Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Holidays

Wow - I feel like I've been on vacation forever!! I flew into Austin last Wednesday, December 19th and here in Corpus for a week. And I kinda miss home, if truth be told. I'm not sure why...I won't be doing much when I get there. The writer's strike is still happening and I would just be trying to get some subbing work scheduled. My parents are vacationing in California for a week or two when I get back, so I will be entertaining guests right after the holidays. My life will just have to wait a bit before going back to normal!
I can't wait until the new year!
2008 is going to be GREAT! I can just feel it! I plan on working my butt off and being more focused this year!
Nothing but good things to come... :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Just Another Weekend in Hollywood.. ;)

On Saturday I saw a screening of Grace is Gone and they had a Q & A with John Cusack afterwards. I have always loved him, ever since Say Anything... Well, before that screening, I was having brunch with some friends in Santa Monica and I saw Michael Keaton eating there. Two celebrity sightings in one day - that was pretty nice! And Batman no less! :)
But Sunday night, I was at a holiday party at Shemar Moore's house and that was the perfect way to end my "Hollywood Weekend"! Such a beautiful house for such a beautiful man! ...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Two Great Movies!

Let me just say that I had the opportunity to go to advance screenings of Sweeney Todd and The Great Debators this week - and OMG! - they were awesome! I absolutely LOVED Sweeney Todd!!! Johnny Depp was GREAT and so was Helena Bonham Carter! And Tim Burton did some amazing visual things with this film! And The Great Debators was REALLY good. It had a nice strong cast!
Go see them - both - when they open!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Two Auditions This Week

I had two commercial auditions this week. One for a Washington Mutual where I had to dance the cha cha cha with two different dance partners. That was fun! :) And another for a Jack n the Box commercial where I had to play a bridesmaid holding back the bride who wanted to kill Jack. Two fun spots. Didn't hear back from them though....Oh well.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I Hope You Didn't Blink!

I saw my episode of Notes From the Underbelly last night. I was in the very beginning of it and it was over very fast. :( You know what's weird about this business? I have been here for 7 years (almost) and I started off here doing background work and have worked my way "up" to booking roles on tv and film. And after all the auditioning I do, and stressing out, and praying that I book a job - when I do, it's all over so very quickly. Sometimes a job I book is such a small role that it wasn't that much different than being an extra, except with that whole "having a line" thing - and auditioning for the role... :)
I have to admit it's a little frustrating at times. I feel like throwing my hands up in the air and shouting "Just give me my own show already!!!!" :) But I know it will all come in due time. Everything happens as it's supposed to, right? hmm...I hope so...
I spoke to my manager today and she told me that Speilberg on Speilberg DVD that I'm featured in came in already. I have to pick it up this week. :) I'm so curious to see what was used.
I'm still waiting to hear if I officially booked Eli Stone. Still on "Avail" as of now...
And UGH...the strike!!! I wish it was over already! Things do not look good. They were at the negotiating table until recently. The studios are not budging. Pilot season looks very bleak... :( maybe I should do a play. somewhere.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Finally my "Notes From the Underbelly" Episode AIRS!!

My episode titled "Heather's Visit" will air Monday, December 10th, at 9:30pm on ABC (8:30pm Central). Look for me as (SURPRISE!) "Maria" the Mexican restaurant hostess. :) You can also see a quick clip on the ABC website.
I shot that over a year ago and it's barely airing! Wow!
ER is set to air late January, episode "Atonement".

Monday, December 03, 2007

My Busy Day!

Today was pretty stressful!
I got a call around 5pm on Friday that I had an audition for today at 1pm. Straight to producers for Eli Stone - again! :) (YAY! I love that this office keeps calling me in for this show - now if I would just book an episode already!) :) I was stressed because I didn't have time to cancel my subbing work for today so I showed up to work and told them my situation and they let me leave during lunch to do the audition. I told them I would try and be back around 1:30 - making me a half hour late from lunch.
I zoomed to the UDK Casting office and got there by 12:45pm! I was early!!! I sat and waited - and waited - and waited some more! Finally, around 1:15pm, and because a friend let me go ahead of her since she knew I had to get back to work, I finally was getting called in to audition. Then, right as I was about to walk into the room - the casting director asks if its ok that the producers take a 5 minute break before they see the next group of actors!! of course, they would need to take a break right before I go in when I'm in a hurry to get back to work! haha So after their 5 minute break - which was really 10 minutes - I go into the audition room.
I had written "Just Booked ER!" on my resume before I walked in and I had handed it to a gentleman in the right side of the room, whom I assumed was one of the producers. He read it and congratulated me on the booking. :) Then he asked me who the director was on my episode! Of course he would! I mean, my memory is horrible enough as it is, and under all this stress and pressure of being put on the spot - I couldn't for the life of me remember the director's name!!! ARGH!!!! (It's Stephen Cragg, by the way!)
So as I stumbled about trying to remember the man's name, the director and producer start to tease me about the importance of remembering the director AND producer's name and even joked that the audition was over before it even started! OUCH! I laughed and said that I was so focused on THIS opportunity that I blocked everything else out! haha Yeah, nice save! So I went ahead and did my scene. They asked for it again, without any adjustments really - just to see it again, I guess. It went really well and I was out the door as fast as I could. I made it back to work 20 minutes later than I anticipated! :( Oh well...
Then I headed over to Santa Monica by 3:30pm for a last minute commercial audition for Dodge Crysler. That went well also. :)
By the time I got to my car, I had a message from my agent telling me I was put "On Avail" for Eli Stone! YAY!!!! That just means they have to check my availability and check their tentative shooting dates and make final casting decisions before I actually BOOK the job - but it's pretty damn close! :) And of course, the dates for my Avail is December 11 thru the 22nd....and my plane ticket to Texas for the holidays is December 19th! Hopefully they will take into consideration my travel plans and BOOK me for a date sometime before the 19th! :) If not, I don't mind changing my flight to work on one more show before the end of the year! :)