Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Print Audition

Print audition today at The Casting Studios on S. La Brea. I had to dress in business casual and they just took a picture of me. In and out in a couple of minutes. Nice.
I'm off tomorrow and I'm going to try and make a decision on a photographer by the end of the day. Ugh....

Monday, August 28, 2006

The Coolest Thing Happened....

ok, so I was shopping in Target yesterday and this man rolled his cart over to me, with his son sitting in the seat, and asked me if I was on Curb Your Enthusiasm! I couldn't help smiling this very wide grin and I tell him that yes, that was me. He told me I was very likeable in that episode and it was one of his favorites to date. That was really cool! But the best part was he told me I looked much younger in person! :-) YES! haha
I felt like a mini-celebrity for a split second! And what a perfect day for it to happen on - Emmy day! Speaking of Emmys, I was excited to see that Robert Weide, the director who I worked with on Curb was nominated - and Marc Buckland, who I worked with on Medical Investigation, won for My Name is Earl. It was VERY COOL to see people I had met and worked with on that stage accepting an EMMY! Maybe someday.... ;-)
I have a callback tomorrow for that Chase bank commercial! And I have narrowed down my choices for a photographer, but I'm still not 100% in love with a choice. UGH! I'm going to keep on looking. I plan to have them done in the beginning of September - which is at the end of this week, right? great.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Know Anyone?

I had an audition this week for a commercial! Can you believe it?? I don't remember the last time I went out on a commercial audition! It was for Chase Bank, and for the "Hispanic market" - meaning it will air on Latin channels like Univision, Galavision, etc... It was fun! I played a woman who was very happy that she got her new chase credit card so she can purchase a washing machine. So she goes around town giving away all her quarters. It went well....
I'm desperately trying to find a new photographer! I need new color headshots like yesterday - and I'm pretty particular in what I'm looking for. I don't like very busy backgrounds - but I don't like the photo to look flat. I like a clear shot that says something...and I've seen many different photographer websites, but nothing really speaks to me. So if anyone has a recommendation, I'm open to all suggestions! Please help!!!!
Other than that, not much else is happening. Kinda slow, and it's frustrating - but I'm trying to stay positive. I signed up for more workshops in September, so maybe that will generate some auditions.

Friday, August 18, 2006

My REAL job....

ok, so yesterday I made it to both my auditions. That's a good way to start my day! :-) On my way to my first audition I stopped by ACME to drop off more headshots. That's always good news to get that they need more pics - means they are actually using them! Submit away please! :) I saw one of my agents Greg Meyer. He's such a character! He always reminds me of Jeremy Piven of Entourage! And I mean that with nothing but LOVE!
He was just asking me if I made it to my Cold Case audition yesterday and I told him that I had my manager reschedule it for that day.
So I headed off to my audition for Stand Off at 20th Century Fox.
It always amazes me what some actors feel they need to do to get the upper hand in an audition. The part I was going for was a hospice worker. Not a doctor or nurse - just a hospice worker. So I wore my light tourquoise button down blouse and black slacks. Something simple to SUGGEST the character but not in costume. Well, there were more than one actress in the waiting room with a white doctor's lab coat on or a stethoscope. It was just crazy. I understand having to wear some of these things when going in for a commercial audition - but I don't get it for a theatrical audition. They have an imagination! You don't have to be in costume for them to imagine you as that character (even though the role was hospice worker and not doctor -hel-lo!) I just think if you feel you need to rely on a costume for your audition - then you need to get back into an acting class so that your talent is the only thing that speaks for you - not your wardrobe. That's just my 2 cents.
So, anyway, about my audition - it went well. There were parts where I felt I was pretty damn GREAT, and parts where I felt I was just ok - so it could go either way. I felt I could've done better - and I realized it halfway through the reading - but it wasn't horrible enough to stop and begin again, does that make sense? I was hoping they would give me an adjustment so I can redo it - but they didn't - and I left. It wasn't a HORRIBLE audition - but I know I could've given a better one. oh well....
My second audition went well too. It was for Cold Case at Warner Brothers. I met with the same casting director from the last time I was brought in to read. This time he seemed to like me a bit more. He had me do it 3 different times, with three different directions. he smiled a lot and asked me to wait in the lobby while he asked his partner something. He then went into his partner's office, closed the door, and a miunte later, came out and thanked me for coming in. And that was it. hmmm....I wasn't sure how to take it.
My friend Angel said that it has to mean only good news that he asked me to wait - because if he wasn't interested, than I would've been thanked when I finished. So who knows what they talked about on the other side of that door - but I'm going to choose to be positive and say they were discussing how AMAZING he thought I was and how perfect I would be for this role - and if NOT this one - then another role on this show.
yup. I choose to believe that's what happened! :)
Now, hopefully the next audition will come fast, so I can put these out of my head already!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

2 Auditions!

So I got a last minute call to audition for Cold Case today at Shaner/Testa Casting in Burbank and I was temping in UPLAND - so there was no way I could make it there on time. What sucks is, this was a really good recurring role! But somehow my wonderful manager Laura at Central Artists got me an appointment for tomorrow at 3:30pm! YAY! I didn't miss out on this one! Thank God!
And right before I left the office today, I got another call about an audition for tomorrow as well. It's for the show Stand Off at Stordahl/Terry Casting at 12:30pm and the part seems like a pretty meaty co-star role. :-)
Looks like I will be running to Century 20th Fox in Culver City, then onto Warner Bros in Burbank. Busy day on the road tomorrow!

Monday, August 14, 2006


Ok, being "pinned" is an interesting term. I mean, it can be good because it means I didn't NOT book the job - but it could be bad because it's not an official BOOKING - I'm just "pinned". Hmmmm....Let's see - I guess I can be the positive person, and not the negative Nelly, and see that the glass is half full. I didn't lose the part to someone else just yet. I'm "pinned". So I guess that means they like me (not sure if they like ONLY me), and they want to make sure of my availability and their scheduling before they call me for an official booking. Right? right. I think. Or, maybe it means that they can't decide between me and someone else - so they "pin" us both and make a final decision later. I don't know - but I'm going to go with the first one - and hope for the best.
I need a booking. I haven't really booked anything all year! The Holiday I booked in December technically, and shot it from Jan - March, and I booked the industrial last week, but that's it. And it's August now! ok, I don't want to sound ungrateful or greedy, but I'd like to average more bookings per year, if that's ok.... :-)
Now, on to other news....So I saw World Trade Center this weekend. I have never met Michael Pena - but I was proud to see that he landed a starring role opposite Nic Cage in an Oliver Stone film! The movie itself was just ok - but I have seen this actor progress over the years and have watched his career blossom and grow - so that was really exciting for me to see him in this role! He was amazing in Crash, a film that I loved - and I know he'll go on to do more amazing things!
And now, on to unrelated news....So today was very interesting. I'm temping at an apartment ccommunity this summer until I start up subbing again in September. I've been helping out with filing and what not at this luxury apartment community in downtown LA. Well, I really love working there (the pay is OK - so I wouldn't do it permanantly - which they have offered), and the people are so much fun. Well, they asked me and one other employee to go over to this other property that they just took over since the entire staff had quit during this whole merge. So we went over there thinking we'd help out in sifting through the mess and help get them organized. Well, today I was the property manager for this 200 unit complex! It was pretty funny considering I came from a complex where I just filed and answered phones - to this other complex where people are turning to me for answers since I was the "acting manager" today. Don't know how I went from "helper" to "manager" in a matter in minutes - but I did - and it was fun. i felt like I was playing a role! I have never been a manager or an assistant manager for a property before - just a leasing consultant - so this was all new to me. But it felt pretty good putting on that power hat! :-) The good news is - I work there again tomorrow - and then it's back to my reality of filing and getting coffee! Temping is fun when the days are different like this! And I still get to ACT! haha

Saturday, August 12, 2006

What About Me?

My audition for What About Brian went well. I showed up perfectly on time - which is a relief because traffic was so bad! I saw one other hispanic actress there, a friend of mine named Lorena Mena, and one Asian actress and then there were about 7 or 8 African American actresses. The description just said 'any ethnicity', so we'll see which way they decide to go. I found out it was a straight to producers audition when I signed in - but I got into the room and it was just the casting director and the camera - so I guess they're casting from the tape.
I need to take new headshots very soon - and maybe after I do that - things will start to pick up for me - at least commercially - and I'll start to go out on auditions more. And that could lead to more bookings. And that could lead to less work temping/subbing. Nice!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Slowly Rolling

Audition tomorrow for What About Brian at Mandy Sherman Casting. It's the role of a bank teller. And I've played that before - so maybe that will give me the edge I need! :-) haha
I'll be sure to post about it tomorrow - that's IF I make it there on time.
Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I'm Baaaaaack!

Back from my Texas vacation!
Top pic: My neice Jessica and myself at the Kelly Clarkson Concert in Dallas; pic 2: Me and my friend Melanie in Austin; 3rd pic: Me on the beach in Corpus Christi; 4th pic: my gorgeous godson Aaron, who is always laughing and smiling :-)

Well, it's good to be back. Actually, it's always better to come home from a vacation when you have a JOB waiting for you! :-) I started shooting the industrial for AchieveGlobal this week. We had rehearsal on Monday for a couple of hours. I worked all day yesterday and about one hour today - and I'm wrapped! Not bad when you consider they are paying me for the whole week! nice! :-) Everybody was SO nice on the shoot. And the good thing is they actually call people back to use again in future projects! It could be 10 years later, and they'd call one of their former actors. that's good news!

I played a very professional procurement officer named Helen. It was tough being serious and professional when I was working in a scene with this other actor named Jeff. He kept saying things to make me laugh and break character....Yet, when it was his turn, he could turn around and do his lines unaffected!! Not fair! haha Everyone was relaxed and we all got along very well.

I sent out about 50 postcards today - just letting poeple know about this booking and that SEASON 5 of Curb Your Enthusiasm is out on DVD! Maybe that will generate some auditions soon. I had to turn one down for yesterday. I got called in for a short film out of Mary Verneiu's casting office. My buddy JC Cantu works with them and he tries to call me in whenever he can - he's a sweetheart. But since I was shooting all day, I couldn't make it. Oh well, there's always next time - hopefully!