Sunday, May 31, 2009

Organize your thoughts

And your bedroom. Looking for some sort of focus, I found an hour long organizational conversation about how to keep organization in my buisness. And the reason for it isn't to feel bad when you fall out of the schedule, but to have something to come back to when you get out of sorts. That is pretty darn crucial when I thought about it, and a great way to look at things. I tend to kick myself in the butt when I get a little off track. People tell me that I work a lot and I tend to feel that sometimes I am just restarting. But then again what the hell is wrong with that. It's not necessarily a restart as much as it is getting going again. Luckily this week I was able to tighten up some of my organizational stuff, and have set in a new system. Also I got truly frustrated this week, when all I could look at was how much I hadn't done. But someone once told me, that instead of getting angry or depressed when you are frustrated, get excited. Because that really means that you are about to go through a break through. Yup, so I have been getting excited. Today is my chance to put a lil something on tape. And this week is the week I have a meeting with the agent, facilitate a mgr and start my new marketing stuff.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Am I Pregnant?

So this whole past week I have been extremely sick in the mornings. And when I tell people they all ask if I am pregnant. Which was funny the first time I heard it, but after everyone I know replied the same way it got. . . how can you say . . . old?
My favorite comparison of the acting world it to that of a kayaker in the ocean. Some times it is smooth and you can really fly. Other times it is harder than hell and it feels like every move you make is gonna make you fall. Up and down, Up and down. But the more experienced the kayaker, the more likely he is to understand that every little move isn't gonna make you fall. And there are certain days where you should just take the boat out of the water and wait for the storm to pass. We have those as actors as well. When you first hit those weeks of despair it feels like your career is over and you don't know what the hell you are gonna do with your life. Then once you've experienced it for a while, you can recognize it as a storm, take your boat out of the water, and wait it out. You will paddle again. It was interesting to hear my CD friend Sherry Thomas talk about having something else besides this business, (for her it is sportscenter) because it will seem like a round the clock job if you don't. Soooo True. For many of us out there who are servers, waiters, or table managers (my personal favorite), people who sling food to pay the bills while trying to land the next job, It can become daunting. We work as much as possible to pay for the class, the showcase, the pictures, and then if we are proactive, on our days off we hurry around to try and procure work. End of week, wash, rinse and repeat. It's as close to crazy as you can possibly find. But we love it, and where else can you find a job that with one booking could pay for all of your bills for the whole year? No where. Well, that's my little rant on that.
This week I finally got to meet the lovely Leslie Woo from Jeannie McCarthy Casting, and facilitated a Q & A at The Actors Network with Sherry Thomas. And thought to myself when I saw Star Trek, the small parts with one lines, where knowing that person is gonna make a butt load of cash off of it, I can do that.

Friday, May 8, 2009

And the beat goes on. . .

This has been a week, actually quite a month. I have been really trying to narrow the focus on things to keep my head in check. Callback this week for Burger King with Lisa Fields, who I believe is casting the new Nightmare on Elm street. She did the casting as well for the last Friday the 13th. Interesting as she is starting to move over to the feature land. Quite nice for me, considering she had kept me busy during the slower times in the season. 10 Commercial auditions for the month of April, and 6 callbacks with 3 avails. Pictures must be doing something. Need to give props out to Buckley Sampson, and John Arrington. Buckley was my image consultant, and John did the shots. Amazing people both of them. Continued my mixed martial arts workouts with Ryan Churchill, and they are kickin my butt. Was told by one of the trainers at the gym to day that it was the hardest workout she had ever seen. Had a funny idea for Ross Lacy postcard today. Considering Ryan over the last 4 months has gone in so many times for him that it is silly, but he hasn't booked. And now that I have been in a couple of times, was going to make a postcard with his face on it saying, sick and tired of Churchill not getting it done for you. . .? Bring on the Kurt. We both had a kick out of that.