Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Floating on a Freakin Cloud!

Today was the day I went back in for my second round of the pilot: The Emancipation of Ernesto. This time, the casting director brought in 4 other girls to go up against me for the role. I was the second one brought in, and again, Wilmer was a little late, so he missed my audition! Again!
:( And just like the first time, he JUST missed it. He walked in right after I was done. Damn.
But I do have to say that I thought my audition went really well. I wasn't nervous, and I did everything like before, but slightly better! ;) haha And with a thicker accent! Afterwards, the writer, Emily, complimented me generously and with every compliment I kept expecting a "but..." at the end - and there wasn't one!! I smiled and thanked them for bringing me in again, and off I went. Smiling to myself...and wishing Wilmer had gotten there just a couple of minutes earlier. oh well.
I guess that didn't hurt me much because an hour or so later I received a call from my manager that I am invited back next week to SCREEN TEST for the studio and network. Apparently this is what we have all been waiting for! It is narrowed down to two of us for the role, and when Tuesday rolls around, my contract should be negotiated, reviewed by an attorney, and signed. Crazy!
I have never been through this part of the process! It is so exciting!!!
Please, keep me in your thoughts and prayers!
My biggest dream could be fulfilled!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

On the Horizon

It's been a pretty slow week. I've been trying to stay productive and keep busy with some things that need to get done. I'm trying to design a postcard for my Prison Break airing (Sept 1st) and I've been refilling my manager's stash of headshots on me. Gotta make sure they have enough to keep submitting me! :)
Well, while I was in the office on Friday, my manager pulled me aside to talk about the possible series regular contract that I could be signing. Wow! She talked about how the contract would probably be for 7 years, and how I may want to hire a attorney to look it over, and to consider things like exclusivity clauses which limit my other work on different networks if I book this role. As I tried to stay focused and professional, my mind was being blown away at the thought of me possibly BOOKING this role and my biggest dream being fulfilled!! It's crazy to feel even this close to it! I'm trying not to get too excited about it, just in case it doesn't go my way....I'd hate to feel that huge disappointment! But it makes me feel good that my manager is pretty confident about me and feels like this really could be mine! Nice! I feel the same way - I just try not to say that outloud too much! hahaha Just in case....
Well, I thought I would be going in again this week to meet the other producers, but it looks like they are seeing a couple of other different roles and I won't be called in until next week.
Surprisingly, I feel very calm and at peace about this job. Not really nervous or unsure. I feel we'll see what happens. :)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Boston Legal Today

I had a preread for Boston Legal this morning at 10am. I had planned to drive back into the Valley and have lunch with a friend of mine who I haven't seen in a while. But after my audition, I was asked to come back for producers at 2pm. :) And since it was all the way down in Manhattan Beach, I decided to hang around and wait until 2pm. No sense in driving all the way to LA and back by 2. So I went shopping and spent money (oops!) and had a really good turkey wrap at the Bristol Farms deli and went back to the studio for my callback.
It went ok for the producers. It was a small role, and even though I felt a little "off", it wasn't that bad.... eh... We'll see.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Steel Panther and The Two Kyles

The band Steel Panther.
Me with Kyle Brandt and then with Kyle Lowder, my Days of Our Lives HUNKS!

Ok, this week I checked out 80's hair band cover band Steel Panther at The Key Club. First of all, I have to say, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!~ They sang songs from Bon Jovi, Poison, Whitesnake, and the hair band list goes on and on...
But the HIGHLIGHT of the night was when I met Brady anbd Philip at the Rainbow Room before the show. Ok, if you are a huge Days of Our Lives fan like me, then you completely understand my excitement at meeting these two - and why I refer to them as their characters! haha
Brady, who is played by Kyle Lowder, and Phillip, who is played by Kyle Brandt were so nice and gracious and allowed me to take my photo with them. :)
And they were both very easy on the eyes!
Again, the highlight of my night! :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Series Regular Audition TODAY!

Wilmer Valderamma, executive producer and star of The Emancipation of Ernesto

Well, I'm not in South I guess I didn't get that part. :( Damn... I would've loved to spend 12 days in South America!!!!
But, I DID have my audition this morning for that series regular role on the Wilmer Valderamma pilot for Fox!! And it went pretty awesome!!! :)
ok, so I got there pretty early. (Wasn't sure how traffic would be at that time, and I didn't want to risk it!) The casting director came out and greeted me with a great big hug and asked if I remembered HIM! Of course I do! I've known him ever since I moved to LA and started taking workshops. He's brought me in a few times before and I've tried to stay in contact with him through postcards periodically. He mentioned that he saw me on Weeds a couple of weeks ago and I gently reminded him of my Prison Break episode that will air next month (Sept 1st)! He gave me a quick note about the character and show and I waited a few more minutes before they called me in.
When I walked into the room, I met his partner who I've also met a while back, and the writer/producer of this pilot, Emily Kapnek. Everyone was so nice and they all laughed during my audition! Which is good...since it was a comedy! hehe
Afterwards, G. said "And that was Lydia Blanco!!", which I took as a compliment because it seemed like he was pretty proud of me. Awww..... I said my goodbyes and opened the door to leave, and Mr. Valderamma himself was standing right there. I smiled and said hello, he said hello, and entered the room as I left. Damn it - he missed my audition! Good thing they recorded it so he can check it out later. He is one of the executive producers for this show, and of course, the star. :)
I left the studio lot feeling REALLY good about the audition. I don't want to jinx myself and say that this is it - this is MINE....But I DID feel pretty damn good about it! ;)
I got a call from my manager not even an hour later, saying that the casting director called and said they had only brought in two girls for this role, and I was the only one that they liked! Wow. They want to bring me back in to meet another group of producers, but we are not sure when just yet. I just have to work on my accent in the second scene. I wasn't sure how thick I should do it, so I played it safe and did it very americanized - with a hint of an accent. Stupid me! I should have just done a thick one on my first try! Oh well... Good thing they are bringing me in again, so I can show them what they want! :) YAY!!!
I feel good about this project. I read the majority of the script and it's pretty hilarious! :)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

South America??

So I could be in South America tomorrow!
My manager called me today about a role for a new show that is shooting in South America and flying there tomorrow! No audition, they are casting from demo reels! My manager sent mine to their office and now we're just waiting to see if I get the call that I'm flying to South America tomorrow for 10 or 11 days! :) That would be AWESOME!!!! The casting office is the same one that cast me in my pilot that I shot in Vancouver last year! So there is a good chance...we'll see.
Then my manager called me 30 minutes later about a series regular audition for Thursday! Nice! So if I'm not in South America, then maybe it's because I need to book this pilot! Fingers are crossed!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

I'm Back - and Ready to Work!

Well, I'm back from vacation. :) I had a great time seeing my family and standing in my friend's wedding. It was a nice break. I'm back in town and just playing the waiting game to see if we are going on strike. I hope we don't - but at the same time, I hope we get a good deal. So we'll see what happens.
No auditions lined up as of yet - but that's expected during the summer. Hopefully I'll get to book a movie this summer. :)