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“Alison’s Choice” Official Trailer

 

Check out the trailer for “Alison’s Choice”. Alison is a young teen who finds herself pregnant. As she embarks on a journey to decide whether or not to keep the baby, she meets a variety of characters who influence her one way or another.  I play Rita, a suburban housewife, who has her own story to tell.

“Alison’s Choice” is a powerful film and I’m proud to be a part of it.  To pick up your own copy of the film, visit http://alisonschoice.com/.

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Hello!

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I welcomed my 2nd daughter in June of 2014.  Being a mother to my two little girls has been by far my favorite role. I have loved deeply, laughed more, and slept less, but have been more fulfilled and happier since these little girls have entered my life. I’ve posted less, but I’ll be back posting about some of the projects. Thanks for following my journey.

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Screening of “Alison’s Choice”

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Cast and crew of the faith based film, “Alison’s Choice”

A Screening of “Alison’s Choice” was held on November 15, 2015 at Oneonta Congregational Church.  My husband, Lincoln, and I hosted the screening.  I contacted the local paper to get the word out and took to social media to promote the film and actors daily.  Director, Bruce Marchiano, and his social media team also worked to promote the screening. I wasn’t sure how many people would attend, and frankly I was a little nervous.  I had never hosted a film screening before. But the night of the screening the fellowship hall at the church quickly filled up.  People drove from as far as Riverside to see the film and meet Bruce. It was also great to see so many cast and crew members in attendance.  I hadn’t seen them since we filmed last January and it was great to catch up.

Our friend, Dave Schwend, popped popcorn and we offered light refreshments for all who attended.  Following the screening there was a Q&A with Bruce Marchiano and cast members Chanel Marriott, Britt Prentice, Amy Lyndon, Liz Randall and myself.  Bruce brought glossy 11×14 sized film posters and the cast and I autographed posters for all who attended. Overall the screening was a complete success and I walked away feeling exhilarated!   Thank you to all who attended!

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Q&A with the cast of Alison’s Choice

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ADR For “Alison’s Choice”

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Recording ADR on “Alison’s Choice” at Monkeyland Audio. Photo courtesy of Writer/Director, Bruce Marchiano.

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McDonald’s Commercial

Catch me in the latest McDonald’s spot. Thanks to Commercials Unlimited, Golin Global, DM Casting & Director Michael Chaves!

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Photos from Day 3 of “Alison’s Choice”

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Actress Jennifer Keller taking direction from Bruce Marchiano. Photo credit: Eddie de la Rosa

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Actresses Megan Black, Bunny Gibson, Jennifer Keller and Chanel Marriott.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer/Director Bruce Marchiano, Producer Brandon Riley, Actress Jennifer Keller and Director of Photography Phillip Hurn.

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Photo from Day 2 of Alison’s Choice

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A quick pic from my 2nd day of filming “Alison’s Choice”.

 

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My Little Actress

My daughter, Everleigh, was cast in “Alison’s Choice”. It was such a joy to watch her working with lead actress, Chanel Marriott. Here are a few pictures from the shoot.

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Check out the Facebook page to get updates about this incredible film: https://www.facebook.com/alisonschoice or on Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/alisonschoice

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“Alison’s Choice” Independent Feature Film Shoot: Day 1

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Behind the scenes photo of actresses Jennifer Keller and Chanel Marriott with writer/director Bruce Marchiano.

January 12th was a beautiful day.  It was the first day of filming for a faith-based independent feature film called “Alison’s Choice”.  My teeth were chattering as I arrived at 6:30am on set in Arcadia, CA. I was greeted by the second AD, Frederick Gourgue, who introduced to the make up artist, Kristen Castellano.  I enjoyed chatting over hot tea with our film’s star, Chanel Marriott.

I play Rita, a upscale mother of two, whose chance encounter with Alison influences her journey in the film.

“Alison’s Choice” writer/director, Bruce Marchiano, greeted everyone with a kind welcome and we jumped right into rehearsal and filming.  For me acting is always a mix of joy and fear.  I love my craft, but there is an element of vulnerability every time I step in front of the camera.  There is that little voice in the back of my head that says, “don’t blow it”.  And as I sat outside on that park bench with Chanel, my teeth chattering, I just had to tell that little voice to quiet down, to trust in the work I put into the character of Rita (as my favorite coach, Christinna Chancey, would remind me). One of the great things about working with Bruce on set is that he has a gift for encouragement. He has a kind word for everyone.  And surprisingly, most actors will agree that is a rare on sets. And so I breathed life into the character of Rita that day and trusted in Bruce’s direction.

It was a pleasure to work with both Bruce and Chanel on this scene.  I’ll be on pins and needles until I see the final product.

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Behind the scenes of “Alison’s Choice”. Photo Credit: Joth Riggs.

 

 

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“Like a Baby” Music Video

And that’s a wrap!  Enjoy “Like a Baby” by Seven Years. Directed by Christinna Chauncey.

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Filming: Day 1

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Jennifer on the set of a music video for the band, “Seven Years”.

On Saturday I had the opportunity to work on a new music video for the band,  “Seven Years” .  The song is from their debut album, “Time To Change”.

My long time friend and  acting coach, Christinna Chauncey, cast me in her directorial debut. I have so much respect for Christinna and it was an honor to work with her outside of a class setting.  She has coached me both in class and for various film roles and we have a great rapport.

On the first day of filming we shot at Village Church in Burbank, CA.  When I arrived on location I met with the producer and songwriter, Suthurn Hicks, and wardrobe stylist, Mara Mara.  Everyone was so friendly and I felt so welcome on set. I knew it was going to be a great day.  Mara dressed me in an awesome tan coat and chunky scarf.  You would never know that it was actually sunny and warm in LA (luckily it wasn’t too warm). Once dressed, we started filming around the church campus.  The campus had so much to offer.  The final product is going to look really great and you’ll never believe we are actually at a church.

In between takes I chatted it up with lead singer, Cole Williams.  Cole is also a mom of a two-year-old. Her sweet little one was even on set.  We really hit it off and set up a play date for our kiddos.  What an unexpected little surprise that was.

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A quick photo in between takes.

Our second location was at a condo in North Hollywood.  This mood of this scene was somber.  Christinna gave me great notes and I felt like we were able to achieve her vision for the scene.  We shot in a really artistically decorated bathroom, I just had to get a photo of it before we finished for the day.

Day One of filming went really well! One more day to go!

To learn more about “Seven Years”, visit: http://musicofsevenyears.wordpress.com/.

 

 

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Déjà vu

Over the weekend I attended a friend’s wedding at beautiful Villa del Sol d’Oro in Sierra Madre, CA.  As soon as I pulled in the driveway a wave of déjà vu washed over me.  I had been here before.  And then it hit me, I shot my first commercial at this location.   It was an American Express commercial and you can check it out here: 

Here I am standing in the spot where we shot:

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New Headshots

Jennifer Keller 2013I recently had new headshots taken by Michael D’Ambrosia.  This is my second time shooting with Michael. I first shot with him when I was was a fresh-faced new actor in  LA. He was recommended by my agents at CU. Since they had asked for the new shots, I decided to shoot with him again.

With this session I was striving for 4 very specific looks: an approachable commercial look, a sweet Midwest mom, the icy upscale woman and the detective.  I spoke at length about these looks with Alma, the Make-up Artist, and brought a number of clothing choices for each.  Michael and Alma were really helpful.  For instance Michael strongly suggested I wear the peach cardigan, which I originally brought as a back up.  It turned out to be a great choice.

In fact, I’m thrilled with all my shots! Michael shoots outdoors in natural light, which I really liked.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots. These are unedited shots. To view more of my new headshots, click on the “Headshots” Link at the top of the page.

Which one is your favorite?

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Commercial Callback Workshop – Week 1

Howdy all!   My awesome agents at Commercials Unlimited have sent me out on some really great commercial auditions in the past few months.  I get a call backed for maybe 4 out of 5 auditions I go out on….but I haven’t booked anything lately

So frustrating.

I was scrolling down posts on twitter the other day (find me at https://twitter.com/JenniferKeller1) and I spotted this tweet:

30% of the Feb Wed. Callback Class has ALREADY BOOKED AND WEEK 4 WAS JUST LAST NIGHT!!!!!!!!! OMG CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!!!!!

And I knew it was time. Time to take the commercial callback class I have been mulling over for over 6 months.  I immediately called to inquire about the next available class.  Originally I was told it was full, but to call back after the weekend. And you know what?  A spot opened up in the class.

It was a sign.

Let me tell you more about the class.  The commercial callback class is a  4 week, on camera workshop that recreates the different aspects of the callback.  The last week of this class doubles as an actual performance in front of a professional casting director.

I arrived for my first class and I was nervous!  I’ve been acting and auditioning for commercials for years, so I couldn’t believe how jittery I felt.  We started off class as we would with in a commercial callback.  There was a sign in sheet, storyboard of the commercial and sides when I arrived. There were about 15 students in the workshop. We were brought in the audition room in groups of three and then we watched ourselves after everyone had “auditioned”.  Afterwards we officially met Killian. He talked to us about his experiences working at Alyson Horn Casting and gave us some interesting and helpful nuggets about the commercial casting and auditioning process. Now I’m not going to talk about all the ins and outs of this class, you’re going to have to sign up yourself for that, but I will say that it was eye-opening.  And watching myself in an audition setting was oddly calming.  Every actor deals with a little insecurity from time to time, and I think my lack of bookings shook my confidence slightly.  Seeing what I brought to the table in the audition and a couple very fixable mistakes (such as not cheating out to the camera) made me feel empowered.

I can’t wait until the next class.  I can’t wait for my next audition!

For more information about taking this class, visit http://www.killiansworkshop.com/classes.html

 

 

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Two Auditions on Wednesday

I had two auditions on Wednesday!  This is the life of a working actress in LA.  Not the one I expected when I was a bright-eyed, recent college graduate, but a more realistic version.

I received notification from my agents at CU that I would have a late afternoon commercial audition the night before.  But around noon, I received a call about a co-star audition from my agents at Clear Talent Group. Nice! I downloaded the sides as my toddler climbed on my back and tried to strike all the keys on my computer.  It was a nice scene on a confidential CW show and I started working on it as soon as I got my toddler down for her nap.

I love nap time, when it happens.  I showered, dressed and ran lines before braving late afternoon traffic on my way to Studio City.

My first stop was Beth Holmes Casting.  This was my first time auditioning for Beth Holmes, which was very exciting.  I walked into the casting facility at Loudmouth Studios fifteen minutes early to look over the sides.  There was a sea of blondes in the room when I arrived.  A casting associate in the lobby paired me with another actor and we rehearsed the lines until it was our turn.

The audition was on tape for casting.  The casting associate already knew the actor I was paired with and they started chit-chatting about people they knew.  On a side note, sometimes this happens. Some actors are really “buddy buddy” with the casting directors.  For my readers, especially fellow actors, don’t let that throw you.  You’re there to do a job, and it is okay if you do not have a prior relationship with casting.  If you’re right for the role, you’re right for the role.   So, back to the audition. After their brief chit-chat, we ran through the scene twice.   I felt happy with the audition. I felt that my fellow actor and I had a nice “banter” in the audition.  I’m really hoping for a call back.

Next, I was off to Hollywood.

I had some time to kill and was starving, so I hit up my favorite fast food restaurant: Chick-Fil-A. I got a chicken sandwich and a carrot & raisin salad.  Yum.  Generally I’m not big fan of fast foot, but I think the food quality is a lot better than most places.  I also practiced my lines over, and over, again in the parking lot.  To the other patrons I probably looked a little funny “talking to myself” in the car, but oh well!

Afterwards I drove over to Sunset/Gower Studios for my co-star audition.  Gower Street is a scary place at night.  I had to park on the street, and the only spot I could find was several blocks away from the entrance to the studio.  The neighborhood isn’t that great and I briskly walked by a number of homeless men who were bundled up for the night.  I walked close to the street and held my keys tightly just in case someone tried to grab my bag.  Luckily I didn’t have any trouble.

I made it safely to the studio, checked in, and bee-lined straight to the bathroom to change into my new outfit. Once I was “prepped”, I signed in for the audition. There were a number of ladies in the small waiting room, all with different looks (a contrast to my earlier audition).   When it was my turn, I greeted the casting associate. I’ve been called into audition for this CW show 4 times now and it is always nice to see her.

I felt really confident walking into this audition.  But as soon as we started, I faltered on the lines even though I had my script in my hands. In spite of my prep work it just didn’t go as smoothly as I had rehearsed.  Why?  I don’t know.   Sadly, that’s just how it goes sometimes.   And unfortunately, co-star auditions are just one take.

So, now what?  I’m going to let it go and look forward to the next audition.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this Industry, it’s that you have let auditions “roll like water off a duck’s back”.  You must think of every audition as a job: you go it, do the work, and go home. If you dwell on what you said or how you said it, you’ll just drive yourself crazy.  You have to focus on the “win”, which is that you had the audition in the first place.

You may be wondering why I’m fessing up to my not so stellar audition.  Well, because that’s life. If things went perfectly every time, I wouldn’t grow as an actor or as a person.   And who knows what role is waiting for me around the corner?  You may have heard the old phrase “When God closes a door, He opens a window”. Well, I’m just looking for my next window.

 

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“Abner, The Invisible Dog” is on IMDB

“Abner, The Invisible Dog” is on IMDB!  Check it out on my page:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2319926/

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First Day of Filming “Abner, The Invisible Dog”

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Jennifer on set with co-stars Jane Kean and Ted Monte

I started filming “Abner”, a new Independent Feature Film on November 18th.  “Abner” is a kids movie and I have been cast as the mother of the lead character.   The first day of filming I met my co-stars, Ted Monte and Jane Kean.  What an honor to work with both of them.  Jane Kean was a series regular on “The Jackie Gleason Show”, starred in Pete’s Dragon (a personal fav when I was a kid) and has a resume that spans decades.   Ted Monte plays my husband in the film and he has also been working for years.  Both actors were really nice and funny.   It was a great way to start my 5 day shoot!

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News!

I booked a role in an Independent Feature Film!  I start on Sunday and shoot 6 days over the next week and a half.  I am very excited. Details will follow.  Keep checking back!

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Co-Star Audition

On Friday, I had an audition for a co-star role in a show on the CW.  This is my third co-star audition since signing with Clear Talent Group (thanks to Brianna and Nelson!).  On a side note, curious about what it means to audition for a co-star?  Read this post: https://jenniferkeller.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/co-star-audition/.

I’m going to keep the name of this show confidential so I can talk  in detail about the audition and my preparation for it.  Releasing information about a TV show, film or commercial that you, the actor, auditions for is a BIG “no, no”.   The Entertainment Industry prides itself in the element of surprise.

I checked my e-mail and read through the sides. The role was a “Pageant Mom” of a 7-year-old girl.  So how did I prepare for that?  I watched TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras” online.  Seriously.  I’m not familiar with the world of kids pageants, and this might sound cliché,  but it gave me some new ideas for my character.

Afterwards I chose my outfit to get “in character” and practiced my lines. A lot of work for a couple of lines, but totally worth it!!  The whole process is very exciting for me.

The next day I arrived at the studio and checked in with security. Surprisingly, there were not any other actresses in the waiting room.  I actually like to see who else is auditioning for the role.  It gives me an idea of what the Casting Director might be looking for.

The Casting Associate  walked in and called my name. I was brought into a small audition room with a blue wall and a small camcorder.  Generally speaking, co-star roles are taped for the producers to watch. The role is then cast off the tape.  The Casting Associate asked me to give three different interpretations of the scene without stopping the camera in between takes.  That’s where your training comes in–I didn’t have time to stop and think about my delivery, I had to trust my instincts.

Overall, I felt like I gave three distinct interpretations for this character.  That’s all I can ask for.  Now, if I fit what casting is looking for, then I’ll get the role. But I know I left the studio feeling like I did my job well.

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“Short Term” Webisode Shoot

A friend of mine is an actor and producer of a webisode called “Short Term”.  “Short Term” is a web series that takes a comedic look at the day to day life at a Temp Agency.  On Thursday, my friend asked if I would be interested in shooting a co-star role for the series finale. The scene called for a family, so she also asked if my husband and toddler daughter would be interested in filming .  My husband is not pursuing a career in the business, but he is a real natural and was up for it.

The Saturday morning shoot went great.  The scene was very sweet, I am grateful to have been a part of it.  Though I have to say, I think my toddler stole the show.  She was so sweet.  She had a line, but in true toddler form, she added her own lines.  Everyone on set was smiling.  She did a great job.  And, for the record, so did my husband.

We’ll be very excited to see the finale.

If you haven’t watched “Short Term” yet, check it out at http://www.shortterm.tv/

Check out a photo from the shoot on Instagram:

 

 

 

 

 

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Co-Star Audition

Today I had a co-star audition for a new Fall TV Show called “Animal Practice”.  “Animal Practice” is a comedy about a Veterinarian who does not like his patients’ owners.  Check it out, it’s pretty funny.

First of all, let’s talk about what a co-star is.  I know the terms can be pretty confusing: co-star, guest-star, recurring, series regular…what does it all mean?  A co-star is a small role in one episode of a TV Show.  The size of a co-star role can vary from episode to episode.  Sometimes a co-star is in one scene, such as a nurse, secretary or cop, and has a line or two. A co-star can also be a supporting character to a series regular (a starring character who is seen in every episode) and may be in a couple different scenes with a line or two in each scene. And, according to Nelson at Clear Talent, can sometimes work up to a week on the whole episode.

For those of us actors who are just starting out in TV, the co-star role is a chance to get a foot in the door. Like any other profession, an actor has to work their way up the ladder by starting with co-star bookings, then guest star roles (meaning the storyline centers around that particular character, or they have a larger and more significant role in the script) and ideally recurring guest star and series regular roles.

Are there actors who climb the ladder quickly and after one booking find themselves auditioning for series regulars?  Of course.  But there are also actors who work regularly as guest stars and co-stars and have not been able to break into a series regular role. And there are actors all over LA just trying to get their foot in the door with auditions for co-star roles.

So, this was a big opportunity! Very exciting.

Back to the audition.  I was thrilled to receive the call from Clear Talent Group about this audition.  The first thing I did was read through the sides, which included 2 different scenes.   Next, I checked out the producers and director on IMDB so I would be familiar with their work and style. Lastly, I needed to become familiar with this new show so I would understand the tone of the scene and (very importantly) know who my character was talking to.  I easily found the pilot on Hulu and settled in to watch it.

As I wrote above, the show is funny.  It is a single camera comedy, from the producers of “The Office” and “Community”.  I know I’ll be watching for the next episode in 2 weeks!

Once I understood the tone of the show, I worked on my lines and (also very importantly) picked out my outfit.  I needed to make sure I chose something that fit the character.  Once “in costume”, I could continue the work to find this character.

The audition was at 10 am this morning for Lisa Miller Katz Casting. I was so afraid of morning traffic that I left super early and arrived with 25 minutes to spare.  It’s always better to be early!!  I found the casting office and signed in.  Of course, I had to look around the room at the other ladies auditioning.  I always look at what everyone else is wearing.   I guess I want to make sure my outfit choice was spot on. It was. Whew!

Before I knew it,  I was up.  My agent had already informed me that this audition would be on tape for producers. I met with the Casting Associate,  Sibby Kirchgessner.  I actually met Sibby several years ago when I worked as a Career Consultant at AIA Studios. It was nice to see her again.

Overall I thought the audition went well.  We did two takes on camera and I felt confident about that second take.

Thanks to Brianna and Nelson at Clear Talent Group for sending me out and to Lisa Miller Katz Casting for calling me in!

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New Headshot Session with David Muller Photography

On Monday I had new headshots taken by David Muller.  David has become my “go to” photographer for headshots.  I shot with him on two other occasions and have always been thrilled with the results.  I’ve been in LA for 7 years now and have shot with many photographers in the past, but I’ve had the best results with David.  His headshots are clean, crisp and he has a way of making my eyes “pop” (there’s an old pageant term for you).  And my commercial auditions tripled after my first session with him.  Seriously.

I scheduled this new session with one goal in mind, a new commercial shot.  I shot with David last year and have a variety of really great theatrical looks.  But I’ve dropped 10 lbs since then (bye bye baby weight) so I wanted to try to capture a new commercial look. After a whirlwind 2 weeks of shopping for the “perfect shirt” (and buying 7 shirts in various styles and shade of blue), I popped over to Space 905 in Hollywood for our session.

Upon arriving I was warmly welcomed by Kate Hollinshead, David’s awesome assistant and Make Up Artist extraordinaire.  Coincidentally enough, Kate and I first met on the set of a Tidy Cat Commercial in 2008.  And I was floored when I bumped into her at again at my first session in 2009.  She has become my “go to” Make Up Artist.  She really has a knack for choosing the perfect colors for me so that I photograph well.  And she has to be one the sweetest people I’ve ever met.

Since this is my 3rd time shooting with David and Kate, I am really comfortable with the two of them. They really are more like friends.

If you are looking for new headshots visit http://www.davidmullerphotography.com.  I just cannot say enough good things about David Muller and Kate Hollinshead!!

David is a good sport. He snaps a photo with me for my blog after each headshot session with no complaints.

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Recent Auditions for Jennifer

I’ve been busy with commercial and print auditions the past month, but have been behind in my posts. I want to extend my gratitude to the following casting directors for the auditions and callbacks that I’ve had recently:

Dan Cowan, Broadcast

Michael Sandford, Sanford Casting

Dan Bell, Bell Casting

Katie Taylor, Taylor Casting

Brigid McBride, McBride Casting

David Martinez, David Martinez Photography

Thank you to each of you for the opportunity to audition for your commercial or print projects.  Some of you I have auditioned for in the past, a couple of you called me in for the first time.

I hope to audition for  each of you again in the future.

Thank you again!

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“Selective Memory”, A Short Film

Check out my latest project, a short film called “Selective Memory”

Written and Directed by Thomas D. Moser

Starring Michael O’Hare Wallace, Katherine Phillips Moser and Jennifer Keller

Story: A man wakes up in a restaurant with no memory of how he got there. A wound, gun, and briefcase with just one photograph are his only clues about who he is.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 · 10:51 am

“Wedding Day” at the Downtown Independent Theater

Jennifer with Director/Producer, Andre Gordon, and Producer Stephanie Drapeau

“Wedding Day” screened at Downtown Independent Theater on Saturday.  I attended to support this great film and to see friends from the project.  This is my second time seeing the film on the big screen.   Special thanks to my LA based friends who joined me for the screening!

“Wedding Day” may be available on Netflix in the future.  Keep checking back for details.

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See “Wedding Day” The Feature Film TONIGHT!

Want to see “Wedding Day”? If you live in LA, now is your chance!!  See is TONIGHT, Saturday April 21st at 7 pm. The film is screening at:

Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(http://www.downtownindependent.com/)

TICKETS: $10

“Wedding Day” follows 2 couples getting married as the best day of their lives becomes their worst nightmares.

Starring David Koechner, C Thomas Howell, Stephanie Drapeau, Jennifer Keller, Andre Gordon, Brandon Molale, Sean Field, Kate Siegel and James Lyons

Check out the trailer

I play one of the two brides getting married in the film, opposite Brandon Molale.  Hope you can join me tonight!

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Two More Days to Help “One Week”

Only 2 days left and we are still trying to raise money for post-production costs. Pretty please help us out, every little bit counts: http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

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Commercial Audition at Dan Bell Casting

Friday was a day of firsts! My 15 month old and I had our first Mother/Daughter Commercial Audition at Dan Bell Casting, an office I’ve never auditioned at before.

Our audition was scheduled for 11:20 AM.  Since the baby naps at 11:30 AM (was acting particularly grumpy that morning),  I packed her up early in an effort to arrive early at the casting office in Santa Monica   My hope was that we would audition and then the baby would be able to sleep in the car on the ride home. However, when we arrived, I realized she had fallen asleep in her carseat!  I decided to let her sleep.  At ten after 11, I woke her and packed her in the stroller. Luckily there were not too many tears! I gave her some snacks.  I’ve learned that distraction is the key to parenting.

My mind was racing as I signed in.  “How will she act in this audition?” I thought to myself. “Will she be grumpy?” “Will she cry?” I decided I couldn’t worry too much about it.  Kids will be kids.

Once we arrived, however, she was really interested in the other babies in the room.  My girl was older than the other babies, who were all between 7 and 10 months old.  She pointed at the other babies and “chatted” with the moms.  Things were looking up!

When it was our turn, we walked into the casting room and met the casting associate.  I had a few lines, the rest of the audition was about the baby.  And she did a great job!  She was just so sweet.  She wasn’t her usual smiley self, but she was chatty and oh so cute.  Even the casting associate couldn’t help but react to her.

I am grateful that our first audition together went so well!  Special thanks to Dan Bell Casting for calling us in and to my agents at CU for submitting us!

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The “One Week” Indie Go Go Campaign

We reached our minimum goal!  We are grateful to our supporters. Thank you for believing in us and in this project!

We are still trying to raise $500 for post-production costs, which include editing, reproduction, distribution, marketing and fees for submitting to film festivals .

If you haven’t already, please consider helping us with this film. You will forever be attached to a piece of movie magic.

And to those who have already helped us, thank you again!

To learn more, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

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Press from the “Wedding Day” Premiere

 

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“One Week” Short Film and Fundraising Campaign

“One Week” is a romantic comedy that gives an honest look into the dishonest world of online dating. We follow Jill, a woman who wants love, but will settle for a date in a hurry just to keep up appearances for her family. However, some things aren’t meant to be rushed. She soon finds herself in surprising situations, which leads her to new insights about life and love.

Starring: Jennifer Keller, Brad Carter, Ryan Dobson, Debra Lynn Hull, and Jennifer Jarrett.

Directed by: Thomas D. Moser

PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS MOVIE!!

In order to make this short film, we need between $1000-$1500 to get started.  Want to help? Visit: http://www.indiegogo.com/oneweek

Wondering what we’re going to do with it?

  • Studio Lighting Rental will cost roughly $200-$250 a day
  • A Sound Technician will cost roughly $300-$400
  • Cast/Crew lunch/drinks/snacks will cost roughly $200 a day

We understand that you may not be able to contribute to our campaign financially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help!  Please spread the word about our film on Facebook and Twitter. Post a link to our Indie Go Go Campaign on your site.  And “like” us on Facebook so we can keep you up to date with our project.

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Jennifer

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“Wedding Day” Film Review

 

 

The first review for “Wedding Day” is IN:

http://thescoopla.com/4550/wedding-day

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“Wedding Day” Film Premiere

The “Wedding Day” Film Premiere and Red Carpet Event was Monday night!  It was such an exciting night.  “Wedding Day” is an Independent Feature Film that I worked on in 2010 and 2011. I have worked on a number of short films in the past few years, but this is my first leading role in a full length feature film.  This was a big night for me.

I bought a new dress from White House/Black Market for the event.  I spend an hour getting ready, making sure my hair and make up looked just right. And finally, I was ready to drive into Hollywood for the Premiere.

When I arrived I was escorted to the red carpet and was photographed by about 10 different photographers.  Next I was interviewed about the film.  Afterwards I was able to catch up with the cast  and directors of “Wedding Day” in the lobby, many of which I haven’t seen since we first started filming in 2010.  To learn more about the cast, visit http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1562918/.

After all the actors walked the red carpet and were interviewed, we were escorted into the screening room to watch the film  It looked great!  There will be a limited theatrical release soon. Keep checking back for details.

Check out a few  personal photos from the event:

Jennifer Keller and Brandon Molale at the Premiere of “Wedding Day”. Jennifer plays “Brooke” who is engaged to marry “Cody”, played by Brandon.

Jennifer with director, Dale Fabrigar

Jennifer with Director/Producer, Andre Gordon, and Producer Stephanie Drapeau

For more photos, visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Keller/112446636168

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Audition for a Short Film

On Friday I auditioned for a short film at CAZT, which is a casting facility located on N Formosa Ave in West Hollywood.

I auditioned for the role of Judy in a film called “Lifers”.  The film was described as a dark comedy.

Soon after signing in, I was welcomed into the audition room by the director, Mike Fitzgerald and the producer, Christian Parent.  I asked a quick question about the sides and then we jumped right into the audition.  The audition was a single take, on tape.

Thanks to Christian and Mike for the opportunity!

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Wedding Day Trailer

Check out the new Trailer for “Wedding Day”

 

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Commercial Audition and a Funny Story

Today, I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting!  I haven’t been called in by Ross Lacy since before my pregnancy, so it was really awesome to get the opportunity.

I had a 2:45 PM audition scheduled and I arrived 15 minutes early.  My friend, Jen, met me there so she could watch the baby.   I’m lucky to have such a good friend.

I arrived in my best commercial “mom” attire: cardigan sweater and jeans (watch any commercial featuring a mom and you’ll see).  I knew my friend had an audition this afternoon as well so, counting the names of actresses who signed in before me,  I found myself with a common dilemma:

Do I sign in now, which reserves my spot, and hope that I finish primping before the four actresses ahead of me are done? Or do I primp in the ladies room first and risk the chance that several more actresses will arrive within that time and sign in, increasing my potential wait time?

Now, I realize this could sound like a silly dilemma to my readers, but I work in an industry of first impressions.

**Disclaimer: Yes, I take time to choose my outfit and fix my hair BEFORE I leave the house. But being a mom is a game changer! A lot can happen by the time I pack up the baby, change her diaper, debate on how many baby food squeeze packets/changes of outfits to bring, run back into the house for Cheerios (which my little sweet pea is asking for as I lock up the door… and since she only has a handful of words, this is a big deal), lumber down the steps to the parking garage with baby/purse/diaper bag/headshots/another bright-colored cardigan (in case the role is more comedic) in tow, pack everyone/thing into the car and drive 20 minutes to the audition site.**

So, back to my dilemma, I decided to take a gamble and sign in FIRST.  As I turned to Jen to say “I’m going to run to the ladies room”,  my name was called for the audition. Awesome.  So I had to forgo the lip gloss, yank out my ponytail and shove my sunglasses into my pocket as I walked into the audition room.

To top it off, I was chewing gum, which is a big “NO, NO!”  I looked frantically for a garbage can. Two wire metal trash cans were within range, but neither had a bag in them so I improvised and pressed the gum to the roof of my mouth.  Ha! I haven’t done that since 8th grade history class in an effort to avoid getting written up by Mrs. Denges (and if you’re reading this, Mrs. Denges, it was only once).  This was not an ideal situation, but sometimes you gotta make it work.

The audition went smooth and I was in and out (and, in case you were wondering, at no time did I choke on the gum).

This just goes to show that even a seasoned commercial actress needs a little reminder now and then of proper audition protocol: PRIMP BEFORE YOU SIGN IN.

Did this crazy situation mess up my “game face” or ruin my chances at receiving a call back? I would say no.  It’s like planning a wedding–no matter how much you anticipate, something will always go wrong and usually the only one to notice it is you.  So, if I’m right for the part it won’t matter that every hair was not in place.

I had one last surprise as Jen and I were saying our goodbyes. My sweet little teething girl, let out a big scream in the middle of the crowded, 6 room casting facility.  *Sigh*  And with that, it was time to go.  Never a dull moment!

Overall, it was so nice to read for Ross Lacy Casting again. As always, I am grateful for the opportunity and for my wonderful agents at Commercials Unlimited, who consistently submit me for great projects!

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Wedding Day Feature Film

Check out the new website for “Wedding Day”: http://weddingdaymovie.net/index.html. I play Brooke Mason, one of two brides getting married in the film.

Also, please “like” the film on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wedding-Day-The-Feature-Film/317164059449

Release dates have not been announced yet. Keep checking back for updates

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Commercial CALLBACK!

Today I had a commercial callback for Sabyn Mayfield Casting.  The callback was at 2701 Oceanpark Casting Facility,  a different location than the original audition.

When I arrived, the casting associate from the other day, Ian, walked out of the audition room.  I smiled at him as I waited my turn to audition.  We were told that the audition would be the same as the other day and I was paired with another actor.

I greeted the clients and the director as I walked in. They were really friendly. Often the clients do not talk to the actors during the audition. Ian checked us in and called action.  And it a blink of an eye, the callback was over.  There was a real ease to the it, and so I left happy.

Thanks to my agents at Commercials Unlimited for submitting me and to everyone at Sabyn Mayfield Casting for the callback!

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Jennifer in a National Commercial

Its wild to think this year has flown by so quickly!  This time last year I was very pregnant and featured in this Barnes and Noble NOOKcolor  “Love of Reading”  National Commercial:

Happy Holidays!

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Filming!

On December 5th and 6th I worked on a “hush, hush” Independent Film.   It was great to work on such a professional project.  My scenes were rich with possibilities and gave me a lot to play with.  I worked with a wonderful director and my fellow cast members were top-notch actors. And I had my own star-wagon trailer, how can you go wrong with that?

It is a lucky day when I have the opportunity to act on-screen.  All the auditions, the driving all over LA, the ups and downs of the Industry are worth it when I’m actually on set….doing the work….doing what I love.

More information coming soon. Keep checking back.

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Commercial CALLBACK!

Friday I had a commercial callback for Joe Blake Casting.  The callback was in Santa Monica, but at a different location than the original audition.

It was a misty and cool day in Los Angeles, but lucky for me, traffic on the 405 was moving!  I arrived in record time, and with 15 minutes to spare.  There wasn’t any parking near the audition location. But luckily I found a spot a block away.

When I arrived, the casting associate from the other day, Nicholas, was there.  I greeted him as I signed in.  Two other women were there when I arrived, and soon after 3 more showed up.  I was the only blonde in that group.

We were told that the audition would be the same as the other day.  I was the second person to audition.

I greeted the clients and the director as I walked in. Nicholas called action and gave my audition.  And I felt really good about it.

The funny thing about auditions, you can give the best audition of your life and if you don’t have the right look the client wants, then you won’t be cast.  Similarly, you can have a so/so audition, but if you have the look, you’ll get the part.  For that reason, I tried to let auditions “run off my back like water”. I can’t dwell on them, I can’t think about what I could or couldn’t have done in the room.  I just have to trust that I did my job, and I did it well.

Special thanks to my wonderful agents at Commercials Unlimited for submitting me and to Joe Blake for the callback!

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Commercial Callback tomorrow!

Good News!  I have a commercial callback tomorrow for Joe Blake Casting.  Check back on Friday for details or find me on facebook: http://tinyurl.com/JenniferKellerFanPage and twitter: http://twitter.com/JenniferKeller1 for more info.

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Commercial Audition at Joe Blake Casting

Today my commercial agent, Richie, notified me of a same day commercial audition.  I was thrilled to received the call. It has been a quiet couple of months for me.

The audition was for Joe Blake Casting at Ocean Park Studios in Santa Monica. The product, Jimmy Dean.

It is a rare day when the 405 is clear, and today was that day.  I zipped down to Santa Monica in record time.  I arrived 20 minutes early and looked over the story boards and sides.  There were several women ahead of me, so I just signed in and waited for my chance.  Before I knew it, the casting associate, Nicholas, asked us into the audition room to explain the set up for the audition. Nicholas was very friendly and brought a great ease to the room.

I have to say, this is a cute spot.  I am so happy to have had the chance for this audition.  And I left the audition feeling confident.

Special thanks to Joe Blake for the audition!

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New Headshots for Jennifer

Last week I shot new photos with David Muller and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  With David’s eye for photography and amazing lighting combined with the awesome work of the make up artist, Kate Hollinshead,  I was able to achieve a variety of looks.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots. To view more of my new headshots, click on the “Headshots” Link at the top of the page.

Thanks!

Jennifer

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Headshot Session with David Muller

A sneak peak of Jennifer Keller's headshot session

 

On Monday I had new headshots taken by photographer, David Muller.   In 2009, I shot with David and was really happy with my photos, so I scheduled with him again this time around.  I was specifically targeting several looks with this shoot: “Young Commercial Mom”, “Quirky Commercial Mom”, “Jeep Mom” (notice a theme?), a good dramatic look, a “Senator’s Wife” and a character from “MadMen”.  It’s amazing how you can change a look by adding glasses, jewelry and a change of background. I was able to achieve all these looks that way.

The shoot went really well. David is a gifted photographer.  I also scheduled with make-up artist, Kate, who not only did my make up in 2009, but also for the Tidy Cat Commercial I worked on in 2008.  She is one of the best around and I was thrilled with her work.

I will post photos online as soon as possible.

 

Jennifer Keller at the whole team: Photographer, David, Make-up Artist, Kate, and her sweet little one

 

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Jennifer on the Red Carpet

On Thursday night I attended “Noche Flamenca” a Red Carpet and Cocktail Event.  My friend, Sandra Payne, wrote a film called “Solo Duet” which is a part of ” Girls Girls Girls”, a Film feature project that has all women directors, writers, producers, DPs and more.  The trailer for “Solo Duet” was also shown. The event took place at D’Cache Restaurant in Toluca Lake, CA and included a flamenco performance by Timo Nunez, star of “Solo Duet”.

Last year Sandra gathered 5 of her Industry friends, including myself, and started a Networking Group.  These amazing  ladies and I are now friends and we meet up every other month or so.  Here is a photo of 4 of us with Sandra at the Premiere.

 

Jennifer on the Red Carpet with Emily Churchill, Heather Horton, Sandra Payne and Tiffany Price

 

Want to know more about these awesome ladies? Find them on my Twitter Page and follow them: http://twitter.com/JenniferKeller1

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Jennifer in a Tidy Cat Litter Commercial

If you haven’t spotted the Tidy Cat litter Commercial that I am blessed enough to be a part of, check it out now:

 

 

 

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Two Commercial Auditions on Thursday

Oh what a day!  I had two commercial auditions today.  The life of an actress at it’s best!

First stop was Broad-Cast at 9 AM. Getting out of the house in the morning is so tough now that I’m a mom.  I’m sure that once I am no longer nursing, it will be a lot easier.  Right now, baby girl calls the shots.  But thanks to my helpful hubby, I was able to hand her off to him and get ready for the audition.  Traffic was heavy on the 101, but I made it in the nick of time.

The audition was for Target.  It was a short, non dialogue spot.  I greeted casting associate, Hunter, who I often see at Broad-Cast and was in and out of the audition room.

Second stop was Julia Kim Casting at 4 PM.  This was my first time auditioning for Julia Kim, and I love auditioning for new casting directors. This audition was for Aquafresh Toothpaste.   There was a bit of a wait when I arrived.  I read over the audition info and signed in.  I noticed that waiting room was filled with actresses in the late 20’s – early 30’s range, as well as actresses in the 14 -16 year old range.  And between you and me, any passing thought that I might have had that I could play a high school student (Hello “Glee”) has officially been put to rest.   I am just too tall to start with, and standing next to one of those teens in the restroom, I really did look like a woman in my late 20’s – early 30’s. Though how old am I?  I will never tell.  I joke that I am 25 as long as I’m an actress.  Or at the least an age range, 25-30.

I was at the audition for almost an hour, and then if was my turn.  This spot was also non-dialogue and the audition was a quick one.

Overall I was very happy with both auditions.  Special thanks to Casting Directors Dan Cowan and Julia Kim for the opportunity to audition!

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Commercial Audition at Davis Baddeley Casting

Today I had a commercial audition at Davis Baddeley Casting.  This is my second audition since returning from Maternity Leave and my first time auditioning for this office.

Today’s spot was for Procter and Gamble.   I arrived 10 minutes early for my morning audition at The Casting Underground in Hollywood.   As I waited, an actress I worked with on “The Cavemen Crib Party” webisode arrived to audition as well.  I was glad to see her.  She and I were pregnant at the same time, so we would bump into each other at maternity auditions last year.  Now we are both new moms, so it was great to talk about our experiences

Before I knew it, I was up.  Everyone was so nice in the room and this is a great commercial spot, so I’m grateful to Davis Baddeley Casting for calling me in to audition for the first time

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Commercial Audition at Broadcast

Today I had a commercial audition at Broadcast.  This was my first commercial audition since returning from Maternity Leave and I have to admit, I was a little stressed.

First of all, I have to say I LOVE auditioning at Broadcast.  Everyone is so nice and they have been so sweet to me.  I booked Tidy Cat and American Express Commercials through Broadcast.  But I was stressing because getting out of the ouse on time with a newborn is tough.  I’ve quickly learned that the baby calls the shots!  And there are so many questions. Should I find a sitter for the baby?  Do I take her with me to the audition?  The good news, I already had plans with a girlfriend of mine, so I immediately called her, and she agreed to meet me at Broadcast and watch the baby while I auditioned.  I’m a lucky gal to have such a good friend

Today’s spot was for Natural Choice. This was a fun, non-dialogue spot

Special Thanks to Dan Cowan at Broadcast for the audition

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Photos from the Barnes and Noble Commercial Shoot

On October 21, 2010 I filmed a Barnes and Noble National Commercial.  The product: the new Nookcolor E-reader. Since the commercial is now airing nationally, I wanted to post a couple of photos from set:

The "Waiting Room" actors

 

The commercial shot at an abandoned hospital in North Hollywood.  Apparently the hit TV show, Scrubs, once shot at this same location.

And here is a photo of me looking very much like a “Waiting Room Pregnant Lady”:

No, that is not a fake bump! Jennifer Keller is 7 1/2 months pregnant in this commercial

 

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Commercial Audition at Skirts Casting

Today I had a commercial audition at Skirts Casting.  This is my first time auditioning for this office.

Today’s spot was for Hyndai.   I arrived at The Casting Lounge on South LaBrea for my morning audition. There is only street parking at The Casting Lounge and I had to park all the way at the end of the street!  Usually this isn’t a big deal, but when you’re 9 months pregnant it takes double the time to walk to the casting office, lol.

There was a bit of a wait and I noticed that I was the only pregnant girl in the waiting room.  So, this was not a commercial looking for pregnant actresses.  But no worries, I was thrilled to be called in and I gave it my best.

Thanks to Skirts Casting for calling me in to audition for the first time

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Commercial Callback at Shane Casting

Today I had a commercial callback a Hallmark Commercial at Shane Casting.  What a treat.  This is my first time auditioning for this office and I was called back as well.

The callback was running behind schedule, but I was happy to be there.  I chatted with the other actors in the room.  I noticed there were not a lot of blondes in the room.  I’m guessing they are looking for brunettes, but I was lucky to get the callback as well.

Finally, it was my turn to audition.  I greeted director and the client. The callback was quick.  I hope I’m what they are looking for.

When I was leaving I looked at the time and realized that I had been in the casting office for an hour.  And I had only put in enough coins in the meter for 35 minutes.  It hadn’t even crossed my mind that until that minute.  I walked out of the casting office and spotted my car across the street.  Sure enough, I saw the ticket on my windshield.  When I got to my car I saw it had been issued about 1 minute after my meter was due to expire.  Looks like they were waiting for it.  And the ticket is for $55…ouch.

Ah, the life of an actress….

But what’s important is that I got the callback. Thanks to Shane Casting for both the audition and callback!

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Jennifer in a New National Commercial

Check out the new “Love of Reading” Commercial for Nookcolor by Barnes and Noble:

 

A certain blonde in a pink shirt should look very familiar ;  )

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Commercial Audition at Shane Casting

Today I had a commercial audition for Shane Casting.  This is my first time auditioning for this office.  I am always excited to audition for a new casting director!

Today’s spot was for Hallmark.   I arrived at the casting facility at 660 Santa Monica for my 1 1:00 AM audition 10 minutes early.  I signed in and didn’t have to wait long for my turn to audition.

I met the Casting Associate, Ian, who gave the instructions for the audition. I remembered him from an audition had earlier this year.  He is very nice.

Thanks to Shane Casting for calling me in to audition for the first time!

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National Commercial Shoot

Today I shot a National Commercial.  What a neat experience!  It was a cold and rainy in Los Angeles, CA and lucky for me the shoot was in the Valley and I didn’t have a long drive.

I arrived early to fill out my paperwork, and had a little downtime before hair and make up.  So I was able to chat it up with the other 2 actors who had been cast in the commercial.

Then off to hair and make up.  I was given a really natural look with light make up.

Once on set, the fun began.

The commercial is due to air sometime in the next few weeks.  Once it does, I will post photos from the shoot.

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National Commercial Booking for Jennifer!

Super exciting news!   I BOOKED A NATIONAL COMMERCIAL!   This commercial is for a new product, so I signed a confidentiality agreement saying I cannot talk about the product or parent company until the commercial begins to air. It shoots later this week.

This is my fourth commercial booking and third national commercial.  I feel very blessed.  Special thanks my agent Randi at CU for submitting me!

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Commercial CALLBACK at Broadcast

Today I had a commercial callback for Dan Cowan at Broad Cast.   The callback was for GMC.

My callback was originally schedule for 4 PM.  I had a busy day at work today and just happened to check my personal messages around 2:40 PM and found out my callback had been moved to 3:15 PM!   Luckily I had finished my appointments for the day and was able to leave work right away.  Ah, the life of an actress.

Traffic was light and I made it to the casting office on Beverly just in time!  What a relief.  There were a couple of ladies in the waiting room when I arrived, but I was the only pregnant woman in that time slot.

The callback was slightly different from the original audition.  I’ve got to say, I still love this commercial spot, so clever.  And I got a laugh from the client at the end, which is always nice.

Special thanks to Dan Cowan for the callback today!

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Commercial CALLBACK at Cathi Carlton Casting

Today I had commercial callback at Cathi Carlton Casting  for a Chevrolet commercial!  I was so excited to get the call from my agent Richie.  I just felt “so/so” after my audition and this is a great commercial spot.  I felt much better about my performance in the callback than the original audition.  So now I’ll just keep my fingers crossed : )

Special Thanks to Cathi Carlton for the callback!

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