Alrighty, week number two! Gosh it feels like I’ve been here much longer. I’ve done so many things, I didn’t even have time to bake cupcakes! (First world problems much?)Or maybe it just feels like I’ve done a lot because I’m dead right now, since I just went on a pretty brutal hike. I thought hiking= walking. It is not. Be warned.
Either way, it was an exciting week. There was a meeting with an agent, two acting class audits and my first big mailing. Oh, and a pretty exciting new development…So here’s what I’ve accomplished of my list for week two:
Prepare Drama and Comedy Dialogue
Done! This was for the agent meeting of course, but I had already planned on doing these things anyway, to tape something English for my reel, and to be prepared in general. I finally went with exactly the scenes I described in last week’s list although I went back and forth between New Girl and Crazy, Stupid, Love till the very last minute.
Attend All Audits
Done! This included Annie Grindlay’s audition class and Doug Warhit’s on-camera scene study/cold reading class. Both were awesome and I want to do both, if only I had the money…
Annie Grindlay’s audition class is -surprisingly- all about auditioning. You have to do one of the two intensive classes first, and afterwards you can enroll in the ongoing classes. In the intensive they give you scenes -sometimes a day in advance, sometimes twenty minutes- just like with real auditions here. Then you go on camera, and do the scene with a reader, also just like in real Hollywood life. That sounds like an oxymoron, “real Hollywood life”…Anyway I like that they include a reader and not another actor because there’s a big difference. Readers are usually casting directors and they do just what it says: read. Not act. They’re also off-camera and sitting so you can’t really interact with them. I volunteered to do a scene at the audit and got some good feedback, which helped for my agent meeting later that week. And then Annie decided to put me in the more advanced intensive class, yay!
Doug Warhit’s class was at a really nice place in Beverly Hills and very down to earth and I felt really comfortable there. And I suddenly realized how uncomfortable I was in my last LA acting class. I’m not saying it was a bad school but it was just not a good fit for me. I didn’t click with the teacher. I’m kind of amazed I actually stayed there so long. Well, learned a lesson and moving on!
Meet With Theatrical Agent
Done! Went there last Thursday at 4PM after getting my hair all awesomely styled by the Harlot again, and riding my bike through heat and over hills. I arrived in the beautiful lobby and was glad I had to wait for a bit because I was all sweaty and red from the bicycle ride. Then I went in, did my scenes and talked with the team for a bit. It was all really nice and easy going and I felt my scenes had gone good too. The only issue was that I wasn’t SAG yet (US actor’s union that’s tricky to get in to) and still had a bit of an accent. I explained that I could never get SAG before getting an agent because I need an agent to legally work. I also assured her that my accent should be easy to erase with a dialect coach. I hear from them Monday, fingers crossed again!
Schedule Improv Audits/Auditions
The only known improv school that’s nearby enough for me right now is Groundlings. It’s a very good one though. I scheduled an audition for their Level 1 class for Wednesday the 27th!
Set Appointment for Taping Dialogues
Whoopsie, did not do this yet. I shall do it next week. If possible, I shall even tape the damn dialogues next week!
Do All Mailings
Man, are mailings a lot of work! Research everyone on IMDbPro, choose agents, get headshots, choose one or two, retouch headshots, research print labs, submit shots for printing, buy right sized envelopes, write cover letters…And the worst part is that headshots should be in 8×10 format, which doesn’t exist as a standard paper size. What more, your resume needs to be stapled to the headshot and also in 8×10 format. That’s your work cut out for you. Literally. I spent a good few hours cutting resumes. But the theatrical agent mailing is now done and the commercial mailing is ready. I just didn’t want them to arrive on Monday, so am sending them tomorrow. All there’s left is the print agency mailing!
Choose Acting Class
I think I wanna do an improv class first, since it’s important for your commercial resume and I haven’t done a famous improv class yet. Once I get my visa sorted though, I also want to do both Annie Grindlay and Doug Warhit. That sounded odd. I mean do their classes, us Dutchies aren’t as promiscuous as advertised. I’m not, anyway!
And guess what new exciting thing is up for next week? I have a meeting with a manager! So here’s what the plan looks like now..
Week 3 - June 18th to 24th
- Mail commercial mailing
- Do print mailing
- Prepare scene for manager meeting
- Do manager meeting
- Tape dialogues
- Research agent workshops
- Research how to follow-up mailings
So next week is another fingers-and-nose-hairs-crossed-week! I hope I can keep up this one meeting per week thing, that’d be awesome. And I hope I end up signing with at least one company, so I can finally start the visa proces. That would be such a dream come true. And I can’t really go back to Holland anymore, I’ve already said goodbye too many times. And invested so much money in Los Angeles.
Well, time will tell!
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