“Reely” a lot to catch up on
03/20/11 We will start from the top about a week and a half ago; on a Tuesday we had a dinner meeting that went great. The next day, Wednesday, I did some background work on a NBC action-comedy show where I was a wedding guest. It was a long but fun day. Then on Thursday I met with an agency which I did not care for. I would not agree to sign with them as the lady I met with seemed to think it was ok if she would basically put me down to make herself feel better. I ended up leaving that meeting feeling terrible but not because I did not do my best at the meeting, but because of how that woman acted towards me. It is so true when people say that this business is up one minute and down the next! Later that evening I ended up speaking on the phone with a pretty important manager here in Hollywood. He was just in the midst of pilot season and asked me to follow up with him in about two weeks so we could set up a time to meet. In the meantime, he suggested some acting studios for me to check out. That Friday, I had a photo shoot down in Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach areas. The shoot went great and hopefully they will need to do more still shots down the road which would mean more work for me. Then on Monday I spoke to the acting coach that was suggested by the manager, spoke to a big time agent suggested by the dinner meeting the previous week and then walked the runway in a fashion show for LA Fashion Week. Whew! Not done yet! So, that Wednesday, I met with the big time agent, who was so super nice, and ended up setting up some meetings for me with some casting directors. Great meeting, but I need to get some film credit under my belt before that large of an agency could ever represent me. Understandable, I need to build some street cred! Later that evening, I audited the course that was suggested to me and did not really care for it, which was disappointing because it came so highly recommended. Again, up one minute and then down the next. I did not stay down too long because the next day, I had an appointment with one of the casting directors which were set up by the big time agent. And the meeting was super! He basically thought there were a couple of projects he could already see me in and wants to help me get that film credit I need. So exciting! Also, he asked if it would be alright if he set up a couple of meetings with some agents he knows. Please do! Later that afternoon I had a meeting with the woman from the acting studio and it went well, but I still did not get a great feeling about things with this studio. I felt like she was trying to sell me her products. Also, she said that she recommends her students not audition, not meet with casting directors, not try to get an agent and not do any theatre at least for one year while they are studying. What? That sounds ridiculous to me! Now, I know that I need to study and definitely have a lot to learn, but that sounds completely counterproductive to me. You cannot tell me that everyone working in Hollywood has had a year of complete study and basically nothing else. The feeling I got from the class and the meeting with the studio owner was not good and therefore I basically decided that I was not going to study there. Again, up one minute with the casting director and down the next with the acting coach. Again, I did not stay too down because it was St. Patrick’s Day after all and we were hanging out with friends later that evening and having some Irish beer. The agent had asked me to call them after I met with the casting director to fill him in on how things went and when I was on the phone I asked who they suggested for an acting coach. They gave me a couple of other names which I later researched and hopefully have found one that will be a good match for me. I currently have an email in to the studio to be able to audit a class and for additional information on registration. Fingers crossed on this one. That Friday I had a meeting with an agency that I set up myself. A smaller agency but the meeting went very well and the agency owner who I met with was so nice. Knowing that I am meeting with additional agencies, she just asked me to follow up with her in the near future to let her know if my decision was to go with her or not. Definitely a good viable option for an agency which I feel very lucky to have since some folks do not even get options, let alone options after being in the city for less than two months. So now it is Sunday and looking to the week ahead; I have a meeting with the agency that the casting director set up on Monday. I will have to follow up with the casting director on Tuesday to let them know how the Monday agent meeting went and to set up another meeting with a different agent that they had suggested but we were unable to get a hold of last week because they were out of the office. I have another agency meeting on Tuesday that I had set up myself. And then on Wednesday, my sister and brother in law arrive to spend a long weekend with us!
I have not even touched upon me having to get a reel made! So before meeting with the big time agent I had to get a reel made. Not the easiest task since I do not have copies of everything I have done and what I do have copies of are not usually the highest quality of video, sound, etc. So, I pulled together what I had here at the apartment but still needed to get a hold of a copy of the musical Company which I did back in Ohio. I contacted a couple of people that I did the show with and end up having my sister pick up the DVD of it from a friend, go make a copy of the DVD, return the original DVD to my friend and then overnight the copy to another friend who we had enlisted to create my reel for me. Craziness! The materials I had on hand also had to be sent to our friend back in Ohio who was working on the reel. Amazingly the reel was created in less than forty eight hours! It turned out better than any of us expected and now we just had to burn a couple of copies to get ready for the meetings. We were able to burn the copies thanks to our friend who is a photographer and has all of the equipment needed right on hand. Plus, she added an awesome opening page to the reel. So many thanks to all our amazing and talented friends who helped to get this reel together! This past week and a half was so busy, a great busy! And it is looking like this coming week will also be “ reely” busy!
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