As I am writing this I am sitting in the sun in my landlady’s backyard, a lemon tree by my side and one Alice in Wonderland themed party further away from Holland. There was a tiny scary moment when I arrived in Houston for my connecting flight and had to go to secondary inspection at Borders, though. Luckily it turned into a funny one when the interrogating officer started Googling me to check out if what I was saying was the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and yelled “We have a movie star over here!”

In a few years, I silently hoped.

But with a welcome like that, how can this trip become anything less than a succes? Well, the following weeks will be all-telling…

Like I said, I would try to adhere to a week-by-week task list and update here about it. So let’s see how I did with the list for Before arriving…

Research improv acting classes and top acting coaches 

  • Annie Grindlay’s audition classes. $575 for 4 weeks with 10 hours of class each week. I can choose between the Fundamental and Intensive Audition Class, the latter has better hours, but seems to be for working actors. Signed up for a free orientation class on June 11!
  • Ivana Chubbuck’s  scene study classes, famous LA acting guru and recommended by my actress friend Micky. Classes are $275 a month, but you’re up working only every other week, like the classes I took at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.  Made an appointment to audit June 12!
  • Doug Warhit’s scene study and cold reading classes, $195 a month, on-camera. Seems to be a friendly guy. Have to schedule an audit as soon as my battery has juice. No plugs in the lemon tree unfortunately.
  • Lesly Kahn, seems to focus on comedy but that’s good because I’m unfamiliar with it. Doesn’t have the option to audit for free, you have to do a so-called Triage for $42,50. The first one is June 30, research some more before buying that.
  • Margie Haber, also audition technique although it doesn’t say so specifically on the website. You study with other teachers than her though, and I’ve heard they’re not as competent. Can audit for free every Monday at 1.30 PM. I’ll go tomorrow!
  • Improv classes. Most are far away though, so maybe I should start researching scooter rentals first. Groundlings is the nearest and has Improv A for beginners without audition, $280 for 6×3 hour classes. But since I already have some improv experience I can also audition for Basic, there are about 4 audition dates left in June

Apply for acting class
I’m going to audit classes first, so I can make an informed decision.  This task will probably be moved to week 4.

Choose a headshot and retouch it
Asked several people advice on which headshot to choose for commercial and theatrical. Hope to know by tomorrow, or at the very least Wednesday.

Pick comedic and dramatic dialogues in English to tape for showreel
Haven’t done so yet, but do have dramatic and comedic monologues ready.

Find sponsoring agents
Should do this soon. I have made commercial, print and theatrical agency mailing lists from week 2 though. I should just add these sponsoring agents to the theatrical one. Actually I have done all these things that were initially for other weeks, never mind week one, that made no sense because it was just one weekend day…

  • Arrange California (310) phone number: did it at the airport in Houston!
  • Update resume with new number
  • Research best print lab for headshots: Argentum seems industry standard, now just have to make a quote.
  • Call old acting teacher for private class: I e-mailed. Facebook messaged actually
  • Make theatrical agency mailing list: almost finished
  • Make commercial agency mailing list
  • Make print agency mailing list

Therefore the new schedule is:

Week 1 – June 4th to June 10th

  • Make Argentum print lab quote
  • Call talent agency for appointment
  • Choose and retouch headshot
  • Finish theatrical agency mailing list
  • Check if all agents on lists still work at those agencies
  • Schedule all acting class audits
  • Research scooter renting
  • Make postcard lay out
  • Print headshots & postcards
  • Do all mailings

Week 2 -  June 11th to 17th

  • Choose drama and comedy dialogues
  • Set appointment for taping dialogues
  • Choose acting class

Week 3 - June 18th to June 24th

  • Tape dialogues
  • Research agent workshops
  • Research how to follow-up mailings

Week 4 – June 25th to July 1st

  • Start acting class
  • Do agent workshop
  • Continue working on feature film screenplay

The schedule for week 1 is pretty ambitious, and the others pretty lazy, but I’m sure more will come up. Is all this informative for you, or are they just boring dots? Let me know!

Love from LA!
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