May 31, 2007
I'm all kinds of grateful.
AKA: "Why I love my life today" (without images; sorry).
In five days, I've been on the mic in front of hundreds of people (live; many thousands or more otherwise) both as host and guest of some very Whoprah-like speaking engagements, plus a pilot for The Hollywood Reporter (yes, it's true; the gig that's been in the works for a year now is finally lifting off... and making it an on-camera version is sooo much cooler than writing it up. And no, I can't say more than that just yet).
In 15 or so hours, I'll be in the midst of auditions for the next Cricket Feet Showcase, which I honestly could cast based on submissions alone at this point (seriously, we have some amazing actors in the mix and I cannot wait to get them up and working in front of my favorite industry friends).
I'm exhausted. I'm overworked. I'm sad to miss my hubby for a few weeks while he goes on location to shoot a film (but I'm excited for him and this cool new gig... also excited for all of the silliness I can get into with my friends while he's away... *hee*). I'm totally entertained by the fact that gender is a stronger factor than species, where Archie and Keith are concerned (yes, my boys of different species are exactly alike). My cousin is in O Magazine (page 75, for June) and I'm so very proud of her. Gave copies of my books to my favorite maître d' tonight and blushed three shades of red when he asked me to inscribe them for him. My new best friends are Lee Garlington and JoBeth Williams. In that order. Our new logo for Cricket Feet, Inc., will roll out in time for our fifth anniversary as an entertainment corporation (July, 2007) and it's freakin' gorgeous (thank you, Communicatrix). I'm hoppin' up and down with excitement for rollin' that mess out. It's a load of greatness. You will all love it. I promise. It will touch you in that special way. (Not creepy... you perv!) ;) Hee!
Oh, my goodness! I'm just so very happy and grateful and pleased and filled with grace and happiness and love. It absolutely does not suck to be me right now. Not even a little bit.
PS--I look like a goddess in my new favorite blouse. Girls are lovely and well-represented. *sigh* I'm so freakin' easy to amuse. ;)
May 30, 2007
AHM numbers (slowing down now)
If you've been paying attention, you see that the bulk of the submissions come in early. (Oh, but they'll continue for months. I'm still getting electronic submissions on breakdowns released *years* ago. Yes... for films that have been cast, shot, edited, screened, and sold into the Netflix system.)
Here's where the numbers stand now:
- submissions from 436 agents and managers, plus Actors Access' submissions
- total of 11,107 submissions
- 6,685 submissions came through Actors Access, the rest came through agents and managers
Here's how the numbers break down, by character:
4--THAT WILSON WOMAN
95--RECORDED VOICE (VOICEOVER)
Break a leg, everyone! I hope that seeing these numbers is encouraging to you! It just proves that, every time you get an audition, you have made it past a buttload of people just to get into the room.
So, welcome into the room. Make the best of that shot!
May 28, 2007
37 Secrets About ME!
Nabbed from the lovely Sarah.
Be honest no matter what.
1. What is your natural hair color?
2. Where was your default MySpace picture taken?
Well, it'll change in a minute, but the one that's up right now was taken on the set of a feature film I worked on in 2001.
3. What's currently on your feet?
Gold-toed socks, baby.
4. What's your current relationship status?
5. Does your crush like you back?
Well, my deepest, most intense crush is with myself so... yeah. Probably. I'm a narcissist like that.
6. What is your current mood?
Good. Ever better.
7. What color underwear are you wearing?
Pink with little hearts on it. Yes, really. I am "that girl."
8. What makes you happy?
9. If you could go back in time and change something, what you would change?
I'd be born with an unusually fast metabolism.
10. If you must be an animal for one day, what would you be?
Probably a cat, because they generally have it pretty damn good (at least in this house).
11. Ever had a near-death experience?
12. What's something you do a lot?
13. What's the name of the song stuck in your head right now?
This Is the Day by The The (damn M&M's commercial)!
14. Who did you copy and paste this from?
See intro. It's Sarah. I like to attribute. Call me old-school.
15. Name someone with the same birthday as you?
So few people rock it 7-11 style. It's like Suzanne Vega and Peter Murphy and Sela Ward and Mindy Sterling and Lisa Rinna and Greg Grunberg and Li'l Kim, and that's it! (But y'know what? I like that company, quite frankly. Only two of those are people I've met in person--and, no, I don't know *anyone* who is *not* famous with whom I share a birthday. Seriously. I've never met a single person in "real life" who does the 7-11 thing, outside of two of those I just listed above.)
16. When was the last time you cried?
Earlier today when I was watching a retrospective of Hayley opening case #25. Seriously. I was the kid who cried when people hit a dollar on "the big wheel." I'm that much of a sap.
17. Have you ever sang in front of a large audience?
Oh, hell yes! Many times.
18. If you could have one super power what would it be?
Super-ego. Like, I wouldn't doubt myself. I wouldn't hate myself. I wouldn't be certain I'm broken. I would just trust that this is exactly the way my life is supposed to go.
19. What's the first thing you notice about the opposite or same sex?
Um... the fact that they're either the opposite or same sex?? Is this a trick question? Am I too old to get the open sexuality-ness of today's generation?
20. What do you usually order from Starbucks?
I don't do the Starbucks. Honestly, every gift card that's ever been given to me for Starbucks (and there have been a bunch) is regifted. Sorry. I don't do coffee.
21. What is your favorite color?
22. When was the last time you lied?
Hmm... I told one of the kitties that if she came to me, she would get a treat. What I really meant was, "If you come to me, you will get a treat and you will get your claws trimmed," because that's what happened. Luckily, she believes (and the others believe it too) this *every* time. Otherwise, claws would run this house.
23. Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
I don't even understand this question. It's all kid-stuff!
24. What are you eating or drinking at the moment?
25. Do you speak any other language?
Oh, this is where I get embarrassed. I so totally should. I spoke Spanish fluently as a Montessori kid. Much later, I took three years of Spanish in high school, traveled to Spain twice, took a year of French in college, and took a year of Russian in college and lived with a Ruskie for two years. And I think I can pretty much say next to nothing in any of those languages. I hope to learn ASL before too long. That's my goal.
26. What's your favorite smell?
Donna Karan's Chaos.
27. If you could describe your life in one word what would it be?
28. When was the last time you gave/received a hug?
29. Have you ever been kissed in the rain?
30. What are you thinking about right now?
This weird teeth-grinding thing that I've started doing and how I might learn to stop doing it.
31. What should you be doing?
Um... I don't like the word "should." I figure I'm always doing what I should be doing, or else I'd be doing something else, right?
32. What was the last thing that made you upset/angry?
Someone calling repeatedly and not leaving a message. Really, when I page through the caller ID and see repeated calls placed by the same person with no corresponding message, I'm all sorts of angry. WTF? Do you not know me AT ALL?!?
33. How often do you pray?
34. Do you like working in the yard?
Like, in prison? No.
35. If you could have any last name in the world, what would you want?
What a weird question! Considering we can all take on any new name that we want, why would I want a name other than the one I have and NOT take it on?
36. Do you act differently around your crush/BF/GF?
After my mom passed away, I learned that it doesn't matter how I act in front of any one person... it's all seen by those who are in on the jokes (AKA my mom, her mom, my great aunt, etc.), so I'm not really getting away with anything anyway. I am actually, really my totally authentic, imperfect self in front of everyone. Except it's only around my closest-closest people that I wear no bra.
37. Name one song that reminds you of an ex?
Hmm... "She's Like Heroin" by The Gun Club. I had two ex-beaus in high school who would sing that to me and change the lyrics to say, "Bonnie Gillespie's like heroin to me," with great passion. Ah... gotta love the high school lovers. Sometimes Keith will say I'm like Dr Pepper to him. Sometimes.
The Actors Voice, 5/28/07
Here's how today's The Actors Voice starts out.
Footage Is Footage
A few months back, I was the guest on Judy Kerr's web-based series Acting Is Everything (yes, a web-based series that accompanies her essential book) and we talked a bit about demo reels and whether actors could--or should--create footage for their reels or only stick to professionally-shot, "legitimate" clips of their work. I believe those roads intersect, if the footage you create is professionally shot. And in the era of YouTube, your clips could easily be seen by more people than might ever lay eyes on pilots that don't "go."
So, if you're sure you've got the talent and that all anyone needs to do in order to take a chance on you is see the goods, it might be time for you to consider a DIY approach to getting your demo reel done. Heck, even if you have good footage, perhaps it's just one great scene and a bunch of outdated, one-liner stuff that isn't serving you today. And remember; if it's not getting you work, it's costing you work. If you've decided that you're ready to take your reel to the next level (or to create your first "real" reel), let's jump into some tips on how to get it done right, as poorly-produced footage could actually be worse than having no footage at all.
Continue reading this column right now, along with a Your Turn about that damn name change issue at Showfax.com.
Be sure to visit The Actors Voice: POV on Friday for what is quite possibly my favorite POV thus far. We've brought POV closer to home, and it's Andy Henry's turn to share the inside scoop on the casting process inside one of the busiest TV casting offices on the planet!
As always, THANK YOU for reading!
Live your dreams! If you don't, someone else will.
May 24, 2007
Numbers: One Week After AHM Breakdown Went Out
So far we have...
- received submissions from 432 agents and managers, plus Actors Access' submissions
- received a grand total of 10,910 submissions
- fielded 62 pitch calls
- made three formal offers
- sent copies of the script to another three "on-deck" folks who will receive offers if the stars align for them and for us
No more naked photos. Phew!
Here's how the numbers breakdown, by character:
4--THAT WILSON WOMAN
94--RECORDED VOICE (VOICEOVER)
We had one very persistent stage mother (I seriously forget, from project to project, some of what to expect) call several times every day because she wasn't sure that she "trusted Actors Access" to get her submission to us. Of course, if I had fielded the call, it would've included a smackdown along the lines of, "Do you think, if ten thousand people called--multiple times, daily--to be sure their submission made it, we'd ever actually get any CASTING done?" But instead, Keith took the call and very sweetly directed her to resources like my column, BizParentz.com, and PARF, encouraging her to get educated and trust the process.
(See, for as much as I am described as Oprah and Keith is described as Dr. Phil, when it comes to our temperament and dealing with the public, sometimes he is a big ol' softy and I'm a crusty bitch. Ah... so sweet.)
Um, so what else?
Oh! We rolled out appointments for the Cricket Feet Casting Actors Showcase July edition. Woo! Very excited about this next round (and also sad to officially close off the last round).
I've also taken on a Midwest Intern (introduce yourself if you'd like, I'm not going to out you 'less you wanna be outed) who will be answering emails for me. YES! I'm serious! It's gotten that crazy!
One last thing... does anyone know anything and everything about JoBeth Williams? Seems I'm the new host of the "Conversations with..." series over at SAG Foundation and I kinda need to bone up on her, seeing as we're doing that whole "Inside the Actor's Studio" thing next week. Woo! So excited!
May 23, 2007
Okay, so now I'm pissed!
One of the things I do to try and limit my MySpace time (because, seriously, it can be a time-suck beyond all others) is log in around 11:35pm and force myself to log out before midnight.
I love it. Because I'm in, I'm out... I get it all done, and I'm logged out and no longer "online now" (well, I guess that doesn't really count, since those little indicators stay lit way beyond when you actually log out and I could turn those off in my preferences if I really wanted that to be the way I limited my MySpace time), and most importantly, my little "last logged on" thingy says I was last logged on the day before (since I tend to hit "logout" at 11:59pm and change).
It works for me. Keeps me on-task. Gives me just enough time to hit the MySpace, approve the friend requests (and enjoy watching the ever-increasingly amusing race between my friends and my comments for the big 3000 mark), change out a primary photo, and fire off quick answers to the many messages I receive. The *long* messages get bookmarked to be answered later.
And therein lies the point of this blog entry (well, the point that's between the point I already made and the point that goes with the title of the post).
I have learned that there is a really easy way to get me to answer emails, MySpace messages, blog comments, etc., ever.
And here's the way.
Be quick about it.
Have a quick question. I'll reply with a quick answer. If you ramp up for days to the point (even if that point boils down to a quick question after all), I'll bookmark that shit for answering later. Seriously, if you've sat with me when I've checked my BlackBerry for "messages since last check," you'd know that this is the ONLY chance you have of getting your email answered. It's not personal. It's just a matter of 1's and 0's and freakin' TIME.
[Unless you want your question to get an answer at "The Actors Voice," in which case you have to email me at the address that exists for no other purpose than to be an opt-in for that scenario or say yes when I fire back a quick, "Hey, can I use this?" in response to your long-ass message.]
So, if you want to hear from me and you're freaking out that you haven't yet, try being brief. Try shooting me a one-line comment to which I can reply with a one-line comment. That shit works nine times out of ten. And the emails that scroll for days? They get flagged to answer later.
How many emails are currently in my "flagged to answer later" folder? That'd be 3343 at ONE, primary email account as of this moment (and that includes messages that are getting pretty crucial, w/ regard to casting, speaking engagements, and friendships what will be OVER if I don't at least shoot back an "XO" soon). God forbid you want to know what's "starred" in my spam-catching gmail accounts.
Bless my bones for even being able to keep my head straight for a minute.
Okay, so what's the point of this entry?
Well, I signed off at 11:59pm and went back to sorting/marking the submissions on Another Harvest Moon. (I'm seriously trying to get to a point where my built-in analysis of value structure regarding which rep is the one who rates "highest" becomes a no-brainer, rather than having to review who said what and at what moment which photo was submitted and who included video and what pitch call was better and blah blah blah, but that's another story for another blog entry.) Then I got to a stopping point and received an email saying I had a new comment at my MySpace page, so I did the cool covert thing those of us who don't log in constantly seem to do... I visited my MySpace page "from afar."
Yeah, it said I was still online (but, as mentioned above, that happens... even after I've logged out... so I'm not worried about that), but the disturbing thing was that it said I had logged on most recently 5/23/07.
I logged on 5/22/07 at 11:35pm as per usual... and I logged out at 11:59pm.
So, now I've fallen down the rabbit hole and I'm still on the MySpace way after midnight. That's the surest way to ensure I don't get work done! Bastids!
Ah, well, I'm definitely getting my money's worth. ;)
May 21, 2007
Casting Numbers (Minor Update... Busy)
This is a quickie. I've spent most of the day working on showcase stuff (emailing with July auditioners and potential auditioners, screening potential scenes, scheduling issues) and I am really impressed with these actors' credits. Wow!
Anyway, before I dive back into it (and go for a walk, then return to prep the outstanding offer we're making to a NY-based name actor tomorrow), here are the casting numbers as of 10pm four days after the breakdown came out.
- Total submissions: 10,501
- Number of agencies and management companies submitting: 419, plus Actors Access
- States in which agencies and management companies are based: California, New York, New Jersey, Texas... plus British Columbia.
Like I said, it's a minor update. Sorry 'bout that. Tired. Busy. Still much to do. XO
May 20, 2007
- Total submissions: 9729
- Roles with most submissions: Paul: 2495 and Gretchen: 2592
- Roles with fewest submissions: That Wilson Woman: 4, Ella: 26, and June: 30
- Number of girls between the ages of 6 and 14 with the names Taylor, Hailey, or Madison: infinite (okay, okay, more like 300 or so, but whatever)
- Number of agencies and management companies submitting: 399, plus Actors Access
Bob Brody totally got it right in his POV about submitting early. I cannot tell you how fast my eyes glaze over when we get to the dozenth actor of the exact same type, look, vibe for a particular role. And by then, I'm just saying, "Nope. We already have you in the mix." Damn shame that sometimes submission timing is the only thing that might keep an actor off that first list, but it's just how it goes. If I already have that type "covered" in my YES stack, I simply don't need to cover it again.
Oh, and to answer your questions about the naked photos via email, the sender said it was so she could "show what's real" about her and her hubby (who "would love a small part as well"). As for herself, she was submitting for the role of VICKIE. She suggested that Charlton Heston should be cast as her father.
As for emails I'm enjoying, those are like this: "Hey, I actually worked with so-and-so on a film a few years back. If it's okay with you, I'm going to suggest that his manager read this script, because it's really good and I think he'd be a great FRANK. Of course, you know that I would also love to be considered for RITA, but that's only part of why I'm writing. Hee! Anyway, you'll see my submission in the mix. Let me know if it's cool to nudge the manager or if that might cause problems with what you've already got brewing. Always good to see your breakdowns. You choose such amazing projects."
Right on. Playing by the rules and looking to help out. All good stuff. And no attachments! Woo!
If you want to read a bit about my casting philosophy and the challenge of getting name actors onboard for low budget indies, check out page three of this thread (actually the whole thread is interesting).
All right... time to write the column so's that I can take some time off tonight and go to this really cool screening party thing that this hot Oscar-winning actor friend has goin' on. ;) (Assaf, do you ever get tired of being called an Oscar winner?)
May 18, 2007
Casting Numbers: 24 Hours Since Releasing the Breakdown
- 8861 electronic submissions through the system as requested...
- (another 90 or so emails with and without attachments--some attachments including NAKED PHOTOS OF THE ACTORS--sent to *six* different email addresses I have, plus emails to the director, who is totally not amused)
- 32 pitch calls from agents and managers...
- 7 calls from actors wanting to be sure I saw their submission (some other calls to Keith's cell phone to check same, but I didn't keep count of those)
- 395 agencies and management companies have submitted through the system so far, plus actors submitting through Actors Access. I still haven't viewed nearly half of the submissions. They're coming in so fast! (And I'm still working on Showcase submissions and material, as well as our freakin' taxes. Ugh.)
- largest number of submissions from an "agent" was 143 actors (ah, yes, of course... from my favorite "spaghetti slinging, kickback lovin' company") and the smallest number of submissions from an agent or manager was 1
I am now officially ready for a wee break. :)
Phew! That was fun.
Now for a REAL break. ;)
More numbers to come, of course. I trust there are other geeks like me that enjoy this stuff. ;)
May 17, 2007
The Anatomy of a Breakdown
And we've already had 4398 submissions from 234 agencies and management companies, plus actors submitting directly via Actors Access.
(I'm not going to mention the agents' phone pitches--which are usually short and professional and therefore something I generally love--or the actors' sometimes wholly inappropriate self-pitches... via phone, via email to me, via email TO THE DIRECTOR--which tend to suck up our time and patient energy for actor-love.)
So, what happens when I hit the screen and see these submissions start pouring in?
I begin clicking on my favorite agents and managers. I open their submissions first. And I giggle with flat-out glee when I see electronic submissions from "the bigs" among my long-term favorite mom-and-pop shops. In fact, when I opened one of the biggest biggies tonight, I hopped up and down and squealed. "Keith! Oh my GAWD! They're finally opening my breakdowns over there! We have ARRIVED!"
Sorry to get all weird and school-girly about this, but there's something really amazing about having someone do coverage on you at an agency that previously wouldn't return your offer calls. It's just like... well... it's time. And apparently working your ass off, choosing exceptionally strong material, and surrounding yourself with the best people on the planet eventually leads to (funnily enough) more of the same.
And I still really, really, really appreciate the "little companies" that have been with me from the beginning. It is so much fun to "come up together" in this. And, you might like to know that I send thank you notes to a few of the managers who rep my FAVORITE people, thanking them for just always making me smile.
I haven't even begun to sort the bulk of the submissions received thus far tonight. I suspect tomorrow will be pretty intense, as the folks who left the office before 6pm will be seeing the breakdown then... and the pitch calls will start back up as we develop our gameplan for name actor offers that will go out based on some of these pitches come Monday.
I have to say, as much as I love love LOVE the audition process, there is something really cool about putting a "name" actor's name in a breakdown as a prototype and having that very actor pitched within ten minutes of the breakdown's release. And for those actors who really dislike hearing that there are roles out there that will go to "name" actors with no auditions whatsoever, all I have to say about that is this: Oftentimes the indie film is FUNDED due to these attachments, and it's because of that that we can then audition the future name actors of the world for smaller roles and help send them on their way to becoming the next round of name actors on the map.
Goodness, I love my job.
PS--THANK YOU Rockstar Intern Julie. I could not do this without you!!
Casting "Another Harvest Moon"
Go... submit. Details to come on my blog soon.
More info and a link to a PDF copy of the script at CricketFeet.com/Casting.
VERY excited! This is a great script.
May 15, 2007
I've seen 34 out of these 206 movies
Got this movie meme from Jenelle (who has seen 189 of these 206). Does anyone else find it ironic that I'm a film casting director who doesn't SEE FILMS? Eh, well... I see a buttload of indies (and a read a TON of scripts), so let's say I don't really SEE MAINSTREAM FILMS. How's that?
Okay, so here it is...
If you've seen over 85 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 206 movies on this list. Copy this list, go to your own MySpace account, and paste this as a bulletin or blog entry. Then put an X next to the movies you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click "Post" at the bottom. Have fun!
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
( ) Neverending Story
( ) Blazing Saddles
Total: 3 of 9
(x) The Princess Bride
( ) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total all together: 4 of 20
(x) Scream 2
(x) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
(x) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
( ) American Pie Naked Mile
Total all together: 9 of 32
( ) Harry Potter 1
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
Total all together: 10 of 42
( ) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
Total all together: 11 of 53
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong
Total all together: 11 of 65
( ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
( ) Flubber
Total all together: 13 of 77
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total all together: 13 of 87
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
( ) The Longest Yard
( ) Gridiron Gang
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
Total all together: 17 of 104
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
( ) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremacy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
( ) Predator
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total all together: 19 of 120
(x) Independence Day
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss' Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
( ) Rush Hour
Total all together: 22 of 131
( ) Swimfan
( ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
(x) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
(x) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Total all together: 24 of 141
( ) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
( ) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
( ) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
( ) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
( ) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
( ) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total all together: 24 of 147
( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Thr3e
Total all together: 26 of 157
( ) The Jackal
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Full Metal Jacket
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
( ) Monsters, Inc.
( ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
( ) Willard
Total all together: 27 of 167
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn of the Dead
( ) Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days Later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
( ) Waterworld
Total all together: 28 of 177
( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness
Total all together: 28 of 187
( ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars A New Hope
(x) Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
( ) Star Wars Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks: The Caravan of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Total all together: 30 of 195
(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
(x) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Anger Management
Total: 34 of 206
Put: "I've seen ??? out of these 206 movies" in the subject line and repost.
May 13, 2007
The Actors Voice, 5/14/07 (and a few weeks before)
Yikes! It's been a MONTH since I last promoted The Actors Voice (it's been way busy; my apologies for having been out of the promo loop)! Well, here's what's happened since my last promo blast.
We looked at Multiple Electronic Submissions, Paying for Representation, How To Work the Room, LA's Best On-Camera Classes (and rebuttals and warnings about one of the recommended coaches), and Bad Cover Letters/Good Cover Letters. Woo!
When To Pay Commission
Sometimes a Your Turn question comes in that is so well-suited to a full-on column that I just can't resist. This question, from a wonderfully-talented and business-minded actor, represents dozens of similarly-themed questions I've received from actors everywhere.
Electronic casting has made auditions more available than ever. For the diligent actor that goes after "everything" in Back Stage West, on CraigsList, at Actors Access, etc., what is the best way to deal with commission payments when said actor books a job independently of the agency they are represented by? No one wants to rock the boat, but should an actor pay a cut to their agent even if the agent does nothing to procure the audition or review the contract? If so, what is fair to the actor? Thanks for your input.
The short answer is easy: Always pay commission to your agents and managers. Always.
Now, here comes the long answer (which is all about WHY paying commission--yes, even on work you booked all by yourself--is a good business decision).
Continue reading this column in the morning, along with a Your Turn about an ethnicity-related name change at Showfax.com.
Be sure to visit The Actors Voice: POV to see contributions from casting directors in Reno, NV, and Washington, DC! (Still looking for the 5/15 contribution, so I'm not sure WHERE that one will come from... feel free to send your favorite speed-writing CDs my way!)
As always, THANK YOU for reading! I'll try to stay on top of my weekly promos from here on out! :)
May 12, 2007
12 of 12 for May 2007
Howdy! It's 12 of 12 time! Woo!
A quiet day for me, but busy just the same. I actually FORGOT that it was 12 of 12 until 2:30pm, so... oops. Well, I still did it, so there! If you're new to 12 of 12, visit Chad's blog for the low-down. Make sure you share your link with Chad so that your 12 is part of the world of 12. (I have a goal to visit ALL 12 of 12ers' blogs this month.)
So, here we go, Hollywood!
2:55pm: Taking advantage of a wee bit of downtime between the first and second showcases AND the last feature film and the next feature film I'm casting (breakdown goes out next week--woo), we started a HUGE spring cleaning project last week and we're making good headway. These bins contain (L-R): showcase stuff, casting stuff (with the last project I cast ready to hit its project binder being the contents of that box on top of the bin), writing stuff (which needs to be sorted into ten subcategories), and speaking/consulting stuff (yes, that's the infamous "What Were You THINKING?!?" submission binder on top... heh heh).
2:56pm: Sorting the office supplies. Ugh. It's not as sexy as the aisles of Office Depot, but it will be. Interns... y'all ready?
2:57pm: Yeah, that showcase bin (two pics above) looked light, didn't it? Yup. This is the *real* showcase sorting area. See all of those boxes of margarita mix? That's four CASES left over. Strangely, there was no *tequila* left over. How did THAT happen?
2:58pm: Getting the den presentable for Quinn's visit. Yippee!! Can't wait to have him here, as always. We have SO MUCH cool stuff planned! (Oh, man! That bookcase on the right is filled with "to sort" boxes. Ugh. I think I will never run out of things to sort. The COOL thing is, I'm on the PARF Clutter Control Challenge. Their initial requirement was too scary for me, so I modified it and we are kicking ASS at it: Throwing away something (each of us) EVERY day. And it has to be something we were keeping for a reason (not just regular toss-outs). Of course, we get so excited about the small dent we're making that we end up throwing away even more stuff and... yup. Spring cleaning continues!
2:59pm: Re-lighting the candle for Mom (and Deb's mom too). Will light it again tomorrow, Mother's Day, a time to honor all moms, here and above.
3pm: Wouldja look at that precious cast? Aww... I miss them. So talented. Such awesome people.
3:10pm: Lunch. Ew. I thought, after eating it, that I was probably "over" gluten-free Fettuccine Alfredo. After seeing this photo, I'm TOTALLY sure I'm over it. Bleh. But I do love my salt bunny! Hee! It's also a magnet! Bonus!!
6:24pm: In the "doing things in the wrong order" department, I took a shower and then stripped the sheets off the bed and changed the towels, gathered laundry, etc., and--of course--broke a nail. So, here's my not-lovely hand-modeling hand with a broken fingernail. Dangit. Ooh, I now notice that I need to empty the shavings from my pencil sharpener. Okay... DONE. (Yes, I still use old school wooden pencils. I love them.)
7:18pm Ooh, look at that sexy Keith leg! Hee! Laundry sorting. Blah blah blah. Hot Saturday night.
7:18pm: Ooh, my new best friend the portable A/C. Yes, we had to bust that sucker out last weekend when the Santa Anas slammed into me with nosebleed force. No, we don't have it on today, but that sucker is heavy, so it's staying where it is 'til our next major cold snap. Thwok loves to stand on top of it, so it's multifunctional. Dammit, it is! I say so!
7:37pm BONUS PIC!: This month's bonus pic is DREAMSCAPE and I chose my mom's crystal heart-shaped abstract swirly paperweight. Lovely. And good Feng Shui too!
8:27pm: Dinnertime! It's gluten-free cheese pizza with some red wine (and I am all about the "table wine glass" style... I don't need your frou-frou stemware. Well, sometimes I do. You know how that goes).
Anyway, that's my (short) 12 of 12! Hope you'll join in next month. It's way cool to have a look at a day in the life. ;)
Now... time to finish my columns!
May 11, 2007
I miss you. I know you know that, but I have to say it. I miss you every moment of every day and, while there's this part of me that knows you are totally in on all the jokes now and you see everything that I'm doing in life and you support and encourage me now as ever, there's this other part of me that's totally selfish.
Yes. Missing you like this is selfish.
Because it's not that I need to know you love me and are with me (because I do know that. I know it at my very core), it's that I need to ask you questions. I want your advice. I want to hear your voice, feel comforted, and sometimes roll my eyes when you advise me in ways I'm SURE I know better (and all those other things that defiant daughters do).
I'll be fine. I'm just feeling this more than I seem to have felt it before. And you'd think it'd get easier each year, right? Ugh. Guess not.
I just miss you, Momma. Just a bunch.
Glad I don't mind crying. I'm doing that a lot.
May 10, 2007
We'll miss you, Aunt Bonnie.
For most members of my family, my arrival created the need for distinguishing between "Big Bonnie" and "Little Bonnie."
And today, "Big Bonnie" passed away... at the age of 98.
That tiny pic (Sheesh, we scanned 'em itty-bitty a zillion years ago, didn't we?) is from a visit in 1990. Man, I love my Aunt Bonnie! She was just always so funny and irreverent (hell, like most of us in this family) and SUCH a survivor (polio, anyone?) that I've always admired her. Still do.
And now she's gone to visit my mom on the day before what would've been Momma's birthday.
I'm sad. But in that good way that includes being so very aware that I'm immensely lucky to have had such wonderful women in my life, in my family, in my heart for so much of MY time here.
Goodbye, Aunt Bonnie. I never got tired of hearing you tell the story of how I'm named after you. It has been (and will continue to be) an honor.
Hee! Look at me!
This was cute. Jonathan showed me how to do it.
I'm so easily amused. And yes, you totally know I'm wearing jeans on the red carpet. Duh.
Back to work. Big casting meeting in 11.5 hours. Woo! Stay tuned. Breakdown afoot.
May 8, 2007
So, Keith and I were talking last night and I was holding my eye (twitch) and removing crusty Kleenex from my nose (bleed) and I said,
Just promise me, honey, that when I die, you'll keep up my MySpace page.
And he says, "Oh, of course! I'll put up a photo of your tombstone."
This just in from Erik:
Dear friends and family…
It's been a really long time since I've sent out an Uma update—about two weeks, actually—and I've started to get worried emails from people—asking me if everything has been okay—so I realized that I need to get back on the ball with the updates. John wrote an update last night and his update describes Uma's daily routine pretty wonderfully, so I won't go into a lot of detail, but suffice it to say: every day she gets a little bit better, every day her walking gets a tiny bit more assured, every day she gets out a new word. So I'd say she's doing pretty amazingly.
A quick anecdote: I spent a few hours with her today while John was working in the studio with Ken, and we decided to go for a walk. Uma and John usually go on a walk in the morning—down the street to get coffee—and Uma sometimes goes on walks in the afternoon, so this wasn't anything new for her, but this was the first time I'd gone on a walk with her, so I was excited for us to venture out into the world together. I knew that the longest walk she'd been on so far was to Franklin and back—which is 6 blocks each way, so: twelve blocks. Okay. So that's what I figured we'd do.
Uma and I started out on our walk and Uma was very confident. She didn't even need to use her cane. (In fact, when I asked her if she needed it, she gave me SO MUCH ATTITUDE, as if to say: "haven't you been paying attention? I don't need to use that damned thing anymore.") As we walked down the street, I flashed back on her days at the rehab facility when she was taking her first difficult steps…that was just over a month ago—and then I flashed back on two months ago when she couldn't even move her right leg AT ALL—and here she was walking through her neighborhood—without a cane, without anyone's help—walking so well. I don't want to overuse the adjective "amazing," but I can't think of another word right now.
When we got to Franklin, I told Uma it was time to turn around, and she said "no," and then pointed ahead. She wanted to walk further. "Okay, let's go," I told her. So we walked another block. And then when we got to the end of that block, I told her it was time to turn around and head back. "No," she told me, and pointed ahead. I told her we should really probably turn around, but she was adamant. So I gave in: "alright, let's go another block." So then we walked another block, and when we got to that next block, Uma was excited and enjoying herself and totally into the walk…so we went another block. By now we'd walked a total of nine blocks and Uma finally decided she was ready to turn around. So then we started heading back and by the time we got back to Franklin we'd walked twelve blocks, which was the longest walk Uma had been on so far, and by the time we hit block twelve…
…Uma was tired and so completely ready for the walk to be over. But she had insisted on walking further, so now we still had six more blocks to walk. Uma asked me, "when?" I finished the sentence for her: "When are we going to get home?" "Yes," she said. "We have six more blocks to go." Then Uma asked: "Why…" And I finished: "…why did I let you bully me into walking those extra blocks?" Uma laughed: "Yes."
Those last six blocks were tough. Uma was exhausted, so we'd walk about ten feet, then we'd take a break.
Have a sip of water.
Stand in the shade for a beat…
...and then we'd move forward another ten feet.
Then, again: pause, water, shade, then walk. And again: pause, water, shade, then walk.
Literally taking the rest of the way home in these little ten feet intervals.
As we walked those last few blocks, Uma started getting frustrated, tired, cranky, but we were almost home. We just had to get over the bend. (I know this sounds like some parable, but I swear to you there's a little hill right before you get to their house, so we LITERALLY had to get over one final bed.) We took one final break in the shade, one final sip of water. And then we continued on. Until finally—finally—we got back home and took our shoes off. Then Uma got into bed, ready to rest.
Anyway, (and this is parable time, for real) as far as Uma's speech therapy goes, I kinda feel like Uma's at the beginning of walking those last six blocks home. They are LONG blocks she still has to walk down—who knows how long it will take for her to get all of her words back—it's probably going to take a really long time. But every day she moves a couple inches forward. The thing is, she seems to comprehend everything that's going INTO her brain, but her words need to find new pathways to GET OUT, so it's kind of like she's learning how to speak again one word at a time. Which is tough, and grueling, and frustrating. But eventually she IS going to have all of her words back. I know she is. She's just gotta keep moving forward in these little intervals, and eventually she'll be "home" again, in every sense of the word.
Thank you for all of your continued love and prayers and good thoughts for her.
Here's JOHN'S LATEST UPDATE...(5/6/07):
it's been a long, long time since last i wrote. in an
explanation of why i haven't sent an update in so long
i can start by saying that i now have an entirely
differnt brand of respect for my mother and father.
as the person who gets the therapists, sets the
schedule, sets the alarm, makes the breakfast, helps
dress her, gets her to the therapists, makes lunch,
does the laundry, the dishes, makes dinner, helps in
the shower, makes music on the side to pay the bills,
and gets her medication ready, i now see a little bit
of what it must of been like for my mom and dad who
both had full time jobs and took care of us three
kids. this is love on a different level. it's love
in action and it has left little time for words (or
anything else) lately.
we've been out of rancho los amigos national
rehabilitation center in downey for about 2 and a half
weeks. of the many things she can do now that she
couldn't do then are - reach down and pick up things
from the floor, carry dishes back into the kitchen,
get things into and out of the frig, wash some of her
dishes, put toast in the toaster, answer her cell
phone and have limited conversations, change the
channel on the tv, walk up the stairs without dragging
her right foot on the lip of the stair.....etc.
there are almost too many things to tell about.
there seemed to have been a plateau upon getting home
but that turns out not to be true.
to have seen her go, literally, from not even seeing
me to walking out of rancho with a cane on her way to
her first in 'n out burger in months marked a
progression of amazing speed. but now the progress is
measured differently. whereas she has been able to
ambulate with both legs, now she is working on the
finer details of what walking means. she must
reconnect with the muscles that her brain has
forgotten about. this is a deeper level of brain
activity than the gross movements we saw at rancho.
just about everyday she says something, some word that
she didn't say before.
usually she can move her fingers on her right hand a
little each day.
i honestly don't remember how this differs from the
last email i wrote but the difference for me is that
she is more 'there', more aware and present each day.
we were walking back from dinner tonight (!) and i was
checking in with her about how best to spend the
fundraising money on her recovery. a few minutes later
a fellow musician friend of mine named ken lasaine
was walking towards us. we greeted each other,
exchanged some words and moved on. i told uma, again,
about the fund raiser and emails and life-changing
activity people have undergone learning about
her....and i mentioned that he, ken, had donated to
her fund. well, THIS time it finally hit home with
her just how much has taken place in this regard. she
just kept on saying, 'wow!' almost until we got home.
she was truly amazed and overwhelmed by this. the
thing is, i have told her about this on numerous
occasions but never has she reacted this way to the
news. she is amazed. she is overwhelmed. she
understand what you all have done for her.
we have hired two out of probably only 7 physical
therapists in southern california who not only have
doctorate degrees in the field but who are also
neurologically certified. since the gap in time
between rancho's in- and out-patient programs was so
wide, we have so far, decided to pay for pt and st at
glendale adventist hospital. the speech and physical
therapist there are really good matches for uma - they
are really good (if i'm any kind of reluctant expert
now) and really nice and really tough and true in
their vision of her path to recovery. we see the
speech and physical therapist there 3 times a week
each. we also have hired an associate professor of
physical therapy from usc to come to our house twice a
week. both pt's are co-ordinating with each other to
maximize her work. so....by saturday, uma is pretty
worn out....but today, at her suggestion, we ate
breakfast (eggs scrambled with asparagus, tomatoes,
onions and garlic with toast) on the front porch
(first time ever) and then we went to the beach. she
is really waking up.
we've been back to rancho for a physical therapy
out-patient evaluation but the program for her
wouldn't start for another 6 weeks. her speech
evaluation was performed by someone who, honestly,
didn't do a good job. having been through so much in
terms of different therapists and in interviewing and
being evaluated by a number of therapists i've learned
a little bit about what the job(s) mean. of the three
speech therapists we've seen since she left rancho,
two of them were truly prepared, worked in really
efficient and penetrating ways with uma and got really
amazing results from her. the third was from rancho.
long story short, we've decided to use the fundraising
money by hiring the therapists we have now. they are,
in my opinion, the best for her and her recovery. we
have enough to last us about 8 months of 8 therapy
seesions (5 physical, 3 speech) per week. this is a
LOT of rehab but she is determined to recover all the
way. i just wanted everyone to know how this is
going and, in a way, how your donations are being
uma loves being at home. our routines are nicer now
than a few weeks ago and they change everyday because
she can do more everyday.
i've never been through anything more life-changing or
exhausting or that has elevated my gratitude. but i
feel like i want to begin writing about her again -
or, at least, i feel like i have the energy. i don't
think i can do it every night like i did before but
i'm going to do it at least once a week. i think erik
is going to begin writing again too.
so many thanks to all of you.
all my love
May 6, 2007
Stop the bleeding!
Ugh! This is so annoying.
I've been dealing with some weird eye-twitch stuff for a few weeks now (not new to me, but new recently, as it's been a few years since this has persisted to this degree). Stress-related, blah blah blah.
Okay, so this morning, let's add a nosebleed, shall we?
And as it ends (finally), I hop in the shower to "start over" and reboot my day. Cool. Cut to ten minutes later. I'm going to eat a bite of food. Suddenly, there's blood everywhere. Again. Son of a FUCK, I am sooooooo over this!
Ugh! Okay, I get it! I'm overstressed! OKAY! I'm going to try and take some downtime. OKAY!!!!!!! Stop the bleeding! Sheeeeeeesh!
PS--Why hasn't anyone told me about the greatness that is Shear Genius on Bravo? What fun!
May 5, 2007
I blame FX.
Well, after consuming several hours of both of these fine yet angst-filled FX shows, I've found I'm having *really* creepy dreams.
Lots of dead people. Lots of dying people. Lots of lying. Lots of covering up lies. Lots of suspicion and emotional turmoil.
This is NOT how a Bon gets her rest on.
Oooh, goodie! The Biggest Loser marathon on The Style Network. That oughtta cleanse the palate a bit! Phew!
May 4, 2007
That's pretty dang cool! Lookee this!
Thanks for reading, y'all! Yippee!
The Ultimate Guide to Productivity Group Writing Project
My first thought (before following any links, just reading her emailed head's up) was, "Cool. I've been remiss in blogging lately and I loves me a good meme." Second thought (after following links) was, "Ack! What the EFF do *I* know about productivity?!? And how on Earth would I write about it in such a way as to be worthy of inclusion in a group writing project of this quality?"
And then I started composing a comment to post at Colleen's entry on the subject. It started out as a quick "way out" of having to do this, and then it became exact evidence of precisely how it is I am productive: I start out thinking, "Eh," but then KEEP GOING until I am thinking, "Holy crap! This is IT!"
So, here's the comment in its entirety. Enjoy!
Oh dear me, I am so embarrassed to say this, but my one and only productivity tip is this:
Pretty shitty tip, no?
Because while I have a buttload of ideas about what makes me as productive as I am (doing what I love 95% of the time, doing what I dislike but have to do only 5% of the time; finding inspiration to ACT on ideas before the monkey mind comes in and distracts me or tries to talk me out of acting; writing quickly, editing slowly; using color-coded transparent pockets to organize papers, using color-coded Entourage rules to organize emails; going radio silence for blocks of time in order to recharge and reconnect with Self; cubbies, glorious cubbies; intern days once a week; holding my feet to the fire with regard to my deadlines--both for getting work done and stopping the work; doing as much of my living in public as possible, so that I don't have to answer as many individual questions as the inefficient public would like to have me do; trusting that I am valued not for what I do, but for the very fact that I simply AM; and playing as hard as I work, just not as often), it's the lack of sleep that *really* allows me to be as PRODUCTIVE as I am.
And how can you turn that into a tip? It's a disorder!
Ah well, maybe THAT's my tip.
Turn your disorders into tools to help you ROCK.
Ooh, much better.
There you have it!
And now I tag/request posts on this topic from some of my favorite productive people: Adam Marcus, Alex Collins, Anna Christopher, Anna Vocino, Bob Brody, Camille Mana, Dawn Andrews, Debbie Campbell, Faith Salie, Joel Viertel, Kimberley Browning, Kristina Hughes, Mitchell Fink, and Stephon Fuller.
Happy weekend, everyone.
PS--Anyone else love it when CNN covers Paris Hilton's DUI jail sentence news and breaks for commercials... one of which is an ad for the Hilton Family of Hotels? Man, that's good stuff!
May 2, 2007
Cricket Feet Casting: Actors Showcase
I'm really excited! After a great inaugural showcase last month, we are now producing the second version of the Cricket Feet Casting Actors Showcase under the direction of Emmy Award-winning director Anna Christopher!
The breakdown was just released on Actors Access and we're accepting submissions through 5/18/07.
Auditions will take place the week of 5/29 and the showcase dates are 7/24, 7/25, and 7/26 at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. PLEASE visit CricketFeetShowcase.com for all of the details and submit ONLY through Actors Access.
So excited to introduce my industry contacts to the BEST and BRIGHTEST actors in town! (And while that exposure--and the mega consulting on marketing materials and working within your primary type--is super cool, there are also prizes from our industry sponsors for actors whose showcase performances score the highest in our industry FEEDBACK forms. Coooooool!)
Thanks for your interest and support! Woo!