Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Monday, August 31, 2009

Booked SOUTHLAND!!!!!


YAY! You have no idea how bad I needed this booking! haha
And the best part is, I love this show! It's a new cop show on NBC starring Regina King, C Thomas Howell, and Benjamin McKenzie. I play a bank manager and its guest star billing! WHOOOHOOO!!! That's the best part actually! ;)
I have an audition tomorrow for Two and a Half Men, so maybe I will be on a "roll"! We'll see! :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day Job

Well, it's come to that time.
For the past 8 1/2 years I have had a safety net called a "day job" while I pursued my acting career. I have been a substitute teacher ever since I got here to LA and it has kept me above water for a while, even been my only source of income when I first moved here. Well, the day I left out of town, July 1st, my teaching credential had expired. I didn't know this until I got back 6 weeks later and read the letter in my mailbox. I tried calling the sub office to see if I can get reinstated and left messages for almost 3 weeks since I've been back. I finally talked to someone on Friday, and they refused to reinstate me, saying too much time has passed since the expiration. I was told I could reapply as a new hire - which is funny because there is a hiring freeze and the school district is NOT hiring any new teachers at all! See, that's been the big problem considering all the lay offs and newly graduated and credentialed teachers who are all out of a job - or can't find one.
So, now I'm officially working without a net.
And it scares the crap out of me because even though I can make a decent living on solely my acting career, I like that security of having another optin of an income if I desired. So, I can register with temp agencies, apply for a "job" job or just hope everything works out fine. Yeah. Pretty scary.
the good news is, I've been averaging at least 2 auditions a week since I've been back. haven't booked anything yet though. :(
And I'm really enjoying my class with Howard Fine, I'm just trying to figure out if I can actually afford to take the next one that starts in 3 weeks! Yikes! We'll see...
Yeah, in this economy, you don't want to lose any kind of job.
I have faith that it will work out. It always does. :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Criminal Minds and Southland Auditions!

Ok, this week has been a really good week. Found out I was heading straight to producers for Criminal Minds on Tuesday with Scott David and April Webster Casting. YAY! Possible guest star role! The problem was I had Howard's class starting at 2pm until 6pm and the audition was at 4:30pm. So once again, I had to slip out of class, take care of an audition, and make it back in time to get the scene assignments/homework for Friday. I did it! But the audition went just ok. It could've gone better actually. I think I was a little in my head, which is exactly what Howard teaches you NOT to do! I think I was a little distracted by how wordy my scene was and halfway through I was thinking to myself if the producers were still paying attention! Not a good thing when I'm supposed to be "in the moment". Oh well. It was horrible, just was fantastic.
Then today I had another "straight to producers" audition - this time for Southland with John Levey Casting (from ER). Its one of my new favorite shows on NBC! Awesome! The role is a little smaller than what I would have loved to have done on this show - but again, I just need to work at the moment, so I can't be too picky. This one went better. So we'll see...
Class is going great! Gives me work to do during the week, and something to focus on. Just what I need!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Today - Last Minute Auditions

Just came back from 2 last minute auditions for Castle and Ghost Whisperer. Well, I knew about Castle yesterday afternoon, but the Ghost Whisperer didn't come to me until 20 minutes before I walked out the door for the Castle one. They were calling to reschedule the audition for Monday, and I didn't even know I was scheduled for it to begin with! Luckily, its the same casting office and they agreed to put me on tape for both shows. So, the Ghost Whisperer audition was a very cold read. I actually didn't do bad....Now I'm off to my Howard Fine class. =)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This Week

I had two auditions last week. One for a commercial and one for a new show called Modern Family. Both went well, even though I'm not updating my blog with a BOOKING! It's been slow this week. I've been focusing on my time in class. I started class with Howard Fine last week and it's been really great! I work very well with Howard's style and methods. It makes me realize just how much I have stopped doing for my craft. It's easy to become lazy and stop practicing - whether you're busy "working" or not. I needed something to reignite my fire, and Aaseamah's Journey definately did that, and this class is a great way to keep it burning!
Now, if I can just become really busy with auditions! =)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Monk is Airing!!!


My episode of Monk titled Mr. Monk and the Foreign Man is airing tomorrow, Friday August 14th, on USA at 9pm Pacific time. I play Maria Fuentes and I had an amazing time working with Tony and the rest of the cast and crew on one of the episodes of their final season! It was the first time I had a stunt double and a body double and got to play dead!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Pics





On Set of Aaseamah's Journey





Monday, August 03, 2009

M.I.A.

First of all, my apologies to those who read this blog regularly. I try not to go too long before I update this. I've been wanting to wait until I can post pictures from the film shoot before I updated, but I thought I would write something to hold everyone over until the pics come! :)
I can't believe I have been away from California for almost a month now! When I left on July 1st, I was looking forward to my extended "vacation" even though I knew I would be working for the first week and a half of July. I've been back in Corpus Christi for 3 weeks now, visiting my family and friends. It's been nice, but I am SO looking forward to going back home next Monday and getting back to work! Every so often I need a break like this to remind me how great my life and career really are - and I appreciate it much more when I get back! :)
The film shoot went AWESOME! I was so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing cast and crew! Everyone was so nice and professional! And Iowa was beautiful! they get lots of rain there, so everything was green and plush! then I come to Texas where there has been a drought and a heatwave and the grass is brown and dry. :( Hopefully things will get better soon! rain rain PLEASE COME!
Shooting Aaseamah's Journey was very much a learning experince for me - and the much needed "fire starter" that was missing! I was very nervous about tackling the "4th lead" of a feature film! Even though this character was written with me in mind, I wasn't sure I had what it took anymore to pull out a great peformance. Needless to say, confidence was lagging.
Then, with the excitement of working with my good friends Jennifer and Marlo, and being in Iowa for their project, somehow the character just "came to me" and everything just fell into place. It felt so good and comfortable. :)
I came back to Texas and signed up for my Howard Fine classes and I'm ready to hit the ground running.
Things are good. Very good.
I'm very optimistic. :)
I'll post pics soon, and promise to not let an entire MONTH go by again without an update!