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Another Great Workshop!

11 May

Yesterday my confidence increased even more!  I did a scene for one of the biggest casting directors in town.  Her casting office is working on four major shows on ABC.  This girl is huge in the industry and she LOVED my scene!  She told me to send her my new headshots when I get them done.

The best thing she told me was that I had great castability overall in general.  That is the BEST compliment a casting director could ever give to an actor.  That means more options for roles.  It’s the little things like that that keeps us motivated. 🙂

Tonight I’m heading to an actor event in Hollywood with a red carpet and fashion show that my actor friend invited me to.  He will be the MC and I think it will be pretty cool.  Next up, are new headshots!!

Mother’s Day is Sunday, so I’m sure Mom and I will have a blast.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! xo

It’s Been Awhile!

4 May

Wow, I haven’t written in forever!  April was a pretty tough month for me.  My grandfather passed away and I went to Texas for the funeral and visited family in New Mexico as well.  It was good to get out of LA for awhile and the drive was actually really nice!

I did squeeze in three casting workshops in April, all of which went great.  It feels good when a casting director loves your work.  It gets you excited about developing relationships and hopefully working with them in the future!

I’m sooo behind in my correspondence because of my last minute trip, so this weekend I’ll be mailing out postcards.  At the beginning of April, I also severed ties with my agent so I’ll be agent hunting as well as getting new headshot pics! 🙂

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo!  Enjoy margaritas and be safe! xo

Headshot Photographer Search Part 2

28 Mar

So here’s an update on my March 21st post.  You’ll find it very interesting.  So, either L.A. photographers are so overwhelmed by all their actor clients and they don’t need any new ones or I’ve just visited the Twilight Zone.

My other choice was a husband and wife duo known for making fabulous shots.  Supposedly, if you go to them and spend a $1000 you will get more auditions than you ever have your entire life.  A thousand bucks?! Yep, you heard me right.  Their website has amazing shots but I didn’t feel comfortable throwing that much dough.  Granted, I am willing to pay for high quality shots but geez, I’m a struggling actor here.  They are so sure of themselves and their work, that they state on their website that they do not meet actors beforehand because they get it right the first time.  Not so, said a few Yelp reviewers I read. I also found out the couple are now divorced and supposedly their shots aren’t as good as they used to be because they turned their business into a money machine.  Who knows, but after hearing all this plus researching other photographers, I figured I’d be OK without having to pay that amount of money.

Next, is a guy who has won awards through Backstage Reader’s Choice polls.  I liked him because like my second choice I discussed on my last post, he has actors in various looks on his website which showed their versatility.  Anyway, I emailed him and he said he was booked until May.  No worries, I said.  I’m still looking around.  Two or three days later, I finally heard back from his assistant who said I could come in the following Wednesday to meet with him in person.  I immediately emailed her back and gave her a time.  Do you know that was about two weeks ago and I never heard back?!  Crazy…

Lastly, is another photographer who refused to meet me in person.  He told me not to worry, that he wasn’t a pervert.  Um, why would you even say that?  That thought NEVER even crossed my mind!  I’m a smart actor who wants to meet first with a total stranger I’m paying hundreds of dollars to create headshots that will help get me in the door!  I need to meet you first to get a feel for who you are and if we can work well together.  DUH!  Anyway, he only offered to talk through Skype or over the phone.  Bad sign, says I.  Anyway, I decided to talk to him over the phone just to see what he’d have to say for himself.  When I called him last week, it went straight to voicemail so I left a message.  Final result: never heard back from him.

My advice to fellow actors getting new headshots: the shoot is about YOU NOT THE PHOTOGRAPHER.  If they are not willing to meet you beforehand or bother to call back, RUN!  If they can’t even do that for you, what are they going to do during the shoot? Don’t push yourself on them.  You deserve better because it’s your money and your career on the line. 

American Film Institute and Headshots!

15 Mar

So today I worked as a volunteer at the SAG Conservatory office at the American Film Institute.  I go once a week to help out with casting and phone calls.  I love the Program Coordinator Dawn.  She’s super cool  and she gives tons of info about what the school offers.

Directors of student and thesis films are in and out handing in their audition and cast lists so we can contact actors for their projects.  It’s a great place to meet people in the business and learn more about what they do.  I really want to work in a casting office to learn the ropes as well, so this is a great addition to my resume.  I love the production aspects of a film so this is exciting for me to be apart of.

Tomorrow I begin my new headshot photographer hunt.  Yes, it’s already time for new headshots.  My last two experiences were not too great and the pics aren’t getting me anywhere.  I’ve done extensive research on several photographers and have narrowed them down to five so I begin meeting with them tomorrow to get a feel for who they are.  Getting headshots can be so stressful for actors.  They are our tool that gets us in the door.  I have faith that this time will work out because I’m putting a lot of effort into my search as well as how to sell my type.  St. Paddy’s Day is Saturday, so wish me luck! 😉