Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Friday, March 28, 2008

Days Like These...

Well, what can I say about yesterday? It was awesome!!! :) I can get used to days like these...
My first audition of the day was for Little Britain and it went very well. The guy who was the reader in the room actually noticed on my resume that I was in Curb Your Enthusiasm. I guess that sparked his memory, because he asked if I played Maria, Larry's housekeeper. The casting associate asked what episode and the reader proceeded to explain my whole episode and said it was his favorite. That was very flattering. Then I did my audition, and had a great read. She gave me an adjustment, which I did pretty well, and that was it. I left feeling very good about that audition. :)
Then I was off to audition for Lost. I was there early so I worked on my sides some more in my car. When I walked into the audition room, the casting associate said she thought she had cast me in Lost already and was looking on my resume and couldn't find the credit. I told her that I was "pinned" before, but hadn't booked Lost - YET. :) I had a good first read and she gave me an adjustment, and I did that pretty well. Then I was off to my next one.
I stopped by my manager's office to pick up a check and chatted a little about my auditions and about the BIG one that was next. The series regular for Kath and Kim. I headed off to Universal Studios about a half hour earlier than my audition time. Good thing I did, because when I got there, I couldn't get on the lot. Apparently they moved and I was given the wrong location for the audition. I called my manager and she gave me the new address which was on Sunset in Hollywood. I had 25 minutes to get there now. I was nervous that I would be late, but she put in a call for me to let them know the situation.
I got there fast. 10 minutes early for my audition time and I only saw two other girls that were reading for my same character. Neither one was my type. I went in and did a preread with Collin (Daniel)and Bret (Greenstein). I felt really good about it. He asked for only half the scene when I walked in, which was fine. That first half was the part I was most comfortable with anyway. My energy was high and I hit all my jokes and beats, so all in all it was a good audition. They laughed at my funny moments, but afterwards they were hard to read. They didn't give any adjustments. They thanked me for coming in and that was it. Not quite sure how they felt about it at the end. I felt good about it. I think my audition was good enough to get me the callback, but we'll see.
By the time I got home, I had a tension headache from all the excitement and stress from the day. I was exhausted!
I rested for a bit and headed off to see a friend of mine (Fanny Veliz) in a play: Real Women Have Curves - The Musical. It was nice to be surprised with other friends of mine in the cast. Tina D'marco who played my mom in the same production 2 years ago in Santa Barbara, reprised her role. And my friend Danny Bolero, who I worked on the short film Graveyard Shift, was also in this show. It was great to see them all in this workshop production of the new musical. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Music to My Ears!!!

Man, I am SO incredibly happy right now!! First I got the call last night that I have an audition on Thursday (tomorrow) for a recurring role on HBO's new series Little Britain. I was so happy just to get an audition right now! I cancelled my subbing for tomorrow and was excited to see what the role was. I read the sides and I was thrilled to see it was a role I could be PERFECT for! Seriously! :)
THEN, today, I get a call from my manager letting me know they emailed me information for ANOTHER audition I have for tomorrow! And before I could celebrate and be excited that I have TWO auditions in one day - they call back within 2 minutes to say I have yet, ANOTHER audition for tomorrow. That makes THREE auditions - all in one day!! Man, I love it! And the best part is, they are all GREAT roles! HUGE auditions for me.
The first one of the day is Little Britain, which is that recurring role. Then my second audition of the day is for a SERIES REGULAR for a new pilot starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair called Kath and Kim. And I have to say I'm pretty damn perfect for this one too!! And last but not least is a nice sized co-star role of a nurse on LOST which shoots in Hawaii!!!!!! And I've played a nurse before, so I'm perfect again! haha :) It's a win-win-win situation!
My manager teased me about how I threw it out into the universe that I really wanted auditions and now they came swarming in. So now, I just have to put it out into the universe that I want to book them all! I hate to sound selfish - but hell - why not? I want them all! I mean, even if I book just one, it would be great - but I'm shooting for the trifecta!
Wish me broken legs tomorrow! I'm going to LOVE running around from audition to audition all day! That's how my life should be always! Nah, I take that back. My life should be me running off to the set everyday - because I'm working steadily! Yeah, that's what it should be like!
(sigh) - I'm on top of the world right now. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


I wish I could write that I was busy working on set all day, but no. I did not get the job. No biggie. Honestly, I was just really happy to get the audition in the first place! It had been way too long. Felt good to be back in the game...
Tomorrow: Disneyland! Just what I need to keep the good vibes flowing! :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It Went Well...

It went well. I got there really early...I guess I was too excited that I had an audition in the first place! haha I noticed there were a lot of different types there, so it was evident that they weren't specific on what they were looking for. It could be "anyone's game".
I went in there, did my thing, felt good and relaxed. That's all I could hope for. It's 6pm now, and I haven't heard from them yet, and it works tomorrow. oh well. I'm just hoping my other drops yesterday generate more auditions!
I showed my neice all over this town for the past 2 days and I am tired of driving already! Damn this town is big! I forget since I'm so used to driving around all the time! We may take the day off tomorrow and just hang out at home and chill. Need a break from all the running around. :)

First Theatrical Audition of the Year!!!!!!

YAY!!!! I'm SO SO SO happy!
Today I decided to be proactive and get in my car and drive around town dropping off my headshot and resume at different offices that were casting roles for me right now. I ended up dropping 8 photos for roles I can definately BOOK! :) Well, a couple of hours after I left one office, I received an email setting up an audition for tomorrow. It shoots on Wednesday. It's a pilot directed by Zach Braff, and the role if a funny, dry one. I would love to book this! Wish me luck! :)

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Still Waiting for an Audition

Wow, I'm really trying to stay positive, even though today is March 15th and I've had one commercial audition all year - and nothing else! :( I was thinking back to last year and by this time, I had shot a Guest star role on The Virgin of Akron pilot in Vancouver. Two weeks of work in Canada! Wow, I was on top of the world! Well, like I always say, this career definately has it's ups and downs. And since I feel like I'm in the downward swing - there's nowhere to go but UP - right?
I did see a few projects that I'd like to submit myself for, regardless if my manager and agent have already threw my hat in the ring for them. On Monday I plan to hit the pavement and drop off at those offices, praying to generate an audition or something!
My neice is coming into town today for her Spring Break, so it will be nice to have family around for Easter. :)
The upside to all this "free time" I've been having lately (due to no auditions or work), I have been hitting the gym pretty hard. :) Lost 4 pounds last week. Cool!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Reaching Goals

When I first started dreaming of becoming an actress, my "ultimate" goal was to be able to say that my profession was an "actor". That I could make a living doing, what seemed to be, the impossible. I used to dream of writing in the word "Actress" under "occupation" on any paperwork that I would fill out. That was my measure of success. That's the point where I can say I have made my dream come true.
Well, I have been here for 7 years and the first couple of years were definately a struggle. I made barely any money as an actress, if any at all! Then, things started to change and I began to work more as an actress and less as a substitute teacher. And every year the scales would tip even further in favor of the acting.
This year, as I prepare my taxes, I realize that for the past couple of years, I have made a decent living as an ACTRESS. Yes, I still substitute teach, but it's more of a part time job for extra money now.
So I just had to smile to myself at the realization of finally reaching that important goal - that "unattainable" dream.
It feels good to know that I made it happen. :)

I heard a great quote today:
"Brick walls are there to prove to ourselves how much we want it."

So true.