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.

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

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

Nothing like…

…an email that reads ” Congrats! You have been booked.”  Yes, this happened to ME.  A few nights ago, I received an email with information regarding a shoot that I am directly booked for.  For those of you who don’t know  what “Direct Booking” means, let me help.   It means an audition is not necessary.  Actor needs to be prepared, follow directions and be professional.  I am seriously willing the law of attraction to show me more of these emails.  =)

Lately, I have been auditioning for Full Sail and getting my “feet wet” as a film actor.  Thanks in big part to Art’s Sake studio CORE Film Class.  This class pushes us actors to go on as many auditions as possible.  I have been truly digging it!  The amount of information I am learning is bountiful.  I am feeling a strong urge and following through with this urge to create and complete several creative undertakings.

Auditioning is not glamorous but it is fun.  I realize as an actor, what the word REJECTION means.  Rejection was tough in the beginning but now I’m a natural.  I look rejection in the eye thinking, “What the heck, when one door closes, another opens.  No biggie.”  And the cool thing is, I tend to book more jobs with less pressure on myself.  And rejection actually makes me want to push even harder.

I was thinking the other day of the myths of acting and came across a few.  Check out this website below.  It has myths listed as well as information about castings if you are an actor.

http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/the-working-actor/the-top-10-acting-myths/

Live.  Love.  Create.

Kimberly

One Moment at a Time

You are probably singing right now…”One moment in time….” but I seriously meant ” One Moment at a Time” as post title.  Why? Because all it takes is one moment in time to realize our true potential.  This Tuesday marked the 3rd week of Core Film Class at Art Sake’s Studio.  I have been enjoying the heck out of this class.  I am learning to trust my impulses in acting and to be more “in the moment”.

This week I am realizing that doors continue to open.  I feel there is limitless possibilities and potential in our world.  Sometimes the doors that open are right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice for one reason or another.  So that is where “mindfulness” comes in.  When I slow my mind down and focus on the emotions, what is bubbling up under the surface; the answers begin to appear. So I encourage you to do the same.  Go to Google and click on “Guided Imagery”, meditations or take a local yoga class.  It really does make a significant different on your day while also bringing clarity to what is bubbling up.

This week was exciting!  Stay tuned, as my friend Georgia and I just began pre production on our co-write.  We will be posting our new song this summer.  Also, I will be an extra in a local Indie film called ” Hope for Harmony” to be taped this upcoming week.

Not much more to say, as its Friday “Eve”.  We are all tired, right?  Time to renew, repair and reboot for the next week.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

A Week’s Journey

This week was a journey.  It was a journey filled with many emotions.  Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we?  So what is the latest on my artistic pursuit of creative rebellion?  Well, lets see I started film class last week at Art Sake Studio.  Check it out at http://www.art-sake.com/art-sake.com/Home.html.  The class rocks and I already feel like I am learning more than I could imagine from one class.  The class is inspired by one of my favorite author’s Julia Cameron (author of book ” The Artist Way”).  This class encourages its patrons to attend as many auditions as possible in order to unleash the inner artist and to encourage personal growth.  So this Saturday, I went to Full Sail University’s open casting call for local films.  I was expecting to audition for two movies.  However; when I arrived there was a long table set up with about six creative projects including video game auditions.  There was a moment of panic followed by sheer excitement.  I went down the aisle and signed up for each casting available.  There I sat with five clipboards filled with information about each casting, followed by sides.  “Sides”  refers to the specific set of lines from the script of an acting project that your child (or you) must learn prior to an audition.  It took some time to organize all the paperwork, sign the releases and remember which “Sides” belonged to the appropriate paperwork.  I thought,  “If I can figure out how to organize this mess, it’s half the battle.”

I highly recommend auditioning at Full Sail.  The staff was very friendly and the casting directors were also friendly, approachable, and eager to get the best shot.  The directors were professional and provided feedback.  Check out Full Sail’s site at http://www.myspace.com/fullsailcasting.  I was there from 3 pm until 6:30 pm auditioning for five projects.  It was a long wait but worth it.  Why? Because I left with increased confidence.  I felt great about the performances I gave and the courage it took to show up.  So I encourage you to do the same.  Find the courage within to do something you’ve always wanted to do and do it, without question.

Film business has taken the driver’s seat this week.  So last night I changed it up by meeting with a friend and co-writer to solidify our song and to make arrangements to record in the upcoming week.  Cannot wait to share with you!  Mostly, I am feeling very grateful for the support of my husband and family which allows me to go on these auditions.  Our daughter Olivia Daisy always inspires and her smile pushes me onward.

It’s been a week’s journey.  It feels like this is really happening.  That I am becoming the artist I always wanted to be.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

The Latest

After my last blog, I was filled with excitement to sing at Credo Coffee shop.  I had been rehearsing vocal and guitar for over a week in order to perform there for what would be my 2nd time.  The guitar was becoming my friend and I let go of my grudge against it.  You see the guitar and I have a “love/hate” relationship.  But recently I decided to give it another try on my terms.  So when my baby girl fell asleep and with my husband’s support; I practiced chords on guitar and strummed along to my original tunes.  I felt fairly confident that I was ready to showcase my original songs, even if my guitar skills were not perfect.  However, sometimes things happen for a reason.  The weekend prior to open mic, the guitar was not tuned.  I tried tuning it several times, using different tuning methods but was not successful.  I was losing hope and wondered if the guitar was broken.  But really I felt like the broken one because I was so disappointed.  What I really wanted was the last two days (weekend) to rehearse. And well with a baby, various creative endeavors and life; it just didn’t happen.  With that being said, I am glad it did not.  And thankfully, the guitar was fixed.  It turned out that only ONE STRING was out of tune.  But due to limited time and my desire to perform at my best; I chose to sing at next open mic.  I’m thinking about trying out Austin’s Coffee Shop next week.  Sometimes I am too hard on myself.  One missed open mic is nothing in grand scheme of life.  The important thing is that I am playing the guitar and not giving up on this creative growth.

Sometimes the unexpected actually turns out to be a great thing! So after my disappointment, I set my mind on the next creative goals.  And with a tuned guitar, I felt that opportunities were endless.  Then I got a phone call from my agent.  She wanted to submit me as print model for Scholastic Books catalog.  I was excited and of course said “Yes!”.  I booked the job and arrived at Scholastic Books on Thursday.  It was such a positive experience and the team of artists, directors and photographer were professional.  This is another experience that reaffirmed my love of entertainment field.  I enjoy print modeling as much as acting and singing.

It just goes to show you that sometimes change is a GREAT thing and that unexpectancies can be GREAT.  Here are some quotes that I stumbled upon when looking up “unexpectancies, change.”

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” -Maria Robinson

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” -Anonymous

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” -Deepak Chopra

“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.” -C.S. Lewis

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.” Unknown

Be Well and have a fantastic weekend!

Kimberly

Day 49

Today was a stellar day! I had an audition today for “Liberte Yogurt” Commercial.  Right now I am in Tampa, Florida at local Starbucks waiting to visit with my girlfriend.  The drive wasn’t so bad because I listened to an audio CD in the called “Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.” by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra.  I must admit that after the first half of this CD, I questioned if I could continue listening to a book on CD.  Why?  Because music usually perks me up on long rides and I was already recouping from lack of sleep (previous night).  However, the author kept me tuned in detailing innovative health information regarding the unlimited potential of our brains.  One point that was discussed repetitively was that we have power over our brains.  Our brains do not control us unless we allow it to do so.  In other words, we can all tap into unlimited potential and heal our mind, bodies and soul.

The only thing that is missing right now is Olivia. We played this morning before she went to school. However, it never seems enough as I love her to pieces.  And of course any couples time (date nights) we can get, we take.  We cherish each and every moment we spend together as a couple and as a family.  I’m feeling really grateful for family and for opportunities that continue to arise.  This career transition happened for a reason.  I’m very excited of what is ahead!

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 47: 100 posts!!!!

Day 46 marked 100 posts!! WOO HOO!

Highlights for today:

* Preparing for commercial audition which will occur on Monday.

* Being a mommy and all the joys that come with this role!

*  My husband and I decided to start co-writing.  Our first co writing session looked like this.

“Okay lets begin our co writing.” To which he replied, ” Okay. I am so tired.”

I then said, “Alright, do you want to just brainstorm ideas?”  He replied “Sure.”

We wrote down three ideas and began rubbing our eyes with sheer exhaustion.

I laughed and said, “Okay that’s a great first session! Time to go to sleep.”

We are definitely parents.

Goodnight,

Kimberly

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