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.



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

At least it’s working

I got my first offer from! Well, sort of. Basically the site works where you get on the database, casting directors look through the database or indicate what type they are looking for, and if you’re identified as someone who fits the bill, ExtrasOnly shoots you a message (well, 2 texts and an email in my case) asking if you’re available. This doesn’t mean you’ll get cast, just wondering if you’re available for the date. If you say yes, then you are eligible to be cast, but you still might not get the gig.

Anyway, they asked me if I was available for a Fred Meyer commercial (Fred Meyer is a grocery store), which would’ve been fun, but unfortunately they were shooting on 1/31 and I am still not back in Portland. It was disappointing, especially since I think it may have been at the one near my house (it’s a really big/new store). Oh well.

So why have I been out of commission for forever in blogger world? Find out after the cut.

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February 4, 2010 Posted by | Gigs, Production, Screenplay | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

With 5 Minutes to Spare

Went to Trisha’s last night for our big rendezvous. I got there around 9pm and she poured me some freshly pressed tea and said, “By midnight, you’re going to be an actor.”

Trisha went all out for me. I’m giving her a standing ovation. Basically she thought to herself, “What does Lorena need to achieve her goal in the quickest way possible?” then assembled a folder full of information for me to use to do just that. We’ve all thought it: where do you even begin with something like this? Well, now I have a folder that I will share with all of you.

So, what’s in the folder? Where is my finished resume? Where are these elusive headshots? Find out all that and more after the cut. Continue reading

January 6, 2010 Posted by | Beginnings | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Applying for Auditions

Happy New Year! Guess I’m a little late on that (of course I did retroactively post up until today, so the first post was really a happy new year post. Shh, our little secret). I don’t really think “New Year’s resolutions” are a good idea. I think that when you resolve to do something, you should do it then. That said, all my resolutions happened to land on or around the close of 2009. My resolutions list is mostly things that support getting my writing career on track (relaunched my website today!, but the other major thing is to land the role of Kate in Breaking Dawn. Just want you guys to know that I am taking this seriously, despite how silly it is.

So, as part of my acting résumé building, I have to figure out what my type and age range are. Age range is easier, I’m pretty sure I can go age 18-30. Seems like a wide range, but I’ve met people who have guessed me to be all of those ages, so I suppose it’s subjective. As for my type… it’s not really required for the résumé. Most of the casting calls advertise the female roles as “HOT” (they seriously always write it in all caps). Hopefully I can fit into that, seems like it may be my only option at this point.

On that note, I will discuss with you the films to which I’m looking to apply after the cut. Continue reading

January 5, 2010 Posted by | Gigs | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Real Life Getting in the Way

As it turns out, I will be leaving Orlando to go back to Portland in five days, and will be on call for the contract in Florida. This means I had to tell the crew at Vengeance that I’m not going to be able to be in the film.

The good news, I got my head shots back. Once I’m back in Portland, I will rendezvous with Trisha to decide on which ones are the best. Though I did stick one up on the blog as you probably noticed. She’s also going to help me decide on which workshop to take in Portland and give my acting résumé a look-over.

Speaking of my résumé, I figured that I should give you a summary of my previous acting experience. Yes, I do have some. Check it out after the cut. Continue reading

December 23, 2009 Posted by | Beginnings, Gigs | , , , , , , | 1 Comment