Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I Got a Job!

Director Ivan Reitman (on the right) with his son, director of Up in the Air Jason Reitman

YAY!!! I booked my next feature film! I'm playing a nurse in Ivan Reitman's next film, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman!
I tell you, the worst thing about being an actor is, you never know if you will get another job. The next job is never promised to you, so its a nice surprise when you book something. Actually, its more than a nice surprise - its peace of mind. You will no longer be "out of work" - well, at least for a day. :) Then its back to being unemployed. But, let's not focus on that now. I got a job!!!!
I work in June and I can't wait! It makes it easier to travel and move during the summer knowing I have some income coming in! :)
YAY! I needed my next big movie because The Holiday and The Terminal residual checks were starting to dry up. I can't wait until I start collecting the residuals on this film! Is that too premature? To think about the residuals before the film even has a title?? nah...

Monday, April 26, 2010

Big Friday

Friday we had a new casting session and callbacks for Scratcher. We have had some really good talent come in for this film. We have been really lucky. We had top three favorites from last week, and have replaced two of those three with a new favorite. So now we are down to two actors who could play this role. We just have to make a decision. This is so hard!!!!! Because your film is only as good as your lead actor. If he can't carry this film, then there goes the film!

Now, Friday, before I stepped into my casting shoes for these sessions, I had on my actor shoes and headed to a callback with Ivan Reitman. In case some of you who don't know, Ivan is the man behind such classics like Animal House, Ghostbusters, Stripes, and Twins! :) I had a good audition and he said I was good - that was nice... Now we will have to wait and see if I will be playing a nurse in his next movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman! Fingers crossed!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Last Friday

Friday was our first official casting session for SCRATCHER. We started at 10:30am and saw about 17 actors. It was a very productive and interesting day! We ended the day with about three actors we felt strongly about. All for different reasons. The funny thing was I picked one, the writer picked another, and the director picked another! Depending on which kid we cast, the movie could be three different films!
It was pretty exciting! I'm loving this process!
We're not entirely finished. We're still seeing people and possibly setting up callbacks soon. We're shooting in just two short months.

Saturday I took a UCLA Extensions course called Careers in Entertainment: How to go from Assistant/Intern to Studio Executive. It was very informative! We met lots of big executives and had the opportunity to ask them how they got to where they are now. It sparked an interest in maybe TV development in myself. Maybe my next internship will be in a development office to see if that is a possible path.

But I know this casting path is a good one for me. I'm loving it so far! :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Casting Director: Lydia Blanco

This week I am a casting director. Officially.
I am casting a short film for my friend Alex Castillo, called Scratcher. I had originally wanted to be part of the producing team on this project (I guess technically I still am), but after my internship in Risa's casting office, and my interest in casting, he decided for me to take on this role. It's pretty damn exciting. :)
We put out the breakdown yesterday and have had 50 submissions so far. I'm going through them this week and setting up appointments for Friday.
So much is happening with me right now. I guess with Spring here, I'm doing a very thorough spring cleaning. I'm planning to sell most of my stuff, if not all, and go on an adventure of some sort. Travel, see other places, live somewhere else, DO something else - take a break from this industry they call "Entertainment". Minimize my life and possessions and really enjoy life.
It's scary and exciting at the same time.
I guess after 9 years in LA, I just want something different. A vacation. It could be could be a couple of months. Who knows? :)
But first - this project. It shoots in June, so my big changes will happen after that.
Back to work

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Ok, this is my horoscope for today:

You're not exactly frustrated or despondent, but you do want to see some changes happen. Now is the time to think big and try to plot out the course of the next phase of your life.

Hmmm...pretty right on, isn't it? I think I'll take its advice and think BIG :)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Changes Are A'Happenin

Ok, time to get you up to speed with what's been happening lately..
I've had a couple of auditions this week for short films and a webseries.
One of the short films is an action film which would be a nice addition to my reel. I have a chemistry read with the actor who would be playing my boyfriend tomorrow afternoon.
The webseries was called The B Gate and it was written by Rick Najera from Latinologues and executive produced by Jennifer Lopez. The character was hilarious but we were paired up with another actor, and we just didn't have the chemistry to make it work. He didn't seem very comfortable with his character, or comedy actually, and our audition didn't go as well as I had hoped. Oh well - there are just some things you can't control. It would've been fun to be a part of this project.
I interviewed for another casting internship last week.
I'm also the casting director of a short film that a friend is producing and directing and we will be having auditions at the end of next week. Trying to keep as busy as possible...
Yet - seriously considering a temporary move somewhere. I've been thinking of taking a year and just going somewhere else. At first I thought of Austin, since I've lived there before and LOVED it! Then I figured maybe I needed something different from what I know already. So I've been tossing around the idea of going to NYC for a bit. I've visited twice but have never lived there. That would be different and exciting! Going back to my roots and doing some great theater. Maybe that will help me get out of this career funk I've been feeling lately.
Or, hell - I could even go to another country and not do anything with the industry for a year - maybe teach English in Spain? France? Italy? Somewhere...
Who knows... I have the freedom to go anywhere and do anything and I just don't want to feel stuck in the same place, doing the same thing - and not feeling fulfilled.
Maybe all I need to a vacation somewhere exotic. Hmmm..
I AM heading to Playa Del Carmen next month, and a road trip to Texas for a few weeks - maybe that will do it. We'll see...

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Awkward Situations For Men

1st pic: Matt Letscher, me, and Danny Wallace
2nd pic: with Laura Prepon
3rd pic: with Michael Braun, who plays Laura's assistant on the show
4th pic: with Tony Hale and Jay Cramer

5th pic: Michael with Brian George
last pic: the set

I wrapped Awkward Situations on Monday of this week. I had a great time being employed and working with these awesome people. :)
Now I'm back to looking for a job - both casting and acting...