Landing the Role of Kate

A chronicle of my actventures

Good News, Bad News

Well… bad news first, the shoot that was slotted for this weekend is no more.  I spoke with the director to let him know I couldn’t make the production meeting because I’ll be working too late that day, and he said that they’ve run out of funding and he’s off to try and get some more. Why he’s leaving the city or even state to find funding, I’m not sure.  Regardless, he thinks the shooting will continue in October. There’s only NINE days left!  It’s sort of ridiculous. I’m not even sure who he’s paying. I guess it’s equipment rental that he can’t afford.  So, I’m don’t know what’s going to happen with that and my two lines and first death scene. In which I don’t have to die, the explosion happens off-screen and they cut back to us and we’re dead already. So, I’m not sure if that counts as a proper death scene or not.

Good news:

The webseries I’m in got picked up by a distributor! So, now I’m not only going to be available for purchase on itunes, I’m actually getting paid!  YES, PAID!  No contract yet, so I’m not sure the amount, but any payment is payment. My first paying gig! Which is ironically my first real gig.  Not bad, not bad at all.  So, I have shoots for that tentatively in September and November.

With all these going ons, I think I am going to continue acting. Just for fun, and just on the side. I am going to put together a headshot/resume site, which I’ll of course post the link to here, and then I’ll be able to easily apply for acting gigs.  Plus, in the course of ongoing chats with my boyfriend about careers and life goals and self-identity, I figured I ought to give those things a little more thought. So, I’ve decided that my life/career goal is to publish novels and short stories and all the marketing stuff that goes with it (readings and public speaking things at conferences and such–hey, dream big here, people) and then have time to do acting on the side.  Luckily I’ve sort of had writing/publishing novels as a back of the mind life goal since I was… age 8(?) or so, and have made some strides towards doing this. Which I’m going to promote here briefly despite my major drop off in readers since I quit updating. Basically I’ve gotten signed on with an online project called Eat Your Serial. Its intention is to bring serials back into popularity. The idea is really strong since our society has shorter attention spans and busier schedules–when do people read anymore? On their commute. That’s when I read (finally worked up my ability to read on the bus without feeling sick!). The rest of the time you’re working or spending time with friends and family and hoping for a tiny slice of alone time somewhere in there. So, the project will feature one chapter from a different story/author each day until that story finishes. Mine is a full-length novel, so it will be going on for 20-25 weeks (I haven’t finished writing it yet, so I’m not sure how many chapters it actually is).  It’s very exciting for me because I’ve wanted to finish this novel for forever.

Hopefully the project launches this fall in full force. They’re still looking for writers and are definitely looking for help with funding. The link for that is here if you’re interested in helping out. No pressure, I hate fundraising after being forced to sell gift wrap in kindergarten. Don’t those people know 5 year olds shouldn’t be out selling door-to-door? It’s scarring!

So, I’ll keep everyone updated on acting and will probably throw in a link when my serial launches. It’s free to read online.  My story is, briefly, an epic tale of two people drawn together who find themselves in the midst of a global war. One of them holds the key to ending the war. But their secrets begin to unravel as situations unfold, and trust begins to shatter. Will they regain each others confidence in time? And if so, what will they do with it?

Or something like that… love, lust, murder, explosions, sexy car chases, secret organizations, and unnamed enemies.  That’s really all you need to know.  Maybe I’ll even make a book trailer, those are all the rage these days.

-Lorena

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Gigs, Observations | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That’s that.

So, I just returned from my final day of my acting class. When I went to it I didn’t even realize it was our last class. Very sad, actually. As part of today’s class, our teacher talked about life in acting. He said that a SAG actor averages about $5,000/year. A year. Really? I guess that’s believable. I mean, there’s just so many people to choose from. He went onto say that when he was living in LA he was having a crap year then a great year then a crap year etc. Always fluctuating. He said that someone asked him once, “Are you okay with this being as far as you go, this being your full career?” He said the question floored him, but his answer was yes.

My answer is no.

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May 23, 2010 Posted by | Observations | , , , | 2 Comments

Overdue Updates (it’s a long one)

So, I did say I was busy, right? Hopefully. Anyway, the busy-ness paid off. I had a wonderful visit with my sister and… I got one of the jobs I interviewed for! Hip Hip Hooray! This of course means I will have less time to do acting. For instance, just today I had another request for me to be an extra on Friday in Leverage, but I had to turn it down because I will be at work because I have a job now (That’s still exciting for me to say having been unemployed for basically 9 months). But I will still be able to do the film in the summer because I’m only schedule for 1 day of shooting.

But wait, didn’t I have my web series shoot? And didn’t I start my acting class? Yes to both! And I loved both! So, I’m going to give you the low down on each after the cut. Continue reading

April 6, 2010 Posted by | Acting in Film by Michael Caine, Gigs, Observations | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Jesus High Fived Me

Well, I had my first official shoot yesterday. It was a lot of fun! You may be wondering how this could be since the web series shoots this coming Friday. Well, it was for a commercial! A last minute need for extras and I said, “Why not?” So, there I went off to a gorgeous day of standing around outside on a river bank in Biblical era dress. It was actually a spec commercial, not a real one, so it won’t ever air. The production crew is hoping to book commercials, so they’re making a spec reel of ads for various companies. This one was of Nike. Details and some new info about the Breaking Dawn movie after the cut. Continue reading

March 21, 2010 Posted by | Gigs, Observations | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This

I’m back from my audition and I’m at a loss for words. First, let’s say two things: 1) I didn’t actually audition 2) He’d already cast the role (you know, the one he said I was perfect for).

I’m going to recount some of the experience to you, but first I need to give you a brief look at some of my personal history. I know I never get personal on here, which is intentional, but today it is absolutely necessary. Why? I don’t want you to miss what a fantastic experience I had today. I want you to be able to relate in some way. I wish you all could’ve been there and we could’ve grabbed coffee afterward and laughed together. If it seems like I’m sounding pretentious or something like that, good. Let’s get into that frame of mind. ::wink wink:: Continue reading

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Auditions, Observations | , , , , , | 10 Comments