Posts Tagged ‘casting’

Monthly Shenanigans

I know, it’s been awhile. So much has happened and I just had not found the time to post. I like to try to post updates to record my shenanigans but since it’s been so long, I guess I’ll have to do it by the month.

March
Started production for Saltwater

Had to turn an empty room…
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Into a hoarder’s house
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Went to Disney World for the very first time!!
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Began casting gigs
I have no photos for this, really. Buuuu….

May
Met Michael Cera
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My favorite band, Finish Ticket, agreed to do a song for my short film
Finish Ticket

Went on NKOTB Cruise to Bahamas
NKOTBCruise2013_AndreaBarber

Modeled for fashion show
FashionShow

June

Met Boy Meets World cast & Michael Jacobs
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Filmed last day of my first short film
AccidentFilm

Finally saw Bizzy Bone perform
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Met BONE Thugs N Harmony
BTNH

July

Went to NKOTB’s The Package Tour shows and took an epic photo with Jordan Knight!
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Began Pinoy Midsummer:The Remount
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I will need to elaborate & update this blog later. Back to work!

Keeping Busy

So many events and projects have caused me to neglect my blog! But I found some time today to dedicate to documenting some of the things that have been happening. Last week, we finished our run of A Pinoy Midsummer at Bindlestiff Studio and it was a completely sold out run! We even had to add 2 more shows due to high demand! I guess I can cross “Be in a sold out show” off my bucket list. I was really excited to be a part of this show because I love working with it’s director, Lorna Velasco. She was the director I started Bindlestiff with so it’s nice to be able to reconnect. I was initially supposed to play Snug the Joiner but I opted to play kulintang instead. I just really missed playing the instrument and it gave me a chance to relearn some of the songs I had lost.

Another project I had done was that we finally got to shoot our intro for Granny Cart Gangstas! This is an all-female comedy troupe I’m trying to start through YouTube. We attempted to film our intro video last year in December but we got shut down by security. Apparently, you can’t take pictures or film in a private park, even though there are no signs stating it was a private park. We recasted the parts and my friend directed the short piece and watching the raw clips had me crackin up. I can’t wait to see them edited and completed.

I also started an internship with a movie called “Saltwater,” written by Lise Swenson. I’m really enjoying it because I’m a part of the casting team and I was excited when I was assigned to do a dossier on Rider Strong. Of course it was also me who suggested him but I truly envisioned him for the character in the movie. I don’t have any expectations on whether the director will agree but at least I threw it out there. It would have been nice to see him audition for the part.

Alas, my time is up and I have to move onto other activities for now. I have an afternoon to nighttime meeting today so I need to buy some Hennessy. Ciao!

Kismet

On Monday of this week, I received an email saying that the casting director that was scheduled to do the Q&A session in Burbank on Wednesday had cancelled & so they will be getting another casting director to speak instead. They offered credit towards another event but I didn’t take it. I wanted to go no matter who it was. I figured it could only benefit me in the end. Little did I know that it would end up being filled with kismet.

When I arrived, the only other person there with the casting director was another actor trying to break into the business. The casting director’s name is Angela Hutchinson. She is the founder of Breaking into Hollywood, the organization that holds these events. Because of the cancellation, 4 attendees ended up cancelling as well & I heard 2 other people accidentally went to another location. It came down to just Angela, the actor, and me. It was perfect because if there were more people, I probably would not have been able to ask all the questions I wanted to ask since I was not there as an actress. It was more of an intimate conversation. She advised me to start off as a reader for those who were auditioning and she also offered to be my mentor. I was floored. My excitement level went from 5 to 25.

Another fateful event was that she passed out 2 issues of the Hollywood & Vine magazine that her organization publishes and one of the issues she passed out happened to feature Rider Strong on the cover! Honestly, what are the chances of that happening?!! I couldn’t believe it. I was meant to be there & attend this session & get this magazine. Angela also gave me a book she wrote that has loads of information on resources for actors which also apply to me as well. I couldn’t have had a better deal.

Other than this business side of the trip, I got to hang out with some friends I hadn’t seen in awhile. I found a sushi/thai restaurant & had a late dinner. What a dream combination to have sushi rolls with my Pad Woon Sen! I also got to check out Griddle Cafe, which is famous for ginormous pancakes & celebrity sightings. I was just excited to eat breakfast in LA, something I’ve always loved doing. Then we headed off to a store called Wacko where I purchased the cutest coin purse I’ve ever seen and the coolest umbrella there ever existed. The coin purse was shaped like an owl and the perfect size for money, credit cards & keys. The umbrella was black & had the handle of a sword. I took a photo & of course I posed like Lion-O, who else would I pose like? Duh!

After that, we went to a bookstore to be extras for a pilot. I don’t know what it was called but all I had to do was sit there & pretend like I was busy writing at the coffee shop. My friend’s brother made some delicious Shanghai rice cakes for dinner so I enjoyed that along with some grubbin’ lumpia made by her mom. Sooooo goooood. There were potatoes in it. :0)

All in all, a productively fun trip was had. These are the kind of days I want to have. What a dream it would be to be able to set my own schedule. Tonight, I have a meeting with someone whom I am hoping will be able to help me launch my new business. I’ve been sitting on my idea for about a year now and it wasn’t until just recently that I met someone who actually might be able to help me get it up & running. I don’t want to go into it too much but just that I feel it is potentially a million dollar idea and I hope to be able to provide jobs for others one day in this horrible economy. For now, it is just a dream waiting in the wings.

Here are some pictures from my mid-weekend:

My awesome new swordbrella

SFO’s new Yoga room

My new coin purse

Sushi & Thai as a married couple

Hollywood & Vine Magazine Cover

In case anyone wants to read: Rider Strong Interview Page 1

Rider Strong Interview Page 2: You’re welcome :0)

Career Moves

Whenever anyone has asked me “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I have a million answers for them. I’ve veered towards so many different paths that I’m getting lost in my career GPS system. I have wanted to become a sketch comedy writer, a screen writer, an actress, a fashion designer, a preschool teacher, a real estate agent, a restaurant owner, a professional baker, a banker, a hotel manager, a journalist and this is just from what I remember. At this point, it’s time to make a decision.

I’ve recently come across a career that I have never been more excited about pursuing. I think I really want to become a casting director. I don’t know why I never thought of it before. I am comfortable around celebrities, I love watching people audition, I have been on both sides of the spectrum and I loved it a lot more when I wasn’t the auditionee. Currently, I’m helping a local filmmaker on their first feature film & I’m the assistant director & I’m in charge of all the extras for the shoot. My emails are overwhelming but I can handle it. I’m finding that a lot of people want to be extras but when it comes to communication, it’s pretty iffy. You just never know who will actually show up, especially when I tell them they have to come dressed in goth clothing. All of a sudden, that’s too much work and instead of letting me know they are no longer available, I guess I just have to assume they are out if they don’t reply. If any of you ever want to be a movie extra, it’s best to reply.

Anyway, on Sunday, I spent about 3 hours with the fight choreographer, working on the training for the actors. I just went for the workout & boy, was it hard. I don’t think I’ve ever worked out my body so much before. Today, I am sore in places I never even knew had muscles. I ended up kicking, punching, & crawling around the floor like a caterpillar. The workout was reminiscent of those once-popular Tae Bo tapes with Billy Blanks except the Tae Bo workout was a lot easier. Man, the things that actors have to go through to fulfill their roles as their characters require so much work. I have a much higher respect for actors who can grunt through it. I used to think they just walked around onscreen, saying someone else’ words. I never thought about the physical aspect of it all as I’ve only performed onstage & never had to do any type of fighting, jumping, or kicking. I hope this pain goes away soon. I can barely go up & down the stairs due to some stressed calves & weak knees. Let’s just hope my body recovers soon. In the meantime, I’m going to spend my days recovering from this hot mess of a workout.