Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Monday, June 28, 2010

Now I'll Try Producing...

It's been a crazy past couple of weeks!
Aside from my moving, which is keeping me busy enough, I still had my acting class with Howard Fine going all of June. I had a great month in class doing Neil Simon with a new scene partner. We challenged ourselves and although we had a rough start with our critiques, we ended June on a high note. We get a few weeks off, but we will be back and working on it again in August. :)
This past weekend, I was on set of the new webseries The Best Friend. I came on as one of the producers for my friends who created it, Marilyn Anne Michaels and Allie Smith. This was my first foray into producing but because of my business sense, love of numbers, love of communicating with people, experience on TONS of different kinds of sets, and problem solving skills, I felt like producing may just be my cup of tea. It was a rough start on Friday, trying to figure out everything and managing a slew of different personalities - but by the end of the weekend, I felt it was a successful shoot. We had some really great professional crew members that impressed me. And it was actually FUN. :) We have a quick scene to shoot on Tuesday, and then we are done for a bit. We still need to get the next 6 episodes done in July.
Hopefully this week will keep me busy with auditions and other new opportunities!
Hello Summer!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Ah, Friday was pretty amazing!
I worked on the Untitled Ivan Reitman Film on Friday of last week. I had a great time, and everyone I worked with was really awesome! :) But let me just say...Natalie Portman is probably the lovliest actress I have ever worked with! She is just so physically beautiful of course, but she is also the sweetest person ever! :) I did get to see Ashton Kutcher for a bit...he was pretty nice and funny as well. The biggest treat was meeting and chatting with Cary Elwes!. Ah, I remember him fondly from The Princess Bride and Robin Hood, Men in Tights. He was a joy to work with.
And Ivan Reitman was AWESOME! Love that man! It was an honor to be alongside a great cast and crew and such an incredible director! I'm truly humbled!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Vacation is Over...

I had a very long vacation and am happy to be back home. I missed an audition while I was in Texas, for a TV movie. :( Oh time.
I'm trying to get back into my routine now, but I still feel like I'm on vacation! I will post pictures of my work on the set of Little Birds. And of course, I'm not allowed to take pics of my next job - nor talk about it, so I guess there's nothing to say about that - except I'm working on June 18th... hehe :)
The short film I was casting, Scratcher, has been put on hold until we find the star of the movie that the director and executive producer feel is right. So I will keep an eye out wherever I go. Maybe at Starbucks...
I should be back teaching acting to my students over at Actorsite next week, which I'm looking forward to. And I'm dying to do a play. A good one. A really good role in a really good theater with really good people... Any leads??