Sunday, August 29, 2010

John Williams at The Bowl!

A friend of mine who works at The Hollywood Bowl got me a couple tickets to see the John Williams 'Music of the Movies' concert last night.  It was spectacular!  Under a clear, cool sky, Mr. Williams conducted the LA Philharmonic through several pieces from 'the Golden Age of Cinema' while images from those films/that era were projected onto the screen.  Highlights for me included a piece from Sunset Blvd and a couple from Herrman's Hitchcock scores - Psycho and North by Northwest.

After the intermission, Williams stuck to his own contributions to the history of film doing a medley from Jaws (including The Barrel Chase!), one from 1941, one from the Indiana Jones films, and closing with a trio of Star Wars tunes. For the encores, he came back with another one from Star Wars (Yoda's theme!), followed by The Imperial March which was greeted by HUNDREDS of lightsabers in the audience moving in unison to the music!  Finally, he closed with the Theme from Superman.  A great night for movie nerds like myself! 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

From Grace to Festivals

I've blogged before (and here) about the independent feature I worked on last year called, From Grace.  Here is a short making-of video about the process of putting together a movie from concept through finished product:


The next step: the director, Paul Kampf is planning to enter the movie in several film festivals to hopefully get some exposure.  To do this, we are trying to raise a little money to pay for the festival entry fees.  If you would like to help (for a minimum donation of $25 to the cause, you get a screener copy of the film, a CD with still images, updates on the festival progress, etc.), please check out this page on Breadline Productions website.  If you would like to help, but don't have a PayPal account, please let me know.

If you can't help right now, I completely understand, your moral support and encouragement is invaluable!  I promise to keep updating the blog with info about the movie.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

(Not-So-)Easy Come, Easy Go

Got a call today that the role I was booked for yesterday on Criminal Minds is likely to be cut from the episode.  The casting office was very nice though and they said they would try to get me something "bigger and better" soon, so it could be good in the long run.  But, at least for today, I gotta say it was a little disappointing...  Onward!

Book 'Em!

My re-audition for The Closer on Monday morning went fine and I thought my afternoon audition for Criminal Minds went pretty well.  Then yesterday I had a message from Scott David's office (CD for Criminal Minds) asking me to call back.  Were there technical difficulties with their camera too?  Did I get the job?  No and not exactly.  When I called back, Becky (the associate, who is really great, by the way) told me that I did not get cast in the part I had auditioned for, but that they wanted to offer me a different one-day co-star role in the same episode -- as a Cop (side note: I actually auditioned for a 'villian'-type.) 

Of course I said, "Great!"  She didn't have a shoot date for me yet, nor details since it was still being written, but said the shoot would be sometime in the next couple weeks.  I'm not certain yet what exactly the part entails, what the scene is, or what I will get to say and do, but I'm very excited to find out! 

This town continues to work in mysterious ways...

Saturday, August 21, 2010


I got a call yesterday afternoon from the casting office I auditioned for earlier in the day.  Were they calling to tell me I got the part?!  Um, no.  Unfortunately.  Apparently there were some technical difficulties with the tape and need me to come back in Monday A.M. to read again.  Better than bad news though, right?

I guess I just have to look at it as another chance to get my face in there, and they must think I have at least a shot at the part, right?  Or else they could just not have called at all ;)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Okay, Okay, I'm Still Here

So, a few of you have noticed that I haven't been blogging too much.  I appreciate that you missed my random rants and often boring updates ;)  The main reason for not writing is that I haven't really been doing a whole lot worth writing about -- or reading about!  I have felt in a little bit of a lull lately career-wise -- though I've been informed by many smarter than me about the industry that feeling such lull-ness out here is a pretty common occurrence.  Still, I'm hoping that a couple recent developments can dig me out of said lull. 

I have been working quite a bit which is good in my pursuit toward qualifying for SAG health insurance this year; a few more days as a photo double on Horrible Bosses and background on a pretty fun Bud Light spot have been the highlights.

But, as for real acting stuff, I got called for two auditions yesterday. Yay!  One was because of a drop-off I did on Wednesday (drop-off = when you bring a headshot/resume directly to a Casting Director's office and, ahem, drop it off...)  I took a workshop several months ago with Ani Avetyan who is an associate on The Closer, and my drop-off worked: she called me in for a small role as a Paramedic on the show.  The audition went pretty well, and I feel like even if I don't have the right look (there were several ages and races represented by the folks in the waiting room), I did well enough that she'll call me back sometime.

Criminal Minds: I am heading BACK to Quixote Studios on Monday for another read in front of the C.M. brass.  This role would be great to play, and I'm looking forward to giving a good read!

Thanks to those of you who keep reading and I promise to be more diligent about updates -- hopefully, I will have exciting stuff to fill these pages with.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Another Criminal Minds Audition

Apologies for the lack of recent posts, a couple things since the last time:

I got in Scott David's office for another audition on Criminal Minds last week (that's the 4th time I've been in to his office since March...)  Once again, I didn't get the role unfortunately, but I felt like the audition went pretty well, and I appreciate that he keeps bringing me in for things.  Next time!

I did a reading of a script last night.  I've written before how many times writers/directors will gather actors together for an informal reading of their screenplay along the way to production.  It helps for them to hear things aloud, and it's good practice for us actors.  This particular script seems a ways off from being made, but it was good fun, and it was nice to meet the talented folks who were there.