I am going to the Phoenix Comic Con this weekend. It officially runs
May 26-29. I wanted to invite you to check out the commercials for the event on the website. I didn’t get cast in them but you should still check them out. And get a con pass if you’re in the neighborhood. It’s only $35 if you purchase one online now.
Here is the site. http://phoenixcomicon.com/page/1
Well, the agency I thought I was with, The Young Agency, isn’t exactly representing me. Instead of an actual agent I got casting notices, many of which I can find on the current sites I check, from a booking manager. Agencies do not have booking managers. And you have to pay for them to have you on Breakdown Express, which is an agent/manager-only site to submit you to casting directors. This sounded wrong to me so I asked my colleagues on Hollywood Happy Hour about that and not having a contract and the whole booking manager instead of agent nonsense. Gary Marsh, Head of Breakdown Services, e-mailed me immediately and said that companies can’t charge talent for this and will have their account on Breakdown Express terminated if they are found to be doing this. After finding this out and hearing people’s various opinions, I decided that I was moving on. I called and asked for them to give me back the headshots I dropped off. In their typical fashion, I won’t be getting anywhere with that anytime soon as the only point person I had is sporadically available. I can’t believe I wasted all that time on a place that ultimately doesn’t represent anyone.
In the good news section, I am under consideration for a paying movie called Breakthrough. I am in the middle of auditions for the Equity theatres in town as well and it’s gone well. I really feel that I am not wasting my time as I did at the Equity Principal Calls or certain other professional theatre auditions. My audition for the Phoenix Theatre the weekend before last was just awesome. I was still feeling ill but I managed to sing If I Loved You better than I have before in an audition. I auditioned for the Arizona Theatre Company on Tuesday of last week and that was great too. I got to audition on the stage at the Herberger Theatre. I felt very comfortable and everyone was so nice and welcoming. I also auditioned for a staged reading there two weeks ago. I will audition for the Arizona Jewish Theatre, Actors Theatre, and Childsplay Theatre all at once on June 12.
I want to make some major professional strides and earn enough money for once. I’ve started working as an Instructional Aide Substitute in Special Education classrooms. My current assignment ends after this week. I’ll call my temp agencies next Tuesday as Monday is Memorial Day and there might be some assignments through the school district during the summer break.
I took too long to post something. I just found out about the deaths of a colleague and a family friend. James Peppers, who directed me in The Music Man with The New Blue Parrot Productions back in 2005, died last Thursday. He had had several health problems but he wasn’t very old. James was a beloved fixture of the Portland area theatre scene and a really talented guy. He was a really good person and I am deeply sad that he died. I can’t stand losing people I know.
I am in the midst of auditions for the major companies in Phoenix. I auditioned for the Southwest Shakespeare Company and it went great. The artistic director and I had met the Saturday before last when I was volunteering for the Souvenir Sales for one of their performances of Anthony and Cleopatra. I saw the first half of the show and then left after my volunteer duties were finished because I had become ill. (I still have that darn cold.) Anyway, we had a nice conversation about people we know at ACT and Drama Studio London. He was great to audition for. I auditioned for a staged reading series yesterday at the Herberger Theatre Center. It went well but I had to pay $3 for parking. I’ll be auditioning there again since the Arizona Jewish Theatre, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, and Childsplay Theatre are holding auditions together. So I’ll audition for three theatres at once. I audition for the Phoenix Theatre this Sunday and for the Arizona Theatre Company on Tuesday, May 17.
I’ve been on assignment as an Instructional Aide Substitute for Special Education for the last two weeks and my current assignment goes until May 27. I am sworn to secrecy on details about the work but the best part is getting off before 4pm and 2pm on Fridays. But enough about that.
I have a full pass to the Phoenix Comic Con so I hope to get to enjoy that. And I’m still sick so I badly want to get better because I’m suffering a lot.
I saw the Thor movie. It was so awesome and so were the effects. Thor is played by Chris Hemsworth, who is so hot he actually looks like a god. My cousin was an extra in the movie. I remember they had a breakdown for extras and you had to be SAG; otherwise, I would have signed up. I never thought much of Thor the character from the comics being a staunch X-Men fan. I got to hang out at Gotham Comics in Mesa near the Southwest Shakespeare Company after my audition and I met a role-playing group that would be happy to have me. It sounds interesting but I want to check it out thoroughly first. I got a CD of music from the Final Fantasy VII game Advent Children.