Christmas Palm Trees

Hi All,

I’m really making large gaps with these posts.  I hope your holiday season is starting out merry.  I’m singing in a Christmas concert with my church choir.  Here is the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/582314988874089/ It’s this Saturday, December 15, at 2pm at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Venice, CA.  Then I’m off to visit home for three weeks just in time for my parents to move out of the family home.  It’s the only house I ever lived in and where all my memories are stored.  I’ll be seeing all my friends in the Portland area whom I don’t see very often.  It’s slightly cold in LA right now and it’s to the point I actually have to wear a sweater to bed.

La Famille episodes one and two are written but three and four need to be finished.  I only have to take each section for each woman in the original screenplay and add 25 to 30 pages and edit all of them.  Then it’s the push to get this thing produced and in the hands of the right people.  The Go-Girls feature is officially cancelled.  I couldn’t get any money or anyone reliable to help me, so I had to finally tell everyone it was over.  I will be filming a pre-quel short that needed to have the production date moved due to Thanksgiving and the wildfires.  After, I will submit it to shorts festivals and see what happens.

On Veterans’ Day, I booked a co-star in new re-creation series and I had one line.  I got the most money I have ever gotten for a day on set, making my year total earned for acting $600.  That may look like a small amount, but it’s the most money I’ve ever made (except for when I did Rejected No More.)  There have been theatre auditions with the last one looking promising, but in the end, I wasn’t cast.  But my Shakespeare was on fleek.  So, no theatre credits at the moment.  I got my first SAG-AFTRA voucher from background on a music video.  I need two more of those to be eligible.

I got behind on my mailings so I’m making up for that now.  I did get two commercial callbacks in a row in July and September.  I met for a solo coaching session with Chris Game about my not getting callbacks and he helped me fix it.  I’m hoping for many more commercial auditions and finally booking them.  And finally getting some SAG-AFTRA TV/Film work.  Getting back to class is tough for me because of my finances.  I have to be able to pay my rent, but I really need to be in class.

Anna In Charge

Hi all,

Well, that was a long gap in posts.  How are you all doing?  It’s Spring Break but I haven’t slowed down at all.  It’s crazy that when I’m vacation from the day job, I still have so much to do.  I just auditioned for the relaunched Reprise Theatre cast by Michael Donovan Casting.  I briefly met Michael when my Acting Business class in college had a commercial presentation at his office.  We learned about commercials and got to even try reading copy boards and improvising on-camera.  Speaking of commercials, I’ve had several commercial auditions since January but not the past two weeks.  I even got to audition for a Google ad.  We also sometimes get voiceover requests.  The only booking I have gotten in the past few months is background on a Cisco commercial, that I got myself from Actors Access.  That’s the only site I usually get auditions from, except those I get through my agent on Casting Networks.  I also auditioned for a student film for Mount St. Mary’s University held at Sunset-Gower Studios yesterday.  A friend of mine recently had an audition for a series regular and has booked a few co-stars before that.  I wish I had his luck.  I’m considering using the representation finding service through Actors Access/Breakdowns Express to obtain theatrical representation and a manager.  My only manager meeting was not what I wanted.  I’m specifically looking for someone who believes in me auditioning for Union projects and doesn’t insist I keep working non-union jobs that don’t have consistent pay, protections, and residuals.  I can work a few more non-union projects, but that doesn’t pay the bills.  This is in regards to theatrical projects; my commercial auditions are taken care of.  I also did a large mailing this week of postcards and three headshots and resumes.  I’m doing one last push before Pilot Season ends.  I know many people say that a non-theatrically represented non-union person like me has no hope of obtaining a pilot audition, but I don’t care.  No famous person ever said they didn’t go for something before they became successful because they weren’t union yet or didn’t have the credits or even the agent.  So I have no idea where this attitude came from.  And many people mean well when they say it, but it doesn’t help me to place limitations on what I want or tell me it isn’t possible.

I once again auditioned for my favorite outdoor (and sometimes indoor) Shakespeare company and then went to Las Vegas for my birthday.  (Happy Birthday to me!)  I also recently took an amazing Shakespeare Monologue class with veteran Shakespearean actor, Joseph Culliton, and we had a student showcase last week.  And I’m auditioning for the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival on Saturday.  I’m bringing my Cordelia.

The weekend after this, I am attending the Supermentors Showrunner Summit hosted by Marc and Elaine Zicree, the founders of The Table of which I’m a member.  I am hoping for solid connections and good things to come from it.  The showrunners will have me in the same room as them for two whole days straight.

Well, Happy Easter!  I need to get back to work.  (Or maybe go to the beach.)

April Showers Bring…

Hi all,

As you’ve probably noticed, that one producer is no longer on the project.  Sometimes you encounter people who want to make it their show and don’t have your best interests at heart.  Well, onward the Go-Girls go!  I have cast all the other roles.  Special thanks to Film Independent for the use of their space for casting!  I have some really exciting and accomplished people acting in the project.  I am currently finalizing the funding plans and have filed federally and in CA to accept investors.  Please check out the website at www.gogirlsfilm.com.  If you’re not an accredited investor, you will be able to contribute to the funding campaign shortly once I figure out the best way to do that.

In acting news, I got a callback for a national brand commercial the week before last.  This is exciting because I currently don’t have an agent and it’s my first callback with an LA casting director.  I continue to submit to agents and connect with casting directors.  And I also recently completed the Soap Opera Intensive with Bob Lambert, Casting Associate for Days of Our Lives.  He will be teaching the class again on April 20.  Please visit www.actingupnetwork.com for details.  You will love his class as it takes you through auditions to preparing a final scene for a screen test.  He even loves my headshot!  Basically, you should go to the Acting Up Network site period because they are always having industry seminars and at least two ongoing scene study classes.  Jodie, the head of the company, is so awesome!  I am also attending an exclusive TV taping this week with the Film Funding Club, a group of people who produce films or would like to produce films (like me!).  Nancy Fulton is the head of the group and she has many seminars, events, and extremely useful articles.  You can find her contact information and more about her services at NoBetterFriend.com.

Oh, and I’m taking ballet classes again with Align Ballet Method.  You can learn ballet too in a really supportive environment (of course, you can’t automatically get the 14+ years experience I have!).  Go to AlignBalletMethod.com.

Basically, that’s what’s going on right now.  I’m singing in the church choir for the Holy Thursday mass, going to Good Friday service, and singing Easter Sunday!  Yes, I’m that Catholic.

Turkeys on Parade

Hi all,

I’m squeezing in a November post and Happy Thanksgiving!  There are a great deal of things going on in my schedule.  I was part of the table reading for the upcoming SAG-AFTRA film, Bogie and Bacall.  It was my first table reading and I hope to be part of the film.  I also just found out that I was chosen to be part of the Actors Showcase at the Filmstock Film Festival, which runs December 5 through 7 at the Harkins Valley Art theatre near ASU in Tempe.  The showcase is on December 6 at 7pm.  Audience members get to vote on their favorite actor and the panel of judges is composed of prestigious industry professionals.  You can get tickets at: http://www.filmstockfilmfestival.com/  I’ll give you a hint about my performance piece: I’ll be creating a storm onstage.

I auditioned for a local casting director a few weeks back for whom I hadn’t auditioned in a few years.  I hope to be a regular in their office.

I need to send in the paperwork for the distribution of Pick Me!.  I neglected to have everyone sign release forms when we filmed it and now know that was a mistake.  I have the paperwork on my end ready to go, but am waiting on the forms to be returned.  Climbing Stairs is still in post-production, so you will hear about that as soon as I have the completed film.  I have a possible offer of having that at the Eastern NC Film Festival and a distribution offer.

I auditioned for a small commercial this past week that was a last-minute casting.  I was very glad to be on top of checking my audition sources so I could submit in time.  I will find out soon if I booked it.

I just attended a free workshop at the Actors WorkHouse, headed by industry veteran, Duane Daniels.  I really liked his approach.  One of his acting philosophies is that you have to have a visual for what you are saying or you won’t have a connection to it.  He said a key to memorizing lines is to have images that go along with the words.  Hopefully, I will find some money to take his classes and coaching sessions.  Check out their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/actorsworkhouse

I also finally got to attend the In The Works event with the Phoenix Screenwriters Assoc. and I got to read the narrator part of a script.  I always enjoy getting to do a staged reading of a work.  I will be submitting part of La Famille for the next event.  Basically, the actors read the script and then the audience gives the writer feedback and asks them questions.

I am working on getting some much more significant bookings.  I miss theatre, but the best way for me to get people to notice me is through film.