Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Rip roaring start

Well, New Year and I'm doing my best to be a good blogger. It's been rough especially with all that's been going on lately, but I realize that's no excuse, so I'll just do my best to get caught up on all the happenings of the past and move on and be the good girl I know I can be.

Well, I went up to Santa Fe in November to start work on a film up there. I only decided to work on it because I needed a throw away job for a couple months until a producer that I have worked for previously came back with another show. Show I signed up to be a Wardrobe PA for a little while. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll explain. In the Costumes department they often hire a newbie to the industry to run errand and such for them so that they can do more important things. So that's what I signed on to do. I figured it would be pretty laid back since I knew everyone in the department anyway. Was I in for a serious shocker. The first day that I was there the designer asked me to be Assistant Designer. I'll explain that too. Sometimes on a film the designer hires someone who is working on becoming a designer to assist in fittings, and other ins and outs of getting the costumes bought, fit and taken to set or altered or whatever. So, that was the beginning of the end for me. Or perhaps it was the beginning of something completely amazing. You should know that I of course had no idea what I was doing at all. That's only a slight glitch though! So I began assisting the Designer in fittings with the actors, who I'm sure that you know, but I guess I shouldn't really name them.

Well, one week into everything, the director came by and had a meeting with one of the actors, JG, and the designer. Well she asked me to take note, not that there were any to take, and stay in the meeting. So I got to be a fly on the wall for one of the most interesting conversations. Strangely enough the director often referred to when he wanted another opinion on something. For a few minutes after the JG left and the designer stepped out for a bit, the director and I had a bit of a chat. He started asking me questions about myself. It just seemed so peculiar. Well, it came out that I was an actor and he told me that he wished he'd known that a month previous, because he would have had something great for me. That was one of the most disappointing things I think I've ever heard. I think time stopped for me in that instant. Then it somehow sped up when he told me that he would find something for me in the film. I didn't even know what to do.

Would you believe he actually came through? I got a few days on the set and I'm pretty thrilled. the role wasn't big or anything, but I definitely got some good screen time and a real name. I wasn't like so-and-so #50 or anything.

All I can really is say is that I'm so grateful for the opportunity to do something that I really love with a director who takes me seriously. Wow.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Boo...whoever you are

Song of the Day: Whatever happened by The Strokes

That's what I'm asking! I just found out that I didn't get a job that I really wanted on a movie in town. It was the Director's assistant on a bigger budget movie. I've been working on some pretty ghetto little movies this year and I was looking forward to the peace and solace of a bigger budget movie, where I would, hopefully get paid better. Well, I guess they gave the job to someone else and I can't even imagine who because I know everyone around town and no one told me about that. Oh well, I'm still in the runnings for the producers' assistant job, but I don't really want that one. I kind of need a break where I don't have to think so hard for a while. Oh well. I guess I'm looking forward to a couple of weeks off at this point. LA vacay maybe?

Saturday, September 29, 2007


Song of the day- Opus 23 by Dustin O'Halloran

So this post goes out to Fergal. Thanks for being so encouraging and supportive even though I'm obviously crazy. You rule.

In other news, I am swiftly falling asleep at my desk. Perchance it was my two hour hike in the Tent Rocks that did it, or maybe it's just the fact that I'm somewhat of a mechanical robot burning disc after disc of still photographs from the movie that I am currently working on. It's been my job to work as the digital photo lab and catalogue all of the photos, rearrange them all and send to all the necessary parties. I don't mind doing it, but it's been hard finding the time with my other assistant responsibilities. Boo. Not kidding, I could definitely fall asleep right here, right now. Well, my boss is gone, I could possibly lay down in his office for a bit...

Well, besides not really being super enthused about work at the moment, I had a pretty fabulous weekend. Exhausting yes, but worth every minute. I spent most of Saturday with my friend Liz on our spa day. I went to my new favorite spa, Betty's Bath and had massages and facials. I didn't know I looked so bad until I looked in the mirror on my way out the door. the difference between when I arrived and when I left was quite astounding. I should have done a before and after pic, but whatever, don't want to scare people. That took up most of my Saturday. I ended up meeting up with a couple of friends downtown later, which was fun, but I was in such an altered state of mind since the massage, that I all I could think about was curling up in my big, soft bed and going to sleep forever. Sunday was somewhat more productive.

I met up with some friends in the afternoon, and went up to Dixon Apple Farm to check out the new crop of Champagne apples. I love them so much! I'm feeling homely and really want to make a pie so I picked up a half bushel of beautifully crisp, sweet, surprisingly spicy apples. I conned a few of my friends to come along and we had a nice romp in the orchard before we all headed over the Tent Rocks National monument for an impromptu hike. two hours later, and right at sunset, I hobbled back to the car with a some what sore posterior. It was worth it though. I slept so well. I basically did a face plant into my pillow last night. It was all pretty perfect. You can really feel fall now. New Mexico fall is a little weirder that in other places. It tends to be really chilly in the morning and at night, but still around 75 degrees in the middle of the afternoon. It's pretty easy to start off wearing a sweater, switch to a tank top and back to a sweater at night. I also bought a huge jar of orange blossom honey on the side of the road. Uh, that may be the best honey in the entire world. I seriously wanted to to just eat spoonfuls of it. It was so amazing.

All in all, I'd say it was a pretty rejuvenating weekend. I think I really needed it too. i spent the last two weekends working so, I think I deserved it.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Unbelievable..no really unbelievable

Uh, so I don't know how this happened, but I had another audition for a movie filming up in Santa Fe and got the role. This is just crazy. I am so thrilled that I don't know what to do. Once I can handle, but two roles in a row? That's just loopy.

This is how it went down-
I went to an audition in Santa Fe for the role of Kelly, and army wife. Well, the casting director liked my reading and told me that it was great, but I didn't get a callback when she said that I would, so I gave up on it. Well, I got a call the next day to come back for a callback. Funny, when I got there for it I was the only one called back for that role. I was pretty excited about that when I realized it was just me. I went in and read for the director and he told me right away that I had the role. I was somewhat beside myself when I heard that. So I will be filming that role on October 12th.

The only downside to this role is that I had 3 scenes, but then they cut it down to just one scene. Boo. did I mention that I'm playing a pregnant woman? Yeah. Now that is funny.

That's about the only thing that I have to look forward to right now. I don't have a job after this movie is over, so I need to find something. A girl's got to eat.

Monday, August 20, 2007


Song of the day: Big Pimpin' by Jay-Z

Should I be somewhat unnerved at the fact that things are going really, really well right now? I'm not entirely sire what to do with myself. I'm working with some really great people who are incredibly caring and kind. My boss is amazing and let's me go to auditions. Now that is amazing considering the fact that it's basically a cardinal sin to be a producer's assistant and an actor at the same time. In the past, I've just run mysterious "errands" when I had an audition, but my boss is so great that I just couldn't do that. Well, I fessed up and told him that I had an audition and he was so great to let me go. Already that felt like a win for me.

So, I went and I felt really good about it. I was up for the part of a bridesmaid, but the role is add-lib so it was actually easier than I thought it would be. I left feeling pretty good about the whole thing, but ya never know. Well, I got a call back and also the instruction to read for another roll as well, so that was a surprise to me. the call backs were really strange though. they just herded everyone who was there for the bridesmaid and wedding planner roles and took a picture of us and that was it. They didn't ask us to do anything else!

I was pretty much over it after that. I wasn't as excited about it and I waited until the end of the week and I didn't hear anything, so I figured it was about over. Well, wonder of wonders I got a call today that I got the role of the wedding planner. Which is amazing considering that I didn't audition for it at all! Strange or what? I was mostly stunned at first, basically because I had pretty much decided that it was all over. Yeah... so now what?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Serenity Now!

Song of the day: Be my Love by Over the Rhine

Wow. It has been an exhausting day at the office. Not in a bad way, but in an extremely busy day kind of way. One of my jobs while we are in Pre-Production is to type and manage the shotlist for the Director. In theory, it's pretty fun, but it takes sooo long. I get an average of 20 scenes everyday and it takes me about 4-5 hours to type the whole thing up and make necessary adjustments- like grammar, formatting, etc. So, that being half of the day already, that barely gives me time to do all of the other things I need to, like setting up meetings, updating the Pre-Production Schedule, and putting out various fires which involves a sudden flurry of activity and me clacking around in my heels throughout the office. So anyway, as a result the poor Shotlist takes a backseat to other crazy things that happen.

The brightest spot so far has been shot listing the one sex scene we have in the film. That actually made me giggle, which I know is super immature, but cut me some slack ok? It just sounds really funny: Med. shot- hands in panties, or CU- hands on breasts. Honestly, that is pretty great. it just sounds so robotic.

Other than that big project things are pretty amazing. I somehow ended up with the coolest producer ever as a boss. He's taken me out to lunch 3 times. never in the history of my entire career have my bosses even paid much attention to me, much less invite me to come along AND let me converse with them. Maybe he's really a Stepford boss and it will be revealed that he is in fact an alien.

I think the only thing that is a little cloud in this glorious field of sunny, blue skies, is the part where I should have told him in my interview that I act. Lame on my part. It has nothing to do with schmoozing. It really has to do with letting people see me for what I really am and not hiding my other aspirations because I'm scared to let people know what I really want to do in this business. I have a bad habit of only telling people what i think they want to hear. especially in interviews, because people tend to get funny in this business if you say you want to act AND write AND produce. that's not too much now is it?

Oh well, "I do what I want." In the famous words of Cartman.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Maybe I'll be okay

Song of the Day: If You Want Me by Marketa Irglova

Well, After being gloomy for days on end now and crying myself to sleep last night, can now say that I really feel better. I was pretty shaky there for a bit, but I've come to terms with some things now. First week at the job, and amazingly things are going really, really well. My boss is amazingly cool and everyone except for one person, is great to work with. Do I need to pinch myself? this is pretty unbelievable honestly. not only have I had to be the coffee girl for most of this year, but most of my bosses basically treated me like a moron. If this keeps up, I may have a really hard time knowing what to do after this show.