Wednesday, April 02, 2008

"A" is for Actress

It's been quite a while since I've written anything about my acting career, and that is because (quite frankly) it was slow going around here for a while. The writers' strike slowed things down quite a bit, and I had the hardest time even getting an audition. To be resourceful, I borrowed a friend's camera and made these three videos.

Thankfully, the strike came to an end, and things have been picking up! I also have a new commercial agent, who has been sending me out on more auditions.  I am really content right now because in the last two weeks, I've had four auditions!  Two were for commercials and two were for film/tv work. On Saturday, I auditioned for a USC student film, and got cast! Hopefully, it will result in some good material to use for my reel. I'm excited about the part--a 1940s ballroom dancer. Cool, huh?

The film I shot over a year ago (The Chronicles of Hernia) is due to be released in May or June. I'm also super-excited about being involved in the shaping of a television pilot, which I will also get to act in. We will likely shoot it in June or July. I am really so thankful for these opportunities. 

By the way, you might notice that I titled this post "A" is for Actress (as opposed to Actor).  I've noticed here in Los Angeles that both men and women are referred to as "actors" here. Part of me likes that (probably the feminist part that enjoys equality among the sexes). About 10 years ago when I was living in New York, I used to refer to myself as an actor, too. For some reason, I thought "actress" sounded like a diminished form of the word "actor".  But now my pendulum is swinging the other way, and I'm back on the actress train.  It just sounds so old school, in the best way possible. I've come to see the feminine form of the word not as inferior or sissy-ish. Just set apart and distinctly feminine.  And while I am definitely pro-equality among men and women, I also enjoy celebrating the differences!


Mrs. G. said...

Great post!!!! And I am with you-reclaim actress. It has been diminished for too long.

Autumn's Mom said...

ooh I'm so happy and excited for you :) I'm glad things are picking up again. I agree with you on being pro-equality but celebrating our difference. Yay to you, Actress!

J at said...

I never understood why they started calling females 'actors' as well. I do understand the equality, but I was never insulted by a female version of a title. Though I used to work at a University, and the head of the department was the Chairman, which was kind of silly, so they changed it to Chair, which is gender neutral, but also confusing when you're talking to someone outside of the business, right? Sorry, this comment has gone on way too long. ;)

I'm looking forward to seeing your movie! When I was in Alaska, there was another spoof of The Lion et al, and for a moment I thought it was yours, but this one was kind of dirty. I think it was on Showtime.

Did you see I'm joining you in NaBloPoMo, and stealing your idea of a letter a day? :)

mrs. blogoway said...

Wow, this was so cool to hear the inside life of a working actress. We went and saw THERE WILL BE BLOOD on Sunday. Daniel Day Lewis was absolutely incredible! If you haven't seen it yet, try to see it on the big screen. So worth it.