SAG Foundation Workshop with Ms. Bonnie Gillespie, and it turned out to be perfect timing! One of the things she discussed in depth was the idea of putting yourself on tape for an audition, how it's becoming more and more popular in Hollywood, and some specifics on how to go about doing it. Bonnie is a really cool lady. She's actually been my "cyber buddy" for sometime now. It's always nice to see people who are so willing to share what they know with the rest of us! Quick plug: If you don't already know, Bonnie is also a published author who has written several books about our industry! You can check them out here.

So today, not only am I working on the IN PLAIN SIGHT audition, but I'm also off to pencil in some more "think it over" weeks in my schedule. Please wish me many broken legs!

P.S. Don't think I'm too far back out there. I'm still looking for a day job, and that's an exhausting task all in itself!

See ya...


Sunday, October 05, 2008

As if I wasn't already broke enough...:)...

...with this economy and all, I found out recently that I will become an aunt again next year, not one, but two more times! These babies will make numbers 18 and 19. I know, I know, my family is really busy right?!?...:)...All jokes aside, I absolutely love babies/kids, so I'm looking forward to meeting my new little buddies.

Speaking of little buddies, both of mine had auditions this past Friday (10/3) afternoon:

Game Show Promo Audition - WHAT'S MY LINE - 10/3/08 (Taya-Morgan)
Print Audition - MIRENA - 10/3/08 (Kenyah)

It took me roughly 6 hours to cart Taya-Morgan out to Burbank (where she wouldn't speak a mumbling word once in the audition room) and then fight traffic to Santa Monica to Kenyah's audition (where she hammed it up as per usual). It's funny how different the two of them are! Needless to say my friends screening, that I was scheduled to attend that night DID NOT happen. I was way too exhausted!

Yesterday (10/4), I cut my conventional learning short, and drove to Hollywood to attend a CD Workshop with Phaedra Harris. Remember back in August when I went to that SAG Screening to support a friend? Well, she came and sat next to me during the Q&A, and I ended up giving her one of my cards. So, when I saw her name come through the CD Workshop circuit, I signed up for the class. It was really, really informative, and she gave my partner and I some great pointers during our scene. After class, she mentioned that she had intended to call me in to read for her after I'd given her my card, but the part ended up going to someone else before she could do so. Goes to show that you really have to take advantage of every opportunity when you're in the right place at the right time! Hopefully I'll get to read for her soon!...:)...

Lastly, and certainly not least, I ventured out into Hollywood nightlife last Wednesday (10/1), to attend the Wrap Party for a webseries that I'm a new fan of. It's called LIFE, LOVE, AND HOLLYWOOD. I really think it's a great concept, that has been wonderfully executed. Not only can I relate to a huge chunk of their story lines, but I really love to see people put a vision in motion. It's very inspiring for me. I met some new friends that night, and also ran into a fellow blogger friend who I'd never met in person! (It was very nice to "meet" you in real life Angel Oquendo, and congrats again on your most recent booking!) Be sure to check out the First Season of LLH when you have a chance, and let them know what you think. Hey, maybe they'll ask me to join them for an episode or two next season, you never know!...:)...


Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Print Audition - SEVENTH GENERATION DIAPERS - 10/1/08 (Kenyah)

As per usual, Kenyah rocked it!...:)...

P.S. I want to extend a quick thank you to all of my new supports/readers, especially to those of you who have sent me emails, etc. I really appreciate it!