I didn’t intend to take two months to get back to the blog. My March had a series of unfortunate events. First off, I had a car accident the day before my birthday. Fortunately, it will be covered by insurance. But my acting mobile will be in the shop for at least 8 days. Then, my birthday twin, my grandpa, died while the family was visiting Arizona. I scrambled to get a flight to get to the funeral in Portland. I haven’t been able to think straight and I’ve felt sick ever since. I had two migraines in a row one week and then two in a row the next. I never get them like that unless I have food poisoning and have never had it happen twice within the space of a week.
Let me back step to what I have been up to. This past weekend I was part of the table read for the film, The Last Responders: Life After Death, and we all gave the screenwriter feedback afterwards. It can be nerve-wracking having your script critiqued, but necessary for development. Having table reads for my scripts is not really my style. I generally edit them by myself. Both of my scripts are finally fully-edited and ready for production. I did approach someone to direct The Go-Girls, but I haven’t heard back from him yet. He’s generally really busy and soon to break out in a big way. I’m really shy about approaching people and I’m not sure if I should start the funding campaign with no one attached. The next thing I did this weekend was being an extra in a Burning Suns Entertainment commercial for Adobe. They have an entire campaign of 40 commercials to film. Back in February, I was the lead in one of their commercials in which I had a real monkey for a boss. She was a lovely macaque, but I was really scared of her because monkeys are skittish. I felt great being on-set, though, and playing an important character.
You might be wondering about the further fates of my two short films. I haven’t heard any further news about distribution for Pick Me!. I should call the distributor again. As for Climbing Stairs, you’ll probably never see that one because there is not yet a coherent edit. It’s a hard decision not to show something you’ve created because it’s not up to proper standards.
I have scheduled the first of the Equity theatre auditions. Surprisingly, one non-Equity theatre that pays a weekly salary did not grant me an audition this year. I have auditioned for them twice before. I’m not sure if they re-scheduled them or what. I did call to make sure they received my submission and was told that they were still looking through submissions. No news yet on the Broadway revue that I auditioned for or the performance group I auditioned for months ago.
I did a five-week class at the Actors WorkHouse. Duane Daniels is a genius, who is even writing a book about his acting theory. One of his philosophies is “If it feels good, don’t do it!” That really freed me to stop being a control freak and actually pay attention to what I’m doing and saying. I didn’t realize how mechanical I had become. The class was actually a music in acting class with some singing. Only two of us in the class had an actual interest in singing. I look forward to getting back there again. I finally saw my voice teacher again to go over my audition pieces for the big auditions this year. I am going to get out there, stop second-guessing myself, let the material breathe, and stop believing I’m a second-class actress!