Lydia's Journey BEYOND Hollywood

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

Monday, June 27, 2011

Now Casting!

This week has been awesome!
I really am the happiest I've ever been in my entire life! I know that is a lofty statement - but it's true. :)
The play I'm in officially opened on Friday. I feel much beter about it and am having a great time! It runs 4 weeks!

I started the casting process for the film Homebound. It has been so much fun! It gives me that butterfly feeling in the pit of my stomach - that's how much I love doing this!

I put out an official breakdown for what I'm currently casting for and sides are posted on Showfax. We are hiring SAG and non union actors because it's a SAG Low Budget feature film.
We are shooting in El Campo and I hope to use a lot of the locals in the film as well.

So here are the roles I'm casting right now:
FREDDY C - Male 25-35. African American. Grew up in the projects in the small town of El Campo, TX. Just got out of jail. He's the best friend to our lead character. He's the voice of wisdom. Charming and Charasmatic, preferably in the music industry with RAP experience.

SEBASTIAN - 6-8. Cute and precocious. Must speak English and Spanish fluently. This is kid is very bright. He serves as a translator for his Venezuelan mother. Must have work permit.

LETTY - Female 60-80, Hispanic. The matriarch of the family. She is not affected by her age. A strong Christian

CAROLINE - 30. Any ethnicity. Used to be very beautiful in High School. Now after having three girls and working at Whataburger, she's not the same as she used to be...PLEASE SUBMIT OVERWEIGHT ACTRESSES

BROTHER MARK - 45-65. Male. A baptist preacher. He's a prominent figure in the town. Strong Presence.

If you are willing to work as a local hire in El Campo and want to be considered for one of these roles, or any of the smaller roles I still need to cast, you can submit your picture and resume to blancocasting@gmail.com

Monday, June 20, 2011

Well, we open this Friday. ARGH!!!!! Lol. Actually, it's coming along nicely. This is a very funny play and everyday I'm growing more and more confident in my character. Hopefully by opening night, I'll have it down! :). We started tech rehearsal last night. So this week we are running the show every night and added lights, sound, costumes, etc.
I do have some great news to report. That feature film I was producing a few months ago, HOMEBOUND, is ready to start casting and I was asked to be the casting director! So this will be my first SAG feature film and it will begin shooting in July in El Campo, Texas (just outside of Houston). Pretty exciting stuff!
It's crazy how much my life has changed in 6 short months, yet I have everything I've ever wanted. Proof that if you open up your mind and heart, everything will fall into place. I couldn't be happier :-)

Monday, June 06, 2011

The Austin Journey

Rehearsals are in full swing for Too Many Husbands, the play I'm doing here in Austin for Different Stages. We had to be off book by this weekend. Yikes! I'm still a little shaky on my lines. I'm playing the mother of the ingenue, the woman married to "too many husbands". This has been a very challenging project for me. Mainly because I think the last play production I've been in was way over two years ago! But, also because this piece is a British comedy set in the early 1900's. So my British accent is also a bit shaky. And my character isn't as developed as I would like it to be by this point. It has resulted in my leaving rehearsals in frustrated tears and wanting to quit at times - but of course, I would NEVER do that. I grin and bear it and remind myself that this is all a learning experience.
I think part of my frustration is, I really need a clean cut BREAK after leaving LA, and diving into a play head first, isn't really a break. So after this closes, I will take that needed vacation from ACTING, and concentrate on other things...
I received the postcard today from the director, and unfortunately, my name was the only one that accidentally got left off the postcard. That sucks. :( How am I supposed to promote this to people I know? Do I just write in my name? Oh well...
I also had a consulting meeting with an actress on Friday. She is relocating to Hollywood and needed some questions asked to help better prepare her for the move. I love doing consultations. I really love helping people reach their dreams. I feel like I've been able to do that for myself, and it's nice to help others. Maybe I should look into being an agent or manager if the casting route doesn't pan out like I hoped...?
I did attend my first Austin Actors Conservatory Board Meeting yesterday. It was pretty awesome to meet some movers and shakers in the Austin scene - the union Austin scene. (The conservatory is part of SAG.) I feel good that I connected with people who will help me find my direction in this business, and in this town.
I have a confession....There was a time, just a short couple of weeks ago, that my boyfriend and I considered a move to Los Angeles so I can focus on a career in Casting. He was willing to uproot himself so I could try my hand at a new start on a second career. But after we discussed it further, we decided to stay put and focus on growing our family. That is why I left LA afterall, so it would make no sense to go back so soon. So Austin it is! And I just have to be patient as to the road my life will take me.
Like they say, it's not about the destination - it's the journey. :)