Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

Follow an actress's journey beyond Hollywood. The life after a successful 10 year career...

Monday, July 31, 2006

Texas Vacation

Well, I'm on vacation until Sunday August the 6th. I've already missed an audition for the new show Dexter that UDK is casting for - but I feel pretty good that they will call me back when I'm in town.
I just got the call that my postcards are ready to be picked up from Reproductions so I will do that when I get back. I plan to do a mailing about the industrial I booked - just to get my name and face in front of these people who haven't called me in yet this season.
My script for the industrial will be Fed-Ex'd to me tomorrow and I know I have the first rehearsal Monday, the day after I get back. I'm looking forward to it. It's been pretty slow for me this year - with this industrial being the only thing after The Holiday that I booked!
Not sure if taking a vacation in late July was a good idea since I will be missing auditions, but I'm still going to try and relax and enjoy my time with my family while I'm here - and get ready to hit the ground running when I get back!

Monday, July 24, 2006

STRESS is not just a 6 letter Word!

ok - I can't even begin to tell you the stress I've been having - just today! UGH!
ok, let me backtrack and tell you about the audition I had on Friday! It was a straight to producer's call for The Office. The role was a very nice role, a possible recurring character named Hannah who is the new mom in the office and is pumping her breat milk at work! Very funny scene - I thought I did well....not sure if I was "earth mom" enough at the audition. I didn't get that note before I dressed for the audition - or else I could've earthed mom'd it up! ;-)
I love going in for Allison Jones...she is very sweet - and I really like her - especially since she's cast me in Curb Your Enthusiasm AND The Office already (voice over only)!
So today I was getting ready for my Smith audition at John levey's office and I get a call that I have a last minute audition for Cold Case at the office of Shaner/Testa Casting. I was still at work so I begin to stress out about how I will prepare myself for this last miunte audition when I don't get off until 4:30pm - just enough time to get me to my 5:15 pm appointment! Luckily both auditions were on the WB lot - so that saved me a little bit of stress. I made it to my Smith audition right on time but I saw that the office was so overcrowded and they hadn't even started the session yet! I had to be at my Cold Case audition before 6pm! So I told the session runner my situation and ok'd it with him that I run to the other one and back. I get to the Cold Case audition and things are running pretty steadily. They call me in and realize it was a mistake. I signed in on the wrong sign in sheet. So I went back in the lobby and resigned myself in - and had to wait even more! By this time it was after 6pm and I was stressing over not making my Smith audition. I didn't get out of the Cold Case PREREAD until 6:30pm and I ran as fast as I could to John Levey's office - but everyone was gone. I missed it! And that was a straight to producers call!
I feel very sick to my stomach! I can't believe that I've waited for FIVE years to meet this man and I blew it! It was very sad....when I walked in - I was frazzled and out of breath and the waiting room was completely empty and the producers had already left. John Levey was standing there with his assistant and they both gave me sympathetic looks and said I missed it. It's over. I apologized and John said "Don't worry - it's a long season". So hopefully this means that I will get a second chance and be called in again. Hopefully.
I have to look on the bright side and tell myself that everything happens for a reason - even this. If I made it to this audition and booked it - then I'd have to reschedule my trip home this week - so maybe THAT'S why I didn't make it? Maybe I'm SUPPOSED to see my family since I haven't seen them since the holidays. maybe that's it. I hope.
I just hope I don't miss out on a lot of auditions while I'm gone for a week and a half!
Note to self: JULY is a very bad month to take trips. Travel in June - June was very dead.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

NY is Out

Damn! And I REALLY wanted this play! I just got an email from the writer thanking me for my time and appreciation. She complimented me by saying I was an excellent actress - but they decided to go with someone else, due to age. oh well....Onwards and Upwards!
I have an audition on Monday for the new show "Smith". John Levey is casting and I have been trying to meet him for 5 years now! (He casts ER).
YAY!!!!
I go straight to producers Monday, so wish me broken legs!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Is This a Test?



HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!
I can't even tell you how grateful I am to have been blessed with my parents! Today is my mother's birthday and I wish I could come up with words to express how much I appreciate this woman! She has done more for me than anyone would expect or hope for! I have never met anyone so giving and full of love! I love you mom!


Ok, so sometimes I have to stop and wonder if this is all a test from God.
So, Sunday afternoon I was temping at the apartment community in downtown LA., and my cell phone was stolen! Now, I'm not just talking any old cell phone.
This is the phone I convinced myself to buy.
The $400 cell phone that I wanted to "treat" myself with after the filming of The Holiday. I figured I should have a nice gift to show for as a present to myself for booking this film. I don't normally buy expensive gadgets like this. (Now I know why!) My phone was 2 months old and I was getting used to it still, and pretty addicted if the truth be told. This is a mini computer as well as a phone. I could check email, get online, send text messgaes, play games, watch videos, do just about everything! And the interesting thing about this was, it didn't affect me like I thought it would. When it was stolen, I was shocked - and yes, I did feel a little sick to my stomach - but that quickly passed. And instead of becoming overtaken by anger and revenge - I felt extremely positive. I was thinking "on the bright side" - well at least my bill is cut in half now! And if the person who took it felt he needed to do something like that - then let him deal with the consequences....the karma that will come his way. I reactivated my old phone, with all the scratches and bruises it's acquired over time, and the old photos and videos I took over the holidays, and just felt relieved that I had a working phone and was now back to being accessible!
Now, if only it would ring to tell me that I booked something!

Monday, July 17, 2006

Inspiration

GOD ALWAYS ANSWERS PRAYER

by Dr. Robert Schuller
When the idea is not right, God says "No".
No, when the idea is not best.
No, when the idea is absolutely wrong.
No, when though it may help, it could create problems for someone else.

When the time is not right, God says "Slow".
What a catastrophe it would be if God answered every prayer at the snap of your fingers.
Do you know what would happen? God would become your servant, not your master. Suddenly, God would be working for you, instead of you working for God.
Remember: God's delays are not God's denials.
God's timing is perfect. Patience is what we need in prayer.

When you are not right, God says, "Grow".
The selfish person has to grow in unselfishness.
The cautious person must grow courage.
The timid person must grow in sensitivity.
The critical person my grow in tolerance.
The negative person must grow in positive attitudes.
The pleasure-seeking person must grow in compassion for suffering people.

When everything is all right, God says, "Go" !!!
Then miracles happen:
a hopeless alcoholic is set free!
a drug addict finds release!
a doubter becomes as a child in his belief.
Diseased tissue responds to treatment, and healing begins.
The door to your dream suddenly swings open,
and there stands God saying,
"Go" !!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Auditions!!

So this is FACT that drops do work!
I decided to drop my picture off at Bialy/Thomas Casting, just to let them know I'm available to reprise my role of Wife #3 on The Unit! ;-) They ended up calling me in straight to producers for their new show Jericho! I went in to read for the role of Julia, a radio operator, who works for the mayor. This could sound like a recurring role possibly! My audition was Friday at 5:30pm! The audition went great! The producers seemed like fun guys and they were pretty chit chatty with me. They kept saying I did a good job. I believe I was the last one they saw for that role that day - which is good. I like to be fresh in their heads when they need to make a decision! I hope I book it - I just hope it doesn't conflict with my flight back home to Texas!
But then again....work is work!
I had an audition yesterday for an off broadway play! The role is one of the leads and I REALLY want to do this part! Rehearsals would begin the end of August and open in LA at the end of September - then move to NYC and run the entire month of October. I know it's episodic season and some people would think I'd be crazy to entertain the idea of this play when I could be auditioning and working alot during that time here in LA - but I have always wanted to do something like this! Broadway - off broadway - live in NY for a month for work! It would be awesome! The contract would be an equity contract so the pay would be good, and my travel and housing expenses plus per diem - would all be taken care of. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to get cast! My audition yesterday went well. I think the director and writer really liked me. I'm not sure if I'm "right" for the role since it was originally written for someone older to play - but I'm hoping I gave the strongest audition - enough for them to want me!
and I know I could do this.
I should find out sometime soon - by Tuesday or Wednesday of this week at least!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

After a Month

It's been a full month since my last audition - and finally I had one yesterday! YAY!!! Talk about it being S-L-O-W. But hopefully everything will start to pick up. Looks like most shows are back on from their hiatus.
So yesterday I was called in to producers for Hanna Montana. It was so great to see Howard Meltzer again - I at least know I'm on his radar! I was auditioning for Parent #1/#2. Looks like it was a Halloween episode and I play an angry parent since my kids got so spooked at a haunted house.
The cool thing is, I know that this show LOVES when you play the scene with high energy and they have said that you can never be TOO big. Carol even made the comment "Remember everyone - this isn't The Shield!" So I went in and totally had fun with it and the producer was just laughing the whole way through. Now, that could mean he really liked me - OR it could mean that he laughs at EVERYONE. Hopefully he just really liked ME! We'll see.
I'm off from my temp job today so I will probably hit the road and do drops to the shows that are back on.
Yesterday I went by Debra Zane's new office (the CD who cast me in The Terminal) and wanted to give her an updated pic and resume and make sure I'm fresh on her mind since she's handing out roles on Ocean's 13 to friends of mine (Stephon and Angel). Imagine if I get cast on Ocean's 13! I can think of worse ways to spend a day besides hanging out with a cast of good looking men! heehee
So I submitted myself for an Equity bicoastal play called "Tale of Two Cities". I know it's risky trying out for a play that will run right in the middle of episodic season and will run in both LA and NYC - BUT, I haven't done a play since Real Women last April and this sounds like a pretty cool opportunity! I would have to live in NYC for about a month in October while it closes there - but the pay is good and they would pay for travel, housing and per diem. I just submitted - so I have to get an audition first - be wonderful at the audition, be offered a role - THEN I can start thinking about NYC for a month! :-)
One step at a time....