Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Thursday, November 18, 2010

General Hospital

I shot General Hospital this week. :) After 10 years, that was the one thing I hadn't done - worked on a soap opera! It was a really cool and different experience!
Things work really fast in soaps. You don't have time to perfect a scene take after take. You show up to set, block it, rehearse it, shoot it, and move on to the next thing. I play Inez, supposedly the housekeeper's cousin who Dr Niles steals medicine for. Well, that's what Dr Niles tells everyone at the hospital. Apparently, she's quite the villian! But the actress who played her couldn't be more sweet! In fact, the group of actors I worked with were all very welcoming and nice. They put glamourous makeup on me and when I arrived on set, they said I looked too "pretty" for someone with bronchitis, so a makeup artist had to alter my face and made me look pale with bags under my eyes and a red nose. LOL I'm gonna look lovely!
I was there only 5 hours and shot my scenes which will be in two episodes - beginning Dec 14th. :)

I did a reading of a screenplay Tuesday night. If all goes well, this film will shoot in texas in the Spring. Two good friends of mine developed and wrote it. It's always exciting to see my friends make things happen for themselves. :) And it was nice reconnecting with friends I hadn't seen in a while. :)

Today I have a commercial audition for Walmart and another commercial audition tomorrow!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Keeping Busy

I got called in to audition for The Cape yesterday. :) I interned for Risa on the pilot earlier this year, so I was very happy that she brought me in for a small role of a teacher in a flashback. I had auditioned for a detective role on the pilot, but had to pull my name out of the running because I had booked that other pilot, Awkward Situations for Men. Oh well...we'll see. maybe I will finally get to work on this show afterall!
I just got the call today that I have to do ADR on the film I did this summer, Little Birds, in a couple of weeks. That's always fun :)
Then I have to learn my lines for my General Hospital shoot on Monday. Busy busy busy! Never feels like it though...

Workshop tonight, and then my Singing for Actors class on Saturday. Trying to keep busy before I leave next month...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

General Hospital

10 years ago I made a "to do" list of the kinds of projects I wanted to tackle during my career. I checked them off as I booked them...
Films, independent and studio, sitcoms, single camera comedies, one hour dramas, one hour dramedies, soap operas, commercials, print work, etc...
Over these past 10 years, I've been fortunate enough to work in all of these mediums except for soap operas....UNTIL NOW! :) I booked a role on the long living series General Hospital. I didn't even have to audition! It was a straight offer. I went by ABC studios today to pick up my script so I can see what I will be playing. My role is "Inez" - yes, an undocumented worker who is posing as a maid to help Dr. Niles lie about stealing medication from the hospital. I'm asked to do an accent. Hmmm...I wonder if Irish would work? Or Austrailian? hehehe
I picked up my script in the casting office and met both Mark and Gwen today for the first time. Both were incredibly warm and welcoming. So excited to work on this show. I've had friends work on soaps and they've told me how fast the workday goes. No chance to do it a 4th and 5th take. Do it and move on. Quick quick quick.
I shoot on Monday. Reading the entire script now, and researching videos online to get some insight into the show.

Tomorrow I have an audition for The Cape - ironically, the show I help cast as an intern earlier this year when it was a pilot. I'm very thankful Risa, the casting director, thought to bring me in for this small teacher role. It would be nice to work as much as I can before my big move.... I'll tell you more about that soon...

Friday, November 05, 2010

Mark Ruffalo - You're My Hero

I have a crush.

His name is Mark Ruffalo.

I went to the SAG Foundation Conversations with Mark Ruffalo tonight. For those of you who don't know, Conversations is like the Inside the Actor's Studio Q&A with actors. He talked about how he got started and his 9 years as a bartender before he got his big break. He's a very modest man, never thinking his movies are a success BECAUSE of him. When asked what he wished someone would've told him when he first started in the business, he answered "It's gonna take a LONG time....but it's ok." He said that he had thought about quitting acting and moving back to Wisconsin plenty of times in those 9 years, and even went back home once and worked for his dad. But he found himself feeling like he was missing something, and came back. He said he did theater during those tough years, to help him get through it.

I love this man.

I went up to him afterwards, nervous and curious if he would remember working with me on his directorial debut "Sympathy for Delicious (which premiered tonight in LA). When he was reminded who I was, he gave me a huge hug and said I was wonderful in my role (he's way too kind - my role is brief). I left, with weak knees - literally. :)

There were many times in his interview where I felt like I related completely with what he's gone through. I have thought about moving back to Texas numerous times in the past 10 years, but have never done it. It's weird - because I feel like something is missing NOW, and I'm curious if I will find that once I leave this place. or will it find me back where I am now...? Who knows.

The difference is - he finally left to figure out where he needed to be.

And I feel the same way.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

My Good Luck Charm

So, as we all know, it's been pretty dead for me lately. No auditions in weeks! My cousin came to visit last week, and on her first day in town, I got a commercial audition, one for The Office, and a straight offer for a role on General Hospital! :) I work in two weeks!
I told her she can't leave until I book a series! ;)
She left today, so I hope my luck doesn't run out.