110 in the Shade

Hi all,

Well, it has really gotten hot here.  It was 110 yesterday and being a Pacific Northwest girl I’m not accustomed to such heat.  It doesn’t matter that it was 115 one day last September in LA because the summer temperature is not consistently in the hundreds over there.

I had an audition today for an instructional video series for people learning English.  The audition was with a teleprompter, which I have never worked with.  It was a really great experience.  The videos involve business people discussing real estate options.  I am going home in July, which might possibly conflict with the shooting dates for which they would need me.  I hope that I can still be part of the project if cast because it pays well.  And everyone from the production company was very nice and professional.

My audition for the three theatres went well and I hope to hear from one of the theatres I auditioned for soon.

I had an unfortunate encounter with an individual who is clearly not nice nor professionally well-behaved a few days back.  I submitted to an audition posting for the lead actress in a short film on one of the sites I check.  It sounded like a good idea but only offered $50 per day, which is pretty pathetic as pay goes.  I submitted and got a response back with the full script, the director/lead actor’s resume, and a still shot of him and a friend in a short film.  This alone is quite weird.  Then he said that since he was out of state, the actresses would need to make an audition video and post it on YouTube.  This is similar language to scam postings by sexual predators so that was an immediate red flag.  I don’t know if that was the intention or not but I have to be careful.  He was playing the husband and it sounded like his friend was playing the same role from the e-mail.  This role would have required me to be in bed with him and the friend and is not the type I would play in a legitimate film.  I had to refuse to audition for this production so I e-mailed him back saying that I had decided not to audition and that this character was not my type and that I will not do a video audition on YouTube.  That horrid young man e-mailed me back with an extremely rude, fractured, grammatically-incorrect response.  He said, “well good for you your loss…was going to use red…GOOD DAY TO YOU! Talent! aCTRESS YOU ARE NOT!”  This behavior is completely out of line and he should have expected that a smart actress would say no.

So, ladies out there, keep yourselves safe and use your best instincts.  If a posting makes you feel uncomfortable, then don’t submit to it.  Do not agree to doing nudity at an audition, go to auditions at private residences, or post audition videos on YouTube or anywhere without the instructing of an actual casting director.  And don’t let anyone convince you that you must work for free or stay non-union.

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