02/11/2011 First LA gig complete! I am officially a paid actress in Los Angeles! The trip to Central Casting paid off because within 24 hours from registering with them, I received my first phone call! Let me back up just a bit though. On Wednesday night, my poor puppy got sick in the middle of the night, so I spent the rest of the night trying to sleep on the bathroom floor with her. Our apartment is mostly carpet except for the bathroom and kitchen. So to be safe, we set up camp on the bathroom floor. Needless to say, we did not get much sleep. The next morning, I tried to get a little rest in my bed and actually missed the call from Central Casting. They did leave a voicemail to see if I would be interested in being a background actress for an episode of a prime time network detective drama. Of course I am interested! A girl’s got to start somewhere, and that is not a bad start! Anyways, I tried to call back and ended up having to leave a voicemail saying that yes I am interested and available to shoot Friday, the 11th. It is now late Thursday afternoon and I am beginning to worry that I missed my first opportunity in LA. I decide to get a shower. And of course I miss them calling me back again. Lesson learned, phone does not leave my side! They left me another voicemail, this time confirming that I was booked for the project. Woo hoo! First LA gig booked. That brings us to today, where I headed out to the studios to work as a background actress in a party scene and also as a pedestrian. I am horrible with directions so as always it is tricky to find where I need to go but I make my way to the studio and give my name to the guard at the entrance. My name is on the list! After heading to wardrobe for them to determine what they would like me to wear in each scene, I get the approval from hair and makeup and now we wait. Waiting are probably 30 other actors and actresses all shooting the party scene and pedestrian scenes. I find groups like these so interesting to watch. So we shoot the party scene which takes a few hours. We break for lunch, at 8:00 p.m. and then resume shooting but this time the pedestrian scene. Now it is late at night and we are shooting outside on a street that is made to look like New York City. Kind of funny that a show based NY is actually shot in LA! It is freezing and we end up wrapping up around 1:00 a.m. Late night but it was well worth it and glad to have my first LA gig complete!