The Unexpected Audition

Sometimes, well most of the time, we receive last-minute audition notices as actors.  Our agents call us as soon as they hear of a relevant audition.  Don’t hate!  It’s not their fault.  It’s just the way the industry works.  You are going about your day and then BOOM!  Just like that, you get a phone call asking your availability in auditioning for a role.

That phone call occurred for me yesterday.  The calls are coming more rapidly these days.  I received a call asking if I was available before 5 pm yesterday to arrive as a “nurse” for a live medical convention.  When you get these unexpected, “day of” calls, there is always a moment of shock. This is normally followed by excitement, fear, more excitement and a rush of adrenaline.

I made a vow at the start of 2013, that I would not turn any opportunity down as long as I am available.  So I kindly thanked my agent and quickly was called into action.  Outfit picked out. Check. Headshots printed. Check.  Babysitting for my daughter, thanks mom! Check.  Make-up. Check. Hair. Check.

That’s basically what it looks like when prepping for the unexpected audition.   And of course it helps to have a gracious, kind neighbor who lended me her nurse scrubs and a stethoscope.

What I have learned about the unexpected audition is this:

Always be prepared in advance.  This means have extra headshots printed, bar code printed, clothing selections in mind.

Prep, don’t plan your lines or your perspective on the role.

If you receive lines, do your best to at least memorize the first line or two.

The unexpected audition can become expected with your preparation in advance.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Hope, Resiliency and a brief update

Update:  This week I went to an audition for Disney.  It was an audition for print job (internet usage).

Very exciting opportunity!  The audition was literally ten seconds long.  Well, it was “Ten Mississippi’s” if you counted slowly.  This may be surprising to some of you newbie auditioner’s.  But every audition is different.  I walked in and there was a short line that had a high turnover rate.  I asked the gentleman in front of me if I could borrow his phone.  Why? Because we were informed to use our phone in one of the pictures taken of us.  And well, I left my cell in the car.  Thankfully, this kind actor gave me his Iphone.

It was my turn.  I walked up.  Flashed a smile and a hello.  I was asked to smile at camera (picture taken).  Then I was asked to look at camera and lastly, to laugh at camera.  I’m not complaining because it was an easy process.

So I thought I’d start out with an update.  And now I’d like to share my thoughts about “Hope and Resilience” by writing a short poem.

HOPE AND RESILIENCE

Re-Silence me.

Take me to a land

Of Hope and dreams.

For here I will stay.

Hope is the leader

And resilience the follower.

Without hope,

There is no resilience.

Hope for a better today

And if the better doesn’t come

Remember resilience

You can choose your day

You can choose your way

You can have HOPE again.

For the love of Theater!

I decided to write a post about Theater offered in Central Florida.

There is so many wonderful plays along with talented actors, singers and dancers in our hometown!

The Winter Park Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional musical theatre dedicated to producing musical comedies, revues and cabarets with live musicians. It is associated with Actors’ Equity Association (the national union of actors and stage managers), The Playhouse maintains high standards of artistic integrity and proudly employs professional actors, musicians, and technicians.

http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org/

Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park:  A non-Equity, intimate black box, community theatre that encourages self-expression through dance, music, and theater.

http://www.breakthroughtheatre.com/

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF, produces bold professional theater, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich our community.  The theater’s mission is to be a nationally recognized destination theater offering productions and education year round for all audiences.

http://www.orlandoshakes.org/

The REP (Orlando Repertory Theater) is a professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) in partnership with UCF, Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) promises to bring outstanding professional theatre to Central Florida based on classic and contemporary children’s literature.

http://www.orlandorep.com/about-us/

Mad Cow Theater is one of Orlando’s most respected professional theatre companies.  At this theater you will find compelling works of theatre for a wide-range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and World literature.

http://www.madcowtheatre.com/

The Garden Theatre is a not-for-profit community organization committed to enriching, engaging, and entertaining through creative experiences. The theatre showcases an atmospheric theatre in a Mediterranean Revival style venue.  Here you will find live plays, concerts, movies and more to the residents of and visitors to the city of Winter Garden.

http://www.gardentheatre.org/

Hope you learned something and enjoyed the list..now go watch a show for the love of Theater!

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Film Acting, more exciting than I imagined!

Most of my prior experience in Acting included commercials and theater.  Although I truly enjoy acting in commercials and there is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush that occurs during a theatrical performance; I longed to discover film acting.  Well, this summer, Film acting was discovered.  I took at class called CORE Film at Art Sake Studio.  Here I learned basic principles of film acting and how to “meisner”.   Since past February, I increased the number of auditions I went out for.  I landed a few gigs along the way but mostly I auditioned.  This is typical for any actor who is striving to “make it” in the business.

But one thing I discovered along the journey.  I changed the way I viewed myself as an actor.  Many artists will tell you they feel “fake” like they are not really professional actors/models/dancers/singers etc..  That is because society teaches us that we are only “good enough” when we “make it.”  It dawned on me almost a year ago that I needed to see myself as having already “made it.”  I truly believed that doors would open if I  (1.) took myself more seriously, as a professional actor/singer/writer.  and (2.) imagined and acted as if I have already made it.

I can say that doors are opening, slowly but at least they are opening now.  In a previous blog, I discussed my excitement about local audition as News Anchor in “King’s Gambit”, a feature film.  My latest update is that I booked a role as a News Anchor in this film.  We are set to begin shooting film in August.  I’m thrilled to be a working actor and to have an opportunity to act with a great cast and crew!  Let the fun continue…

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Refuel the Creativity

This is for you. The Artist.

Every artist needs fuel to keep the creative juices flowing.  There are many types of stressors and stress can creep up at random.  Stress in and of itself can be great fuel.  We need a certain amount of “good” stress to push us to our goals and to keep us on our feet.  Stress is a burst of energy that basically alerts you on what to do next.  There are advantages to stress when it exists in small doses.   It  can help you meet daily challenges and will motivate you to reach your goals.  However, there is the “bad” stress that builds and can become toxic to the mind, body and spirit.  As artists, we are especially vulnerable to stress because of our heightened sensitivity.  And when I say “sensitivity” I am referring to the ability of artists to tap into their own vulnerabilities and intuition.  This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate in order to refuel the creative juices.

Why do I bring this up?  I bring this up because my energies are in higher demand due to an increase in scheduled activities.  As an actor, “gigs” are often at random and the duration/intensity vary of each job.  I began to think about energy and how important it is for me to take time to rest and refuel the energy.  I’m the type of person who wants to “go, go, go.”  I have always been the “restless girl” in my seat at school.  My head was in the clouds daydreaming.  But what I believe is this.  I have endless bounds of energy and visions of creating something bigger.  This I have known from a very early age.

I am finally able to allow myself to fully explore my visions of creating.  Yet I have learned from life experiences how to manage stressful situations and how to take care of myself along the way.  I’m very grateful to be refueling the creative juices this week, as I am away on vacation.  If you cannot take a vacation right now, can you take a mini-vacation?  Or perhaps you can take an hour to refuel.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

It’s Independence Weekend!

These song lyrics are repeating in my head this morning…

“Oh, what a beautiful Mornin’

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I’ve got a beautiful feelin’

Everything’s goin’ my way.”

Yes and for good reason. I have a BIG audition today as news reporter for a feature film.  After many hours committed to learning the lines; feeling the role and using positive psychology; I feel ready to go forward with confidence on my audition.  Acting is not glamorous but it feels glamorous when you are prepared.  There is nothing glamorous about spending countless hours prepping for auditions.  However, the hard work pays off because of the feeling you get.  It is this natural high of accomplishment.  Artists will understand this.

I managed to balance fourth of July festivities with fun, family time at the beach and the memorization of lines.  I’m finding immense joy in the simplicity that life brings, the small moments with my daughter as she feels the sand in her toes.  These moments inspire me to also be mindful of the sand in my toes and to play in the ocean.  It is time spent with family and friends that I am truly grateful for.  I keep hearing that mantra:  “Play hard, work hard!”  What if we changed it to ” Play easy, work easy!”  I like the sound of that because life is really a state of mind.  If we have the mindset that work and play will be fun and a breeze; it is.  Work is what we make of it.

Alright, well I could go on but I have dress rehearsal for my audition today.   I always prepare my clothes in advance and then have a dress rehearsal as if I have already booked the part.  Until next post, have a beautiful Sunday and do something you really enjoy today!  For me its film acting and a long walk with the family.

Live. Love. Create

Kimberly

What a week!

This week began with the usual.  And then there was Film Class at Art Sake Studio.  This CORE film class opens up the chakras and assists in bringing great truth to acting.  It unleashes vulnerability and allows for people to feel safe in sharing and exploring various emotions.  This week we continued with Meisner Film games and were fortunate to attend a workshop by  Christy Poggi      on empathy.  Since I am a LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor); I must admit that at first, I wasn’t sure what more I could learn about empathy.  Empathy training was a large part of my Master’s program.  However; empathy applied to Film Acting is a very different ball game.  As a counselor we empathize with clients; however, as a film actor we empathize with the character while being truthful to our own vulnerabilities.  As a counselor we are taught boundaries and to stay focused on client, often disregarding our own emotional impulse.  This occurs for good reason in therapy.  However; in film acting, boundaries are loose for good reason.  We are encouraged to take risks with ourselves and actors during scenework.  Speaking of risks, leads me to the word FEAR.

I am scared to death (a bit dramatic, yes) of ACTING.  I have always been afraid of it yet secretly wanted to play the leading lady on General Hospital.  Also, I would secretly want to be Sandra Bullock in all of the romantic comedies.  You see, we all have “inner critics” that scream at us right when we feel we can do something.  The inner critic often says ” it’s too hard”, ” you aren’t good enough”, “that’s impossible”, “You aren’t smart enough.” etc.   But these barriers are imaginary and created, without giving us as a chance to prove the inner critic wrong.  I’m thankful to mentors that have told me to not listen to this chatter.  Yet, I go into the unknown and I am at times scared ______.   You get the idea and can fill in the  blank.  I feel empowered speaking the truth and this will free me.  There is a quote about fear from “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron.

” It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”  Seneca

My updates for this week:  I was cast in an Infomercial for Hand Hygiene at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  Blue Sky Production crew based out of Nashville were wonderful folks to work with.  They were professional and had a sense of humor, which created ease on the set.  It was a long day but well worth it.  I actually cried “real tears” during one scene with a young boy (who played my child).  I credit my acting class at Art Sake for giving me tools to illicit tears on film.  It helped for me to do some breathing exercises, to breath into the emotion.  What I am learning is this; Although I fear acting, I’m growing more confident and I attribute this to taking risks.  And that’s a wrap!

Enjoy your weekend!

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

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