28 Aug 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, Life, Writing
Tags: acting, actor, agents, audition, Blogger, orlando acting, tips
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.
07 Jul 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, film, Florida, gratitude, Life, Mother, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: audition, Blogger, family, feature film, film, friendship, kings gambit, orlando, Writing
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
02 Jul 2013
in blogger, career, gratitude, healing, inspiration, Life, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: artist, Blogger, emotion, faith, hope, motion, movement, perseverence, transition, writer
I am in motion
A wave of emotion
I found a way
I can see the end
I finally feel the commotion
For what I have always known
For the unknown
I am in motion, I am in motion
For what I believe in
Because I am only human
In motion again
A steady pace
To the end in sight
Because I can.
I am in motion
I am in motion.
09 Jun 2013
in Acting, audition, blogger, commercial, film, movie, Orlando, Winter Park
Tags: arts sake, audition, backstage, Blogger, casting, class, commercial, film, myths, rejection, Singer, writer
…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.
Live. Love. Create.
03 May 2013
in blogger, gratitude, inspiration, lyrics, Mother, music, musical, Singing, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, blogging, family, gratitude, guitar, hope, inspiration, lyrics, Music, positivity, Singing, teaching, thank you
This Monday I will be singing for the 2nd time after a long break (post baby). I’m excited and surprised myself recently when I picked up the guitar again (literally). I have a love/hate relationship with the guitar. It dates back to many guitar lessons, in which I didn’t feel I was learning the guitar in the way “I should”; as dictated by teachers. So I learn differently and needed the teacher’s “style” to adapt. Several of my music teachers were unwilling to find a method that worked for me, rigidly wanting to stick to their own style. So after a few attempts to privately train; I decided to teach myself. So far so good. I know a few guitar chords and can strum, so this is a start. Monday night, I will be singing original lyrics and strumming my guitar at a local coffee shop. It shall be fun!
Lately, I have been very inspired by consistently saying my “thank you’s” about everything in this life. I’m thankful for every bite of delicious food, the home I live in, the baby and family I have. Its being as grateful for the small things, small moments as I am for the bigger things and bigger moments. As I give more gratitude, I feel more positivity and it magnifies in expected and unexpected ways. That’s the best way I know how to describe the feeling.
Well keep on giving and stay tuned for my new original songs/lyrics to be posted.
22 Apr 2013
in blogger, co writing, gratitude, healing, Life, lyrics, music, psychology, Singing, spirituality, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: Blogger, chords, college park, confidence, fans, grateful, gratitude, guitar, inspiration, love, magic, mindfulness, open mic, quotes, rhonda byrne, Songwriter, songwriting, spirituality, success, Writing
The Magic has begun! If you did not read my previous blog, allow me to bring you up to date. I have been reading “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrnes. It is truly inspiring me to do more, be more, share more. I highly recommend this book, if you haven’t already figured that out. LOL. Anyways, I miss writing to you; my invisible blogger and fans.
So here is the latest on my artistic journey, in case you are wondering. I have been researching the top recording studios in Central Florida. So far I have narrowed my search to a select few. This week I will be touring facilities and making a decision about where to record the latest song (a co-write). Please stay tuned, as I will be posting this song. Also, I am preparing for next open Mic night in College Park. Although I am not a professional guitarist; I will be attempting to learn as many chords, and strum like crazy for the next two weeks in order to be ready for open Mic. I have vowed that if I do not feel confident in my amateur guitar skills; nothing will stop me from singing. So, I will be singing Acapella.
“Come hell or high-water” (I think that is how the saying goes; I will continue to push forward with my singing/acting and entrepreneurship. This journey has not been an easy one as I have been challenged by adversities. However, it is the resilience, determination and passion which I truly feel will lead me in best direction and create success along the way.
It is the journey not the final destination that really matters after all. I’m enjoying the small moments, the precious ones with our daughter Olivia and being grateful for this life. I’m truly grateful for you, my invisible readers. Although I cannot see you; I know you exist. Thanks for your comments and feedback.
Be Well and Give Gratitude,
09 Mar 2013
in blogger, career, gratitude, healing, health, inspiration, Life, Winter Park, Writing
Tags: baby, Blogger, cold, ear infection, health, lyrics, motherhood, sick, winter park, writer
Not much to say about Day 60. Why? Because I survived through another day of being sick. Last night I checked into an urgent care clinic for what I thought was the Flu. But thankfully, it turned out to be a bad cold and ear infection. Still I felt miserable. There were a few things/people who deserve honorable mention for their support.
A special thanks to my mom, dad, Art (my husband), Olivia (daughter) and to Glee.
GLEE (the show) really helped me survive while being sick. I was able to catch up on a few episodes and I’m always inspired by this show to continue shooting for the moon (my dreams). And of course a special thanks to my sisters and friends for your text messages which rooted for me to recover.
Day 60 marks my goal for 60 posts, in sixty days. Overall I have 111 posts (my lucky number “11″). I’m excited about this journey because I am creating the life I have always dreamed of, except now I am actually putting my thoughts into action. So from here on out, I will only be posting blogs about a personal journey of becoming the artist I always imagined. We are all children at heart. And now I am talking directly to you, fellow blogger and/or viewer. You can tap into your “element” and bring your inner child to life. Do what you love to do! Thanks for supporting and following me on this journey.
07 Mar 2013
in gratitude, healing, health, Life, Writing
Tags: Blogger, breaths, Happiness, healing, health, quotes, wellness, Writing
So I thought of this great quote I wanted to post about Day 58, before Day 58 came along. The day dragged on and I began dragging along. Here is the quote below.
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.”
Then Day 58, took my breath away, literally. Why? Because I am battling a very bad cold. Cold +asthma= no fun.
So that is all I have to say about Day 58, go away…come back a happier day!