Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New City, New Name

Ok, the move is official. I arrived in Texas Monday. Drove straight to San Antonio, rented my storage unit, then headed to my hometown of Corpus Christi. Been here one whole day now. I have to say it feels pretty good. What's weird is, it never feels this good. But this feels different.
Hmmm...I wonder if it feels like a vacation? Maybe it won't feel real until I move into my own place? Time will tell.

It's nice to see friends and family though. Last night I had dinner at my parents' house. Ahhh...homecooked food with a full house. :) That beats eating alone in my little apartment any day! :)

So, since I no longer live in Hollywood, it makes sense to change the name of this blog. It's now titled "Lydia's Journey Beyond Hollywood". We'll see what new adventures my life has in store for me. Can't wait :)

So far, my Houston agent contacted me about an audition for a new Mark Wahlberg film. They needed me to put myself on tape and submit the audition for two roles by this Friday. Unfortunately I have my movers coming in tomorrow and I have to meet them in San Antonio to let them in the storage unit. So I went ahead and declined this opportunity. I don't have time this week to prepare. But I have to say - it's a little too soon for me. I really do need a break. I've been burnt out for a while now, and the last thing I want to do right now is submit myself for a role named Rosa who speaks Spanish.... Just sayn...

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Last Minutes

Yesterday I had an audition for Raising Hope. The role was Rosa, and it was a heavy accented character who also spoke Spanish. I had mixed feelings about this audition. Aside from the obvious, ANOTHER role with an accent, if I booked it, it would shoot next week. Considering my movers had moved all my stuff out of my place on Tuesday, and my keys are being turned in this weekend, booking this job would be a somewhat "inconvenience". Don't get me wrong - if I got the job, I would've stayed and worked it. But I would've had to find a place for me and my cat to stay until the end of shooting, call the movers and hold the delivery until I'm finally in Texas, and possibly miss my Godson's 5th birthday party! Yikes!
And for some reason, I didn't feel like I could've turned the audition down.
So I went. And I was pretty awesome. They were laughing throughout and I was definitely "in the zone". I got the call later that day that I was on "watch and advise" - and that it may be down to me and one other person. My agent asked what I wanted to do since we didn't know what days this would shoot. We decided to push for a decision so I would know ASAP if I have to change everything for next week.
Well, they called back last night and the role went to the other person. :)
This is one of those times I'm glad I didn't get the role. Is that weird? I guess that's how I know I'm ready to go. Ready for my BREAK from this town. I'm looking forward to things that have nothing to do with this career. Like a detox.
Maybe finally moving away from LA will allow my creative juices to start flowing again.

I've got 2 more days in this town and then I'm on the road back home. Crazy... I think it's finally hitting me now how real this is...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The Final Countdown

First off, I am so sorry for not writing more often. I promised earlier this year that I would blog more often. I will try and be better from here on out...

So, let's get the update started... Today I had a callback for an HBO promo. It's a very funny scene about two women in a waiting room talking about a pen. After waiting an hour and a half to get seen today, we finally go in to do the scene for a room full of executives. We go into our scene and I felt like it was good - we were funny - and there was nothing but deafening silence in the room. We switch roles and do the scene again. Again, I thought I was pretty damn funny - crickets. Oh well. Watch us book it anyway! haha

I guess I haven't made the "official" announcement: I am moving out of Hollywood and back to Texas. I'm sure most of you saw this coming. Especially with my frustrated previous posts. One day I was talking to a friend and saying that maybe I should just relocate back to Austin or San Antonio and she said "Lydia, you keep talking about it - why don't you just do it already!" She was joking around, but the reality was - I WAS always talking about it. I think every year for the past 10 years, I've talked about it. Then it dawned on me...why DON'T I just move back? I've been here 10 years, I've been very fortunate to have the career I've had, I've had an amazing time and was living my dream. I'm ready for the next adventure. The next stage of my life. My career has always been front and center these past 10 years. I think I'm ready to have something else front and center. Maybe it's time for a family...? All I know is I'm ready for a change of pace, a change of scenery. I'm ready to start the next chapter of my life.
And that starts in 10 days!
I'm leaving LA the morning of December 12th. Crazy huh? I'm so excited about the future! The unknown! I have this incredible freedom right now. I can go anywhere, I can do anything...and I want to be back in Texas near close friends and family. Maybe I'll start writing, or casting, or film producing. Maybe I'll teach, or direct, or do more theater. Shoot, maybe I'll become an agent or manager - or something completely unrelated to the business....Who knows! Maybe I'll do it all. :)

So, as I pack this last week, and get ready for my huge life change, I'm thinking of a new title for this blog - considering I won't be in Hollywood anymore. Hmmm...Maybe "Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood"? Yeah, I like that... :)