Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Monday, August 16, 2010

OnStar Shoot

He was shooting me - I was shooting him. :)

Yesterday's commercial shoot went really well. I was in and out in about 3 1/2 hours! NICE!
I swear I'm not a high maintenance DIVA or anything, but maybe I'm a bit spoiled from working on episodic sets - but I was really surprised when i didn't have a trailer! haha Seriously! I was wondering where I would change and hang out and leave my stuff. Apparently they normally have people just change in the wardrobe trailer, keep their stuff on them, and no hanging out. You change - and shoot - and wrap. that's it. Ah...See, I'm new to this whole "commercial" world - well, relatively. I haven't done a commercial in ages! What sucks is, I don't even think it's going to be a national - just the internet, so I may not get to see all that great money that usually accompanies commercials. Oh well.
I had an amazing time on set. The spot is JUST ME in a car, talking to the OnStar guy (who was really in the backseat giving me my cues. :) The director kept telling me to make it bigger and funnier and to use my sparkling personality - so I kept laying it on thick. And silly. And he wanted MORE. I have had so much training to learn how to keep it subtle and real and I had to throw all of it out the window yesterday! But it was fun! And the clients (OnStar) kept raving about me afterwards. Telling me how funny I was and how they kept laughing the entire time. :) That's always nice to hear.
And so again, I'm back to being unemployed... hehe for now.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Casting All Around

Today was busy!
It started with our casting session for the webseries I'm producing (and now casting - at least for this one role.) I put a breakdown out this week and got over 500 submissions. We narrowed it down to about 35 actors we wanted to meet. About 8 or 9 confirmed and didn't show up. Weird. I just don't get that. But the ones that kept their appointment did a great job! It was a tough day auditioning all these good looking men for the role of Rick, the fiance to the ingenue! haha
I had to leave in the middle of the session to audition for a play. That went really well - I have a callback on Wednesday. Then I headed back and finished our session and then headed to the studio to see the Singing for Actors class. It's been a long and exhausting day!
Tomorrow I shoot the OnStar commercial so I get to be pregnant all day. Fun fun fun. :) Since I'm shooting on a Sunday, it's double pay. Can't me mad about that!
My camera broke so the only pics I'll be able to take are from my phone. :( Oh well...I'll try.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I had a last minute commercial audition yesterday. It was to play a very pregnant woman using her OnStar in her car. It went well and I was called in for a last minute callback today. Well, I found out this afternoon that I booked it! :) It was a really fun callback. They told me I nailed the tone they were looking for and I got to improv a bit as well. I get fitted tomorrow I think, and I shoot on Thursday. I believe this commercial will be mainly on the web, unless the release it on TV. And there's a possible print job also. Nice :)
I never do commercials so its nice to do something I never get a chance to do!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

I Hate When Its Slow

It's been so quiet I've been going crazy trying to keep myself busy! Good thing my class with Howard is back on after a month of vacation. At least I have rehearsals with my scene partner and the work I put up in class to make me feel like I'm doing something. I'm also teaching my audition technique class every Monday. I just wish I was busier with auditions before I forget what it's like in there! ;)
I'm coaching one of my teen students on Monday morning for her guest star audition for CSI Miami. At least someone is getting great auditions...
I've even started coming up with a little business of my own for my actor friends. It surprising how an idea can take off and become something within just a couple of days!
Maybe I should write something... My one woman show? My own sitcom? feature film? I never really considered myself a writer, but I may have to explore another side to myself. I'm getting ancy...