Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


YAY!!! Finally! I have been waiting for this all year!
I booked What About Brian - and the best part is - it may be recurring!
I shoot this Friday, and I play the nanny Maria. My manager Laura told me that the casting director thought she saw my character's name in the following episode - so I may be recurring - but she will let us know. YAY!!!!!!! I'm so happy!
I haven't booked anything all year except for the industrial in August! This has definately been a really slow year for me, with my first theatrical booking coming in September. When you don't work for a while, you start to get nervous and think "Will I ever work again? Was my last job really my LAST job???"
But it's good to think like that though. Keeps me on my toes. It keeps me hungry and working hard to make sure that WASN'T my last job.
It's funny how this career happens in cycles. One minute you may be the hottest actor in town, booking audition after audition and it seems like you book everything you go out for. Then there are the dry spells where you can't even get an audition, but the ones you do get - nothing comes of them. And you feel like you may never work again.
I have to say, this career never ceases to suprise me though...and I like that! :)
I had a last minute audition for the next Die Hard film with Bruce Willis! It was at 8pm tonight with a casting office I have been trying to get in with for years - Aquila/Wood Casting. They do a lot of big studio feature films - so I was very happy to know that I'm now on their radar! I read for the role of a bank teller and there were all kinds of women in for this role. All shapes, sizes, ages, and colors! So you never know what will happen - it has alot to do with the look and type they are going for. But I felt my read went very wll, so now, I just have to put it behind me and forget all about it - while praying I get the call that it's mine! ;)

Thursday, September 21, 2006

A Big Day Full of News

My agent Greg Meyer and a group of lovely girls - myself included! ;) November 2005

I got the call today saying I was pinned (once again) for the tv show What About Brian. Oh, don't get me wrong - pinned is a lot better than someone else booking it - but still - this is the second time I have been pinned for this show - and I just want a booking!!!! The pinned dates start tomorrow and go on until October 3rd. I guess they will decide whether or not to keep my character in or write her out. OR, maybe just cast someone else. I have no idea what the true meaning of "pinning" means still....
So this week I had an appointment to meet with my agent Dave Kensler over at ACME to help choose from my headshots. I found out that during a meeting Monday morning, Dave and Michael were both "let go". Something about "not making the numbers" booking wise. That was pretty confusing for me. Michael hadn't been there 6 months, and Lance had just left earlier this year. And I really liked Dave. So this news was pretty alarming. THEN, I talk to the head of the theatrical department, my other agent Greg Meyer today, and he informs me that he will be leaving next week as well!!! WHAT??? Apparently the theatrical division of ACME is shutting down. Completely. It was costing the agency too much money and wasn't bringing in the bucks.
So Greg will join another agency next week and hopefully will set up a meeting with me to meet them over there. Kinda scary to think my theatrical agency, who I was so excited about signing with, is no longer. Wow. So I talked to my manager today wondering if I should frantically start looking for a new agent and she said to hold on and see what happens with Greg. We both think that if he can bring me over to this new agency, I should go. He's really good at what he does.....
Yikes. I think I'll start researching my "top picks" again and see what I come up with. Maybe I'll start to get packages toegther, with my new headshots, and see if any meetings come from those submissions.
Great. Back at square one again. Ugh....

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Chosen Ones

Ok, here are the ones my manager, Laura, picked out for Breakdown Services and for 8x10's. I'm pretty happy with them. The last picture is what I may use as a business card - but I'm not sure.

So I found this GREAT place today. It's called The Photoshop and it's this little place in Sherman Oaks. I have been getting my pictures reproduced at Reproductions ever since I started in this town, and this is the first time I'm trying someone new. The prices were pretty amazing for actual PHOTOS, so I had to try it out. I approve my layout on Friday and then I will order my pictures. They should be ready by Monday! YAY!!! :)

Today I did a couple of drops at casting offices today, and it resulted in an audition for tomorrow! I'm going in for a nanny named Maria on the show What About Brian, tomorrow at 11:10am. It's a small co-star role, but considering how slow it's been for me, and how I haven't booked much this year, I'm not complaining!

Bad News Alert! My manager put in a call regarding the pilot Eli Stone, to see what my status was for that series regular role, and they said they didn't think I would be going further. :( Oh well....
Maybe that just makes room for the next new show that crosses my path? The one that WILL cast me as their series regular? :) God willing...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Inside the Book

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Book

I received my copy of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm book. I forgot that it was even coming out! I remember talking to someone over the phone, an interview about the experience of working on Curb. The book is a breakdown of every episode for the first 5 seasons and I'm featured in it! There is a pic and quote from me! :) The quote doesn't sound like what I said EXACTLY - but nonetheless, it's still pretty cool.

I also got called to a last minute audition for According to Jim. It was 2:30 pm and my manager called and asked me to RUN over to CBS Radford because they were looking to cast someone for that night's show. If I got the part, I would have to stay and shoot for the taping that night. How very awesome! I LOVED working on the sitcom Good Morning Miami and I've been waiting for the opportunity to work on another one! I got there and took a look at the sides. It was a one line role and they were looking for a Latina in her 30's who was pretty and a little trashy. I had a hot pink tank top (with a black bra on) underneath a black t-shirt, so I just took off my t-shirt and hoped I looked "trashy" enough. haha The good news is I didn't look trashy enough (Thank God! - even though that meant I lost the part! LOL) and the bad news is - well, I didn't get the part. That's too bad. Mainly because the scene would've been with Tim Meadows, and I would've loved to have worked with him!
The audition went extremely well. I got to meet Jim Belushi and a couple of other writers/producers. They laughed at my audition (good thing it's a comedy, right?) and gave me a redirect. I did the scene again, and again they laughed and said good job on taking direction. And then, that was it. We all waited outside (there were about 9 of us that "rushed right over" for this) and waited for them to call the one who booked it back into the office and the rest of us were released.
I like days like this. I would've liked it better if I had to stay and shoot for the live taping - but maybe next time! ;)

Monday, September 11, 2006

Exercise Your Right to Vote!

One of my very first headshots when I moved to LA. This one is a good 5 1/2 years old! Yikes! Time sure does fly!

ok - I need your help! I just got access to my new headshots and I'm trying to decide which are the best ones for me. My "money shots"!
So, please click on the link to the ones I added as "favorites" - and vote for YOUR favorite one.
Thanks SO much for your input!!! :)

Sunday, September 10, 2006


Season 5 now on DVD! My episode was "The Christ Nail". Check it out!

I have a great idea!
I just found out that Curb Your Enthusiasm will be back for another season! Season SIX! YAY!!!!!
Now, I think we should all flood Larry David with letters saying we would love MARIA, his housekeeper, back in the new season! With so many requests, he'd have to give in, right? heehee
Now let's get started.
The closest thing I have is the casting office of Alison Jones:
Sunset Gower Studios, 1438 N. Gower St., Mailbox 3, Los Angeles CA 90028

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Good Day!

I Love Paul Smith! I had such a good time at my photo shoot today! And my make up artist - Gabriel - was so much fun! I don't remember feeling so relaxed at a headshot photo shoot session before! Money well spent! ALOT of money well spent! I'm sure the pictures will be worth it! I can't wait to see them! I should get them tomorrow or Monday. YAY!!!! :)
I had a workshop with Michael at Greenstein/Daniel casting office. I had fun! I hadn't been to a workshop in quite some time and tonight I got to do a sitcom scene from Joey. I felt my energy was good - I may have been a little too over the top. I was playing the role of Joey's agent in the scene - so it was hard NOT to play her "out there". Michael was nice and he seemed to like me.
I have another workshop this Saturday. Feels good to be "in the mix" again. Felt like I was on vacation for too long!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A Job Well Done

It feels so good to be able to walk into a room and do exactly what you prepared to do! There have been many times that I have walked out of an audition room thinking "What the hell was that? I didn't rehearse it that way!" - and at those times, I'm assuming my nerves got the best of me.
Well, today I walked out of that room feeling very proud of myself. I was relaxed and confident and very prepared. Probably the most prepared I have ever been for an audition! And it didn't hurt that the people in the room already knew who I was. They (the writers/producers) started chatting about a "little" show on my resume called EVERWOOD - which they wrote for. (The creator of Everwood and Jack and Bobby, Greg Berlanti, is a producer for this ABC pilot.) They also asked me if I would be on any more epsiodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Then we chatted about how the show WILL be on for another season and how I should start bugging Larry (David) to bring me back.
The actual audition part of today went really well too. I felt good about my audition and I think they liked me. I wish they could've reacted a little more to my funny lines - but they're the writers, so I'm sure they liked what I was saying. haha
I guess they were just sizing me up to see if I was the character they wrote. I hope I am. I felt like I was in that audition room.
It's the first time that I drove away feeling content about the work I did AND not obsessing about whether or not I booked this. I did my job in there, and now it's out of my hands. THEY will make the decision. So only time will tell.
But I can say that I have a feeling that this was not the last time I see them for this pilot. :-)

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Please Remain Calm...

ok So I get a call from my manager yesterday letting me know that my agent ACME came through and delivered my much wanted series regular audition for a pilot!
In the 5 plus years I have been in this town, I have been through many pilot seasons and have auditioned for co-star, guest star, and even recurring roles on pilots - but never a series regular. Ever!
This Wednesday I will audition for the casting office of UDK for a new pilot and I read the script - and I LOVE it. I'm so excited about this mainly because the role is SO perfect for me. I was thinking that if I get sent to producers - even that would be a HUGE success for me - but then I noticed that this audition is straight to producers! Yikes! I'm trying not to feel even more nervous about that! No pressure at all!
The pilot is Eli Stone and the role is Patti, an assistant who definately speaks her mind. I'm trying to remain calm but it's pretty exciting to know you have a shot at something you KNOW you can do - and do well. :-) So I plan to be very prepared and knock this one out of the park.
Also, in other news...I've decided to go with Paul Smith Photography. I shoot next Friday, and even though it's a little more than what I wanted to spend right now on headshots, I know I haven't updated mine in a while, and I'm in need of a GREAT headshot that I can invest in - and I'm sure I will love these.
I'll be sure to post how the audition went and some pics from the new headshot session very soon....