As you start living in Los Angeles a little longer, and start to get to know people that work behind the scenes of the business, the veil of the carefully constructed Hollywood dream starts to lift inch by inch.
The big movie star romances you’ve seen unfold from your tiny room in no matter which small town in no matter what country, nothing more than a PR plan… The clauses in TV contracts for the main stars to fake off screen romances, the planning of pregnancies, weddings, even outdoor lunches, to coincide with movie releases or season premieres.
Of course you kind of suspect these things, even from behind your computer in your room far, far away. But I at least never realized how far people go with these things. I guess it’s one of the side effects of you, the person, becoming a product…
Living in Hollywood for two weeks has really helped me see more of the reality of the business, the people behind the names. Hanging out with people who turned out to be agents, producers etc. has been a revelation. Where I previously saw agents as the big gatekeepers miles and miles above me, I know see they are just sales people, wanting their actors to break into the business more than anyone. I learned about their daily activities, their journeys from the mailroom to desks, the fact that many of them live in the same apartments as actors…
Hopefully this insight will help in my last two months of trying to secure representation here. I’ve certainly been spending muchos time working on the career again. Here’s what I’ve accomplished of last week’s list:
It’s a miracle but I have finally done this. I taped a dramatic scene from Shame (the same I did for the agent) and a comedic one from the upcoming pilot Animal Practice (which I did for the manager). After viewing them I came to discover I might actually be better at comedy than drama, whereas I previously thought otherwise. I’m gonna tape the dramatic one again, the comedy one I might put up here soon once I’ve gotten some people to review it!
Do Print Mailing
This is done, at least it’s ready to be send. I just want to wait until after this week, since most agencies have off from Wednesday to Friday due to Independence Day. Don’t want to get my submissions to get lost among five days worth of submissions :)
Do Groundlings Level 1 Audition
Done! And went well, aside from some occasional trouble hearing English stuff. Was very nice to see old pictures of Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin and Kirsten Wiig, who all started out in Groundlings. The next Level 1 starts in August so might do another class while I’m here first. Maybe Doug Warhit, I really liked his class.
Make List of Agent Workshops
As far as I can tell, there aren’t a lot for agents, but a lot for casting directors. But I found The Actor’s Collective is a good one for agents.
Finish 15 Pages of New Screenplay.
Done! Twenty pages even! I’ve started many screenplays for features but this is going to be the first one I finish. I’m just so in love with writing this story, I’m at it hours every single day and scenes are in my head every time I’m alone. I’m always pretty good with coming up with ideas and characters and atmosphere, but just never really constructed real plots. And therefore got stuck at page ten with many stories. But I’ve had a friend who happens to be great with plot help me rummage through my messy brain and pluck out what I wanted with this story. More as this story develops…
Research SAG New Media Agreements
Forgot to add this one to my Sticky list on my desktop, so didn’t even know I had this. Putting it on there now!
Audit More Classes
I audited Margie Haber, which seemed really nice. The problem is they all seem great, all the classes…I guess doing improv is the priority now. Although I really want to do an on-camera class too. Choices, choices!
So unfortunately I’m not yet signed by anyone, and busy arranging visa stuff. And unfortunately I have no new meetings set yet, but I’ll keep trying. Something inside me tells me that this time it will finally work out. Keeping the faith!
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