Woman On A Mission

Hi all,

I really took my time getting back to the blog. My day job will be starting again soon and I will be enacting different money-earning plans. Ladies and gentlemen: here begins the countdown to the Anna LA take-over round two. My Facebook pal, Holly Dell, began a group for people wanting to re-locate to LA. She has been gathering a great deal of resources to help fellow actors, especially those in Arizona. I plan to get back to LA in a year or two. I want to make sure that I have enough money so that I never have to leave again. It may be hard, but the high-paying acting jobs are there and in New York.

Another announcement is that I have dropped another agent. My agency did not get me any work and kept telling me they had nothing for me. I was aware of multiple castings throughout this past year and a half of being with them that I knew I could book. However, without their submission, I wasn’t getting these opportunities.  I am well under 40 in age and looks, so there shouldn’t have been any trouble. Some guy told me that essentially the client must do the agent’s job and find the castings for them, and then tell them every casting they are supposed to submit them for. That is a load of garbage.  You don’t sign with an agent for them to do nothing. I didn’t think agents took on clients for whom they couldn’t get work.  I’ll be looking for another one once the 30-day termination period has passed.

Some great news is that I was part of Studio Gaijin’s team for the Beat the Clock Challenge through IFP Phoenix. We had so much fun and there were so many good people there. We did a spoof of the infamous Amy’s Baking Company episode of Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, called Escape from Zany’s Baking Company. The video is now public on Vimeo.  The link is in the Blogroll section.  I play the waitress that gets fired. The film was really funny and I enjoyed watching it among the many films at the screening this past Friday night. The Epicus team created an amazing horror short called Doubting Thomas, about a man who checks into the San Carlos Hotel and gets the scare of his life. There were tight camera angles and an excellent use of editing.  All these films were written and filmed in one weekend.

I also filmed my first paid commercial yesterday with Andersen Crine Productions. As per professional protocol, I can’t give the name of the company it was for or other production details.  I can say, however, that they are a great company to work with. I am really happy to finally be able to put the commercials line on my resume.


2 thoughts on “Woman On A Mission

    1. Hi Amani,

      That is a great way to begin. Hale Center in Gilbert has several productions per year. Also, check out Durantcom.com for local auditions and zonie.com as well. You’ll need to sign up for a free profile on zonie.com. You’ll want to get headshots too, which are pictures of your head and shoulders for auditions and submissions. You can have them done for $150. You’ll need a resume too. If you go to my resume page, you’ll see a link for my resume. There’s also East Valley Children’s Theatre, which has productions and classes. Are you in the Intermediate class at Desert Ridge? There are also student films, but many of the ones I know about are at ASU or the Arts Institute Phoenix. The most important thing is to get started. Work on monologues for your age range and also songs if you sing. Voice training and classes and teen acting workshops are really important.

      Break a leg,

      Anna (Miss Sahlstrom)


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