So the last post brought up some interesting questions, especially when I mentioned the actors striking. Unless you are submerged in the industry, it's easy to be mislead about the glamour and money.
of that 5% only 10% can make that much a year as an actor regularly. I'm not that great at math but I think that doesn't leave us many people.
All that being said, don't pity us. Support us, but don't pity us. We wouldn't be doing this to ourselves if we didn't want this more than anything! I hustle my butt off to get everything I get. But that makes me value it even more.
I do. So let me give you a glimpse into my week and all it took to get me there.
Some weeks are slow, this week was CRAZY!
I had a meeting with my agents that I just signed with. The meeting went well...not what I was expecting. I thought it was a sit down with everyone at once. It turned out to be a sit down individually with 3 of the 5 agents. But the most important one was the owner. He was very
kind and we actually talked about my family for a while. When I asked him what he saw for me he was honest. He said I might not be the "typical" leading lady but I was very versatile. And he listed the types of roles I'd be good for. And I agreed. "You've done everything we've asked and then some. The onus is now on us to get you in front of as many people as we can." It was a good talk. The others had a similar tone and content.
After meeting my agent, I had to book it across town for a play reading in which I am playing a dominatrix whose roommate has been raped. My character is tough with the guys but really caring with her roommate. Great role. It is by this amazing new playwright Ross Tedford Kendall. Such fun!
Then, my BF whisked me away to Santa Barbara for the night at the Four Seasons. He had booked a job and the studio was paying for the room. We drove Thursday night and I left in the AM and he got a ride back later.
Writing session with my friend. We are producing a webisode together. I'm really excited about it. Then, it was off to the editors to put together a short that I had written and shot. After meeting with them, I had a meeting for a fledging film festival of a friend and for whom I am on the board.
Drove to San Diego to visit with my cousin who lives in DC but was at a conference in San Diego.
Came back from San Diego, coached my friend on her audition. Then to the Magic Castle (an exclusive club for magicians only. You have to be invited. My friend's uncle is a legend in the business. John Calvert is 97 years old and still awe inspiring).
Vet trip for the new rescue puppy, Edison, I just adopted. That night was a really cool party where I got to hang out with some old friends and made lots of new ones as well. It is all about networking.
I did some more Motion Capture for a video game I had worked on in the past. We recreated a fight scene from the film. So much fun. (Motion Capture is when you wear a tight one piece suit with little silver balls on it. The cameras film your movement and the data is then transferred to the computers. That data is used for the animation.) Plus they always have the BEST craft services. (pictures below)
Picketed with the writers and got together with an editor to piece together a demo reel of all my acting work.
I will be Stunt Coordinating the new music video of someone you all know. ALL of you. I might have to end up doubling her too depending on what she feels comfortable doing. I'll tell you all about that next week and I'll try to take a bunch of photos!
Voice over gig for Google.
Here's my point. All this running around and there are times I'm still afraid I won't make rent. Everyday is different which is a blast but, every paycheck is different too and that can be like winning the lottery or really scary. I have to say, and maybe it's because I'm having such an amazing week, but I wouldn't change it for anything...except actually winning the lottery...that'd be cool.