Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Success!


The cast of MGM
We ran the show at 3pm for our last "dress rehearsal" and I didn't feel nervous...yet, I messed up on so many of my lines! We had maybe 5 people in the audience, and I couldn't believe how stumped I was on some parts! So after I beat myself up about that my entire dinner break, I studied my lines again, over and over, to make sure I won't make the same mistakes during the actual show! I even had some friends who surpised me and showed up for the performance! (Thanks!)
The show went so smoothly and I didn't mess up ANY of my lines! YAY! That was probably the first time in the FIVE weeks of rehearsals that everything went perfectly! And what a perfect time for it to go right - our one and only shot!
I had an audition today to be the host of a PBS PreSchool show. It was so much fun! I basically had to go in there and do what I do everyday when I teach little ones. I was energetic and animated - and it actually went extremely well! So we'll see what happens!
Tonight, I went BACK to UCLA for a 2 hour rehearsal for a reading of a new play that a friend of mine wrote. We will be presenting it to her masters class tomorrow at noon. I am exhausted and looking forward to my vacation, which will start right after the reading, but since she approached me after watching the play last night, I couldn't say no.
But at 1pm, I pick up my friend from the airport and we head to Mexico on Friday for a girls weekend/belated birthday celebration (my birthday was this past Sunday, the 27th)! I can't wait to have my lobster, and facial, and massage! What a great birthday gift to myself! Relaxation! :) Then we get back on Sunday and I head to Texas on Tuesday, for an extended vacation of maybe two months....we'll see. I just need to get away and live life far away from Hollywood for a bit. Sometimes you just need to do that! :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

This is It!

Today is it. We have one shot at this play! One performance. Oh the stress! We have been rehearsing for 5 weeks - for this ONE day! I feel kind of cheated. We put in so much work, and we only have one performance. Doesn't sound right, does it?
Well, we are running it at 3pm, for an audience as our "invited dress rehearsal" for anyone who can't make it at 8pm. Wish me broken legs! Not literally, of course! ;)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Goodbye Pilot!




The producers and director of The Virgin of Akron Ohio.
Jordan, the writer of the pilot I shot in Vancouver this February, called me today to give me the bad news. The pilot did not get picked up. :( I'm actually really shocked because I just assumed it would. The pilot was so well done, and I figured it was perfect for Lifetime! But they have someone new heading Lifetime now, so maybe the show wasn't in sync with their new vision. Who knows. Jordan was really upset about it, and understandably so, it was his baby.
What does it mean for me? Well, since I was just a guest star (no such thing as JUST a guest star! But you know what I mean...), it just means my one and only episode will not air. They could have decided to write me in more and make me a constant character on it eventually, but at this point, I was just in that first episode. But the positive side (and there is always a positive side!) Jordan, THE WRITER, called me personally to tell me the news! That is a relationship with someone who will continue creating and making waves in this industry! Hopefully I will be on his mind for the next pilot they need to cast. Maybe I could inspire a great character in his next project....Who knows! You gotta dream big! ;)
The crazy thing is...he asked me what I've been up to and the only thing I mentioned was going to Texas for a long vacation in about a week. I didn't mention Medium, or my play that will open on Tuesday. Just my vacation! What's wrong with me??? It's obvious...I desperately need that vacation!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

No! I Will Not Clean Anymore!

Got a call yesterday to audition for a TV movie and I turned it down It was another maid role. It's time to take a stand. Even if it means I may be working less.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I'm Tired!


We open next Tuesday. In fact, we close next Tuesday. We have ONE performance of the play My Visits with MGM at UCLA. It's free admission, you would just have to pay for parking. Come check it out!
Man, I have been doing plays for about the past 20 years! (Yikes, I'm old) and I have never rehearsed so much for a play that will have ONE performance! We have been in rehearsals 5-6 days a week for 3-4 hours each day. I have not had time to sleep lately! I work all day and head straight over to UCLA for rehearsals, then I get home around 11pm...and by the time I get to bed - it's already time to wake up! Ok, not that quick - but you get the picture! I'm exhausted...and I have to admit - it's not helping with this whole "burn out" thing I'm experiencing. The only thing getting me through this whole ordeal, is knowing my birthday is coming up (this Sunday - in case you didn't know) :) and I will be going to a spa resort in Mexico with some girlfriends the following weekend. Then off to Texas for a very long time.....maybe the whole summer - we'll see.
But come check out the play! It's the first one I've done in about a year and a half. And I have a great character-y role! :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Network Audition!

I have to admit, this has been a pretty good year for me. Even though lately I have been feeling a little burned out to thepoint where I just want to move and do something else - ANYTHING else! But yesterday, after going to my 3rd audition for the Nickelodeon pilot Star and Stella Save the World, I started to reflect on all the amazing things I got to experience this year.
Let's start with this callback for "Network" yesterday. I have never been this far in the audition process for such a large role on a new show! I showed up to the executive offices in Santa Monica and I saw all the same actors who auditioned on Friday. Apparently yesterday's audition was about pairing up husbands and wives to see who matched with the daughter, the lead of the show (Stella). I went in with my 1st husband and did the scene as a family for the executives. There was no reaction from the room, which was a little nerve racking since they laughed at every line on Friday! But I'm sure they were busy scrutinizing and sizing us up to laugh. The scene went well and they asked us all to wait in the lobby until they dismissed us. They came out and told all the parents to go home except for 4 of us. They wanted to match us up differently and see the chemistry with a new partner. So it was between myself and one other woman for the mom, and two men for the dad. I did the scene again with my new husband, which I though went even better, and then we waited in the lobby some more. Then the casting director came out and said they wanted to see the husbands again, then she asked the other woman if she could stay and read with them. So I took it to mean they decided on her and wanted to see which husband matched her best - but I could be wrong!
The only worry I had was when I saw they were casting for a 16 year old son. I was the youngest mom there, and since everyone else was in their late 30's/early 40's , I had the feeling I may be too young for this role. But again - I could be wrong!
All in all, the experience was awesome! It felt nice to be narrowed down to 2 people for this role, and the best part is the role is NOT stereotypical! No accent, I'm not a maid, and it's a light and funny show. This would be a GREAT job to get!
So, after thinking about yesterday, it reminded me of the awesome experience of shooting the pilot The Virgin of Akron Ohio in the beginning of this year. Another first for me.
Both were amazing experiences and I feel like I have so much more to experience in this career. They say you should quit once it stops being fun for you - and I thought I had come to that point. But yesterday showed me I haven't. I think it was the much needed jumpstart I was looking for.
But I'm still going on a very long vacation this summer and taking it all in - day by day! :)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Happy Mother's Day Mom!


My mom with my godson Aaron on Christmas 2005.
I went to mass today and the priest was talking about Mothers and how they shape us into who we are today. When I think back to all the times my mom has been there for me, and given me endless love and understanding, I realize I am the luckiest person in the world! Happy Mother's Day mom - I'll see you soon! :)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Going to Producers

I have a callback for that Nickelodeon pilot called "Star and Stella Save the World". This is the one where I play the mom to Stella - the preteen! It's a guest star, possible recurring....all good things of course! :)
The preread went well and my callback is tomorrow at 1:30pm. And they want us off book (memorized)! I think I'm pretty perfect for the role - we'll see what they think.... :)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Watch me on Medium TONIGHT!

I forgot to post this yesterday, to give you more of a heads up, but I will be on Medium tonight on NBC at 10pm. You won't be able to miss me - the one who screams! You can actually see me for a brief second on the preview for tonight's episode if you go to: http://www.nbc.com/Medium/
I also have an audition today for a pilot on Nickelodeon. It's a Guest Star/possible recurring role, the mother to one of the kids who is a title character. Man, has it come to this? I'm "Mom" now - damn I'm getting old! hahaha I usually play moms to little kids - 5 or 6 years old - but this one sounds a bit older than that. We'll see. As long as she is not a teen - I'm too young for that!!!!! RIGHT??? Hopefully.... :)

Monday, May 07, 2007

Wicked!

Saw Wicked tonight! I have lived here for 6 years and I had never seen a show at the famous Pantages Theater - until now! It was amazing! The singing, the characters, the set, the lighting, the costumes - EVERYTHING!
It humbles you as an actor to see such amazing performances! Makes you feel like THOSE are the people who should be onstage and you're not worthy to be in the same field!
Great work! :)

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Today at Medium

1st pic: my nametag for Medium, 2nd pic: with director Aaron Lipstadt, 3rd pic: the dead body I found in the room

Well, I forgot my camera last time, so when they called me for reshoots today, I made sure I brought it! No, they didn't forget to put film in the camera! They were checking out the footage from last Friday and the producers didn't feel mlike the dead body looked real enough. They used an actual dummy and tried to make her look real, but it didn't work out so well...so this time they hired an actress to play the decapitated corpse. The green mask will disappear with the green screen and she will look headless. It looked pretty creepy up close. Everyone was really nice, as usual. I don't think I have ever had a bad experience on a set. Shoot, when you're employed - you find it pretty easy to smile! :)
Looks like this will air THIS COMING WEDNESDAY at 10pm! wow! That's the fastest turn around I have ever seen! My episode is titled "Heads Will Roll" - just in case you miss it on Wednesday and you want to check it out on NBC.com!

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Can you do that with an accent?

If I had a nickle for everytime I was asked that in an audition!
I had a last minute call for a feature film called The Woody. I went in for the maid/nanny. It was a two line role, and when I was about to go into the audition room, the casting director asked if I could do it with an accent.
Of course.....I wouldn't expect NOT to by now! :P
I went in and met the director and 3 producers and everyone seemed pretty nice. I did the scene and left.
I have a national commercial audition for Southwest scheduled for tomorrow, BUT Medium called and they need me back. Apparently they forgot to put film in the camera.....? what? - Really?
So YAY - I get another day of work! :) My calltime is 9:30am and I'm supposed to have rehearsal in the afternoon, so we'll see if I get out early enough to catch that.
Oh by the way, rehearsals are going well for the play I'm doing, "My Visits with MGM". It's too bad that it will be a one night only event. All this rehearsing for ONE NIGHT! -Which happens to be on Tuesaday, May 29th if anyone is interested in going. :)
Free admission - pay only for parking... Email me if you want more info!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Slowing Down...

I had an audition for the lead in a feature film and I turned it down. What?? Am I crazy??? Let me explain...
I just got the email last night at around 7pm, and I didn't get home to see the sides until 10pm. I noticed that both audition scenes were in spanish, with a note saying they wanted Native Spanish speakers...sooooo....since I don't speak it fluently (I'm a really good faker) - I figured I wouldn't be able to do the part the way they wanted. Plus, I'm sure someone else would've fit the description more closely than myself: mother between 30-40 yrs old who ONLY speaks Spanish! So I walked away from this one. And it's ok... :)
After 6 years of living in this town, immersed in this industry, you sometimes need a BREAK. So after I'm finished with this play at the end of this month, I'm flying to Texas for a bit. Not sure how long, but I'll be sure to relax and think nothing about Hollywood, or my career, or LA.... I think I really do need it.