I’m squeezing another blog post in before March begins. March 10 is my birthday and it’s also my grandpa’s birthday. My parents and grandpa are coming down for a week for my birthday. My grandma died two weeks ago and I just feel awful without her. She was the best grandma ever. I couldn’t attend the funeral because of my nutty schedule so I sent my Mom a paragraph to put in the eulogy. I’m beginning this post on a personal note, but I couldn’t help it.
I had a great time onset for the short film now called “College Network.” I’m not sure when it will be posted, but you’re sure to love it. In other news, I will now officially have a new agency. I am signing with Dani’s Agency, a real SAG-franchised and highly respected company. I am certain that this partnership will work well. So there will be no more giving out my personal contact info online or via e-mail for auditions. I have also sworn off the community theatre and student films for the most part. I refuse to be considered or treated as an amateur ever again. I wonder how many years I must go on until the industry at large considers me a professional contender. I watched the Oscars and I was thinking about how cool it would be to actually be there. I wonder what I would wear. With my luck, I’d probably lose a sequin, rip a seam, or have my dinner land on my $10,000 couture dress. I don’t even know if you can dry clean those. A sobering reminder is that almost everyone there is in the 1% of SAG members and millionaires. I have weird luck so I just might end up part of the club. Why not?
I continue with the certification for my jobby job and a passing score on a math test stands between me and admission to the formal part of the program. Acting is hard enough without this problem coming up. I have to get a tutor and do more on-line tutorials.
It’s been an eventful week. I got cast in the Network parody last week and we film this Saturday. I play one of the professors who join in the battle cry of “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” The setting will be Mesa Community College; it’s a bit of a drive but I’m happy to be in another movie. I will receive a check for $50. That fits my criteria of being paid. However, I hope to book jobs with a lot more money than that. The production company, the Grandview Group, is awesomely professional and organized. Sydney Donaldson is the director. She loved my audition, which consisted of a cold reading and two improv scenarios.
I just met with a prospective new agent and it’s looks promising. This agency actually books jobs, is SAG-franchised, and really is one of the best-trusted agencies in Arizona. It turns out Deborah Maddox Agency mostly exists to sell a product that is not the client. That is why I never heard anything. If you don’t book jobs, you’re not getting a commission. This agency has demo reels and digital photos for their clients for a one-time flat rate and often books jobs off the site. I also get to take the contract home and look it over and take my time to decide if I want to sign with the agency. You’ll know my answer soon.
I audition for a production called Sakura No Ne this, which is co-production with the Japanese Friendship Garden. It should be great and they pay $1500 for rehearsals and performances. The production utilizes a number of Japanese folktales. I love anime and Japanese culture so I would really enjoy being part of the show. Funnily, I recently checked out a book about the history of samurai from the library and it was very enlightening. Yes, that is a random tangent.
In other news not really related to acting, I finished my class observation and began the tutoring portion of my teacher certification program in Dramatic Arts Teaching.
I’m way too busy.