Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Where's My Audience?

I saw In the Heights again this weekend. I love that show! My friend Danny Bolero is in it and he is having an amazing time travelling all over the world! He's heading to Japan in the next couple of months! Awesome! And he has a great role in it! Not to mention is amazing in it! :)
I took a friend of mine who is actually from Washington Heights to see the play for his first time. I was nervous because he doesn't like musicals much and he may be critical of the play considering its his hood. But he really loved it! That was awesome! And we had the opportunity to go backstage with Danny and walkonto the Pantages stage. It's simply breathtaking!
Ok, so yesterday I had an audition for a series regular role on a new half hour sitcom. It was to play the best friend to the lead girl and it was a great character! Some really funny lines! I worked on it all weekend and felt really confident about the work I was doing with it. First of all, let me explain...the character is described as hippy-ish. She's a holistic healer who doesn't care for a lot of makeup or heels. That was described in the breakdown. So, I walk into the auditon room and was surprised to see so many actresses up for the same role - in HEELS and glam makeup. I'm talking, damn near everyone - but me - and maybe one other actress. I thought maybe they changed the description of the character at the last minute and I didn't know. So I felt good about that - thinking, I may be exactly perfect for this role in comparison.
I walked in, I felt really good about my read - the only problem was - I didn;t feel really good about their reaction. I had 4 people in the room, 2 women just watching, 1 running the camera, and a guy reading with me. I hit some of my funny lines....AND SILENCE. Ouch. Something didn't seem right - I mean, I'm pretty damn funny! My timing was right on - you're SUPPOSED to laugh. Hmm... I thought that maybe they hated me. Maybe they didn't think I was so funny or right for the role. I don't know. I walked out feeling not as confident as I walked in. The rest of my day was shot - I have to say. :(
I mean, who knows... It's not unheard of that the office doesn't react but they abolutely love you. I'm just not going to think about it anymore, and if they call me - they call me. End of story.
If I booked this, it would shoot in Atlanta, so I would probably have to relocate.
Everything happens for a reason...
We'll see what happens here.

I'm just an actor - we need an audience. Always.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Quiet Before the Storm?

After about a couple of weeks of quiet time... No auditions, nothing - I finally get a good one for Monday! I'm auditioning for a great funny series regular role on a new half hour sitcom pilot! YES! This would be PERFECT! Fingers crossed!!
Hopefully this means it's about to get BUSIER for me!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Busy Summer

Ok, a lot has happened this week to catch you up on! I really do have to be better about writing in this blog regularly. I will try... :)
I was the reader for Casting Director Arlie Day last week for a workshop. I remembered she was working on a feature film called Mamitas last time I saw her. Well, I casually inquired about the film and if she was done casting. She said she was looking for someone to play a nurse role. I casually informed her of my nurse role on the Untitled Ivan Reitman film that I just wrapped. :) She said even though I was a bit younger than what she was looking for (a nurse in her 40s), but she wanted to audition me the following day! I went in and did a pretty great job - so we'll see... :)
I attended the wrap party for the Ivan Reitman film, but because of that workshop I was doing with Arlie, I showed up a bit late. :( It started at 8 and I didn't get there until almost 11. I was hoping to see Natalie and Cary there since I talked the most to them on set. I didn't see them, or Ivan, but I did see Ashton and Lake Bell. I didn't stay long since it seemed like people were starting to leave. But it was still fun for the hour I was there. :)
We are gearing up to shoot the next three episodes of The Best Friend next weekend. I am billed as "Producer" on these episodes instead of "Line Producer". That's nice :) I've been trying to find a great location to shoot one of our exteriors, trying to get friends to loan me their wedding dresses for a scene, and find set pieces for our bridal shop scene. It's been going well, I just wish there were more hours in the day! I feel so busy lately!
This morning I helped out at the Howard Fine Studio for Deborah Gibson's (yes, as in DEBBIE Gibson's) Electric Youth camp. My friend from the studio, Patrick, is organizing it and needed my help stage managing this morning. It was pretty awesome! This camp is like a performers Intensive Camp. They have classes in Improv, Monologues, Singing, Musical Theater, Stand Up, songwriting, dance, everything! And every hour and a half they rotate into a new class with a new teacher - and that goes on all week! I'll be sure to be there on Friday when they have the showcase for their families! I got to see a few kids stand up and sing acapella in one class - and WOW, they are great! Little broadway stars in the making! Deborah is very sweet by the way - and looks great! :)
I've had a couple of commercial auditions this week, and my agent called with a Dexter audition for tomorrow which I passed on. It needed me to speak spanish, and my Spanish is not so great... Oh well. Next time.
Oh yeah, it looks like my Medium episode will reair on Lifetime this week (Tues July 13th). Check your listings...the episode is called "Heads Will Roll".

Tuesday, July 06, 2010


The cast of SONS OF TUCSON

I am slacking! I am so sorry! I completely forgot to post my airdate for the new FOX show Sons of Tucson! I shot a small role at the end of last year and forgot all about it. Then I found out today that it aired this past weekend on 4th of July! OOPS!
BUT - the good news can see it on Click HERE