Sunday, December 18, 2011

Gig Alert: Safe Horizons

This week I was in a sizzle reel for Safe Horizon, a non-profit human rights organization that helps women and children escaping violence and trafficking.  I played a victim of sex trafficking who's made a new start thanks to the services of Safe Horizon...  The production team was Iron Way Films - awesome guys!  The shoot location was Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
And I booked the gig via Facebook (!) - the film director posted on a request for resumes of minority actresses on the wall of a friend of mine who does a lot of commercials.  I inboxed the guy immediately, sent him my "press kit" and got the job; no audition!  So the message for this one is don't sleep on social media - it's a great tool not just for networking, but for actually booking work.

(That is NOT me in the photo - I'll post my sizzle reel once i get copy.  This image is from SafeHorizon.org)

If you know someone being victimized by sex or labor trafficking, please call Safe Horizon's 24 hotline: 
1-800-621-HOPE (4673) 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Little good deeds = win/ win

I was at a Cloudforce convention last week and among all the usual product booths, there was this ingenious little stand.  The non-profit children's development organization Playworks had letters from young kids in their after-school programs.  Convention attendees could read the letters and write letters back:  a pen-pal station!  Brilliant!  Definitely a highlight of the day  - and a smart marketing move.  Everyone felt the warm fuzzies and the organizations got some exposure. Here's me writing back to an 11 year old boy named Corey who wrote about following dreams...

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gig Alert: Cuffin'





I just got cast in the new web series Cuffin'!  Check out the promo!

Since I always get emails asking about details behind booking gigs, I've decided to answer everyone in this forum:

How'd I book this?
I submitted my headshot and resume via Backstage.com.

What was the audition like?
It was a little different from the usual, which was refreshing. Instead of just reading sides and/or doing  a monologue then leaving, this process began with an interview. The show's creator and one of the other actors told me about the project and asked me about myself. Then we talked about the character and upcoming episodes. Next, I read a short voiceover which was filmed. Right after that, I was asked to stay for the callbacks which would be done in group form. About a dozen of us were called back. The creator and director had us improv a scene with the actor who was already playing the love interest of the character we were auditioning for. Improving in front of your competitors! That was kind of exhilarating! Finally, we performed an actual scene from the script - again, in front of everyone - then we were done. It all took about an hour.

Did I know I'd "hit" it during the audition?
No, I wasn't sure about whether I'd be cast, but I felt confident about my choices throughout.

Who is involved in the project?
The creator is Brittney Adina. She's, actually, a dancer and this is her first time doing something like this, but she's got the full package! She writes, produces, directs and stars in this project and 6 episode are already written and scheduled for shooting. This is a woman to watch!
The actor who plays my character's love interest was brilliant at the audition. Frank gave each improv with each actress his full energy, making fresh and generous choices. Yeah, this one's a star in the making!

Why'd I say yes?
I could tell immediately that, while this is a low-budget project, the players are serious and this project will go far. The content is rich and the team is professional, energetic and dedicated.

I'M SO EXCITED TO START!!!
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