I didn’t mean to take so long. I’ve had moments of relief and moments of deep sadness. I didn’t know what I was going to do in my bleak situation. Well, I’ve had a number of day job interviews but I haven’t gotten the job yet. The jobs I interviewed for required proper attendance so that would have been a challenge if I was doing an acting job during the day. But money would be nice.
I just got my first paid film gig for a documentary/short film called The Rite. It’s about exorcism. I was supposed to film yesterday but the date for filming my part was put on a different day, which is perfectly normal. I look forward to putting it on my resume. I haven’t found out my part yet.
I auditioned for Hello Dolly at the Hale Center Theatre, a student film, and will be auditioning for a new musical about Judy Garland starring Paige O’Hara, the Broadway actress. That last one is an Equity Production. I haven’t heard yet from PCPA. I want to audition for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival when they audition in LA in January, but I don’t know if I’ll make it over there.
I had a really odd experience a few weeks back when I looked into the premium profile package at a casting company. (I wasn’t aware such a thing existed.) I won’t say the name lest someone get offended. They have a lot of casting calls from real productions and anyone can register as an extra. But if you want to audition for a speaking role you must get an online profile. They say that it’s a nominal fee on the website but they don’t give details beyond a phone number. I called and they had me schedule an interview to find out all about what they offer. As it turns out, the lady I interviewed with told me that it was $200, but that the highly-recommended profile was $325 (if I recall right). That is not nominal! What was even weirder is that she was flabbergasted that little non-union me had a professional headshot. She proceeded to tell me a bunch of junk that is clearly off-base like agents requiring you go to certain photographers who charge $1500 and that you already have to be SAG to get one. She said agents call them and that they don’t accept any of their clients who isn’t union. I don’t know why they call them when there are casting directors here. I was strongly advised if I did get a profile with them to go with their photographer because photographers in Arizona don’t do digital. Ridiculous. My answer was no deal whatsoever.
Next I’ll do a Christmas post.