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.

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

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

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

Day 43

The day after yesterday.  I just felt like saying that, not sure why.  Today is day 43 and I am going strong!  I’m feeling ambitious about creating the life I desire.  Life is good.

Highlights for today:

* I managed to cook three meals this morning while watching my baby girl play.  Not sure how it happened but it did.  I prefer to cook several meals at once, freezing a few; rather than cooking each day.

* Olivia was a hands full today.  She kept me guessing (literally).  All day I asked her “What’s wrong?”, “What do you want?” “Tell mommy, what do you want?” “Do you want this?”  “Do you want that?”

And Olivia’s response:  No (in the sweetest voice) followed by a sobbing cry (not so sweet).  It didn’t seem possible to appease her today.  Poor baby, she just wants to communicate and is so frustrated with me for not understanding her.

* I managed to go clothes/shoe shopping for Olivia this afternoon.  This was no small feat.  And man, were they right about that saying “It takes a village to raise a child.”  I was wishing a village came with me shopping today.  Liv gave me a run for my money this afternoon.  But mommy kept her cool, gave Liv many kisses and managed to complete the shopping trip.  What helped?  Snacks, smiles, hugs, toys (and when I say toys, that means anything that is kid friendly, even a cup or straw will do).

Today was all about productivity because tomorrow is my “artist date”.  Artist date is just a fancy word that means we “take ourselves on a date by doing what we love, creating art”.  So tommorow after my daughter goes to school; I write music, sing and seek the latest auditions for acting.  Sometimes I will do something relaxing to invoke my creative spirit to come out and play.   There is a great author named Julia Cameron who wrote a series of books geared towards artists.  Check out her books at http://juliacameronlive.com/.

Be Well and goodnight,

Kimberly

Day 41

Today was a VERY cold day in Florida.  I am so confused by Florida weather.  One day rainy, one day freezing, another day hot and then back to freaking COLD.  You’d think I would be use to it, since I am a native to Florida, but I am not.  Oh well.  I could put a positive spin on this and say that the unpredictable weather always keeps us guessing.  As if the weather is an exciting surprise.  But the truth is, I am not amused.  Mostly, because my wardrobe goes in and out of boxes regularly, not knowing what to expect next.

Okay lets see, highlights for today.

* Music highlight: Worked more on latest song, in which I am co writing.  Very excited about this!! I will be meeting up with co writer tomorrow evening to continue our edits.  Can’t wait!

* I went to an audition for a Full Sail movie.  The only catch is NO ONE WAS THERE.  So there was no audition for me.  I am still puzzled by this. But I did leave the casting department a message.  I will try again.

*  Enjoyed a belated, but not forgotten, Valentines day dinner and movie with my husband.  We watched a movie called ” Silver Linings Playbook” directed by David O. Russell.   One of my favorite actors is Bradley Cooper (stars in this film) .  Our dinner at Thai Singh was fantastic.  “Late night noodles” has always been our favorite dish there.  Delicious!!! (Thanks for babysitting mom and dad!)

Very sleepy so goodnight…

Kimberly

Day 31 Clarity

Day 31, I am more clear on how to attain my dreams.  Ironically, it is the one month anniversary of my “daily” blogging.  And I feel that in one month, so much has happened.  But most importantly I have found clarity.  You see for so long, since practically birth, I have only wanted to do one thing career wise.  What, you ask?  Or you may not be asking, but I will tell you anyways.  All I ever wanted was to perform.  Why? Because I love creating something and seeing it blossom into art form.  So whether I am acting, writing or singing; I truly enjoy the process of creating and being a part of a creative project.  It gives me a sense of pride and accomplishment.

I don’t feel like discussing highlights of this day, as I have in previous blogs.  Instead today, I just want to share my emotions and the clarity that has come in 31 days.  In the creative arts fields, persistence is key.  Sometimes “making it” in the industry is about who you know and/or random circumstances.   But it is also about belief in oneself.  Passion, drive and persistence are key factors.

Today I traveled to Tampa for an audition for a Disney commercial.  It was close to two hours in driving there and two hours driving back.  I was thankful that my mom came along to support my ambition and to watch Olivia.  What people don’t see is the “behind the scenes” in preparing for an audition.  Memorizing lines, practice time, prepping one’s outfit, following director instructions, bringing headshot/resume, time management (travel time, babysitting) are just a few of the tasks involved in preparation.  You go to an audition that usually lasts ten minutes (commercials) once in front of the director.  With that being said, when you love what you do, it’s not really work at all.  I felt great about my five minutes of fame today.  Hopeful that I will get the call back.

But let me cut to the chase.  As artists, the road is often bumpy.  The road can also lead you in many directions.  It is easy to lose sight of why you began creating in the first place.  And it is easy to lose faith in oneself.  There is constant rejection and a lot of competition.  There are fears as with any career.  These fears become questions like “Am I good enough?”, “Will I make enough money?” ,”Will I stumble on my words? “, “What if I make a mistake?”, “Will I succeed?”  The fears can amount and consume you.  But what I say today is this- I will do whatever it takes (except for selling my soul) to create a path that balances life as a mother and career woman.

What comes before Fear?  Anxiety.  During those anxious moments, many people question their chosen path.  Anxiety can lead to impulsive decisions.  So what I am telling myself today is “Fear not, trust in the path chosen for me.  Do not settle for second best.  Continue to pursue your dreams, regardless of the challenges presented.  Create a life I am proud of which includes staying true to family values and personal values.”

And mostly, I am feeling grateful.  Thank you to blog followers, family and friends for reading my posts.  And thank you to family and friends for your constant support.  A quick shout out to artists, who are reading this blog; continue to believe in who you are and what you have to give to the world.

Goodnight,

Kimberly

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