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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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
On Monday I had a Commercial Print Audition with Currently Casting Inc. This was the first time I’ve auditioned for this casting office.
The audition was held at On Your Mark Casting Studios in Sherman Oaks. Lucky for me, this office is just a hop, skip and a jump from my apartment. I left the munchkin with my awesome hubby and made it to the Studio in record time.
Once I arrived, I signed in and looked up my bar code. For those of you who are not familiar with “the bar code”, let me fill you in. Maybe 4 years ago a new, Industry recognized casting site called “Casting Frontier” popped up. This site assigns each actor with a bar code that links to their online actor’s profile. The casting offices that use Casting Frontier scan each actor’s bar code right before the audition to link that profile to the actor in the room.
I was paired with another actor for the audition and I felt like we had a great rapport, which is always a good thing for auditions. When it was our turn, we were introduced to the casting director, Michelle Metzner. What a sweet woman! Michelle was so likable and friendly in the room. It was so nice to meet her.
Our bar codes were taken and we were photographed for the print casting call
Special thanks to Michelle Metzner for the audition and to KSR Models for submitting me.
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!
Oh, what a week! Yesterday I had a commercial audition and today I had a print casting. And its only Wednesday. If only every week was like this one!
Yesterday my agent, Richie at CU, called to say that I had an audition at Ross Lacy Casting. I am grateful for every opportunity to audition for this busy office.
I arrived early at 200 S. La Brea for the audition. There were a number of people in the waiting room, which meant I would be there a while. No worries though, just part of the job.
I had the munchkin with me, unfortunately. Generally I am able to find a babysitter for same day auditions, but occasionally I can not. That’s part of the challenge of balancing my career and my personal life. So we walked the waiting room and made new friends. My munchkin is a really sweet girl. She has to “talk” to everyone. She has 14 words in her vocabulary (which is pretty good for a 13 month old), but she “babbles” complete conversations with everyone she meets. I just have to laugh.
Soon it was my turn to audition. The commercial spot was great. This was for a “non-mom” spot, casual dress. I met a new casting associate, Michael, who was really cool.
All I can do is keep my fingers crossed for a callback.
Today KSR Models sent me to Armstrong Casting for a commercial print casting call. I haven’t auditioned at this office since I was pregnant, so it was good to be back. I’ve always enjoyed auditioning at Armstrong Casting. First the photographer takes the photos, then flips on a video camera and asks a couple of questions so they can get a better sense of who you are.
There were a number of moms in the waiting room with babies. It was good to see that I’m not the only one trying to make it work. And to those moms, I tip my figurative hat. It’s not easy. But if you have a dream, you go for it.
Special thanks to Casting Directors Ross Lacy and Yvonne Armstrong for the auditions.
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!
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!
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!
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!
KSR Models sent me to a Print Campaign Casting at Ava Shevitt Casting in Santa Monica. I just booked back in with KSR last week and was thrilled to be sent on an audition already. The Casting was for Sprint.
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
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
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
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!
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!
Today my commercial agent, Richie, notified me of a same day commercial audition for Cathi Carlton Casting. The audition was held at 2701 Ocean Park Casting Facility in Santa Monica. Not only was it a same day audition, I needed to be in Santa Monica in an hour and a half and I was in Woodland Hills. Luckily I had my hair and make up done from an audition earlier, but I didn’t have time to choose my wardrobe, I had to go with what I was wearing, which was jeans and a blue tank. I was near a Kohls so I made a quick run to the store and picked up a dark gray cardigan for a more “mom” look.
The audition was for a young mom for a Chevrolet commercial. There was a long wait in the casting office. I looked around the room and saw that I was the only pregnant actress auditioning. That could be a good thing or a bad thing.
I auditioned with a shy 5-year-old for this commercial. I had to crouch down to her level, which was tough with my big 7 1/2 month pregnant belly. So I felt a little off on my lines. But I’m still grateful for the opportunity.
Special Thanks to Cathi Carlton for the audition!
Today I had a commercial audition for Lisa Pantone at The Casting Lounge on South LaBrea. The audition was for a pregnant woman in a commercial spot.
There are just so many cute pregnant actresses in LA right now. I gabbed with two other girls about our pregnancies while we were waiting for our turn to audition.
I am always happy to audition for Lisa Pantone. She is a lot of fun. Lisa is right there in the room for the audition and gives direction on what the client is looking for.
Special thanks to Lisa Pantone for the audition!
Today I had a commercial audition for Dan Cowan at Broad Cast. Dan is a great commercial casting director and I am happy to get a call from his office any time. The audition was for GMC and the attire was upscale casual.
I walked into the casting office and was greeted by Hunter, a casting associate that I have seen many times before at Broadcast. Now I haven’t seen Hunter since I started showing, and when I walked in he exclaimed “What happened to you?” Pretty funny actually.
The audition was a non-dialogue spot and I auditioned with a guy who played my spouse. I’ve got to say, I love this spot. Very clever.
Special thanks to Dan Cowan for the audition today!
Today I had a commercial audition for Loree Booth 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 a Lenscrafters. I arrived at the casting facility at 6521 Homewood Ave for my 1:20 PM audition about 10 minutes early. I signed in and waited for my turn to audition.
The spot was calling for a blonde woman in nice attire, but not neccesarily a pregnant woman. I met the casting director and the first thing he said was “wow, you are with child”. Hopefully I will still be in the running for this spot.
The audition was quick. A non dialogue spot. But I felt good about it.
Special thanks to Loree Booth for calling me in to audition for the first time!
Today I had a Print Audition at Armstrong Casting in Hollywood. The product was Microsoft and the call was for pregnant women dressed in green. I looked through my closet and I did not have anything green to wear for the audition. But I do have a greenish, teal dress so I decided to wear that to the audition.
There were so many cute pregnant girls in the waiting room. What a tough decision for casting!
I have been invited to audition for several print castings at Armstrong Casting in the last year and I’ve always enjoy the experience. First the photographer takes a couple photos, then they flip on a video camera and ask a couple questions so they can get a better sense of who you are.
Special thanks to Casting Director Yvonne Armstrong for the audition.
Today my commercial agent, Richie, notified me of a same day commercial audition for Kay Jewelers. Not only was it a same day audition, I needed to be in Hollywood in 45 minutes! I was at work at AIA Studios and I didn’t have time to change or style my hair, so I just jumped in my car. I was wearing jeans and a gray cardigan.
The audition was for Michael Sanford Casting. I first met Michael about almost 3 years ago at a workshop and this is the second time he has invited me to audition! Very cool. The audition was held at The Casting Underground in Hollywood.
I’ve always wanted to audition for Kay Jewelers. I was paired with a guy who played my husband and I thought we had great chemistry together.
The only problem, the callback is on the 17th and I have 7am flight booked to Cleveland to visit family. If they call me for a callback, I’ll have to try to change my flight. I will be back in LA for the shoot.
Wow! What a day. Today I had three auditions. Lucky me!
First I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting. Today’s product was Olive Garden. The attire: casual with a white button down shirt. I arrived at 200 S. La Brea and signed in for my audition. I read the sides and really liked the character. Good audition!
Next I drove over to CAZT to audition for a webisode called “Insatiable”, which was described as “Twilight meets Twin Peaks”. I auditioned for the role of Abby, a superficial, small town real estate agent with an agenda.
Lastly I had an audition at Big House Casting in Studio City for an indie film. I auditioned for the role of Carol, a sweet, pregnant wife. The only lovable character in a dysfunctional family.
Thanks to each Casting Director for the audition.
Today I had an audition for a short film called “Anything Can Happen”. I auditioned for the role of Nicole who is described as “a woman who is a fairly successful B list actress but is trying to transition into bigger projects/roles. Pretty, pretentious and snappy but also has a sweet, insecure side.”
I arrived for auditions at CAZT for my 11AM time slot. I received the sides prior to the audition, had made my character choices, and was ready for the audition. When it was my turn to audition I met with the Casting Director, Jessica Sherman, who gave me a warm welcome. I was given a couple of notes before I started the scene and then we started. The audition was just one take, but I felt good about my choices.
Today I had a commercial print audition for Tori Silvera Bush at Bad Girls Casting (great name, right?). Today’s spot was for Lynnina Swim Wear.
I have to tell you, I was nervous about this one. Yes, I used to compete in pageants, but that was a couple years ago. I actually ran out and bought a new swimsuit for the audition, a black two piece suit with boy shorts.
The audition was at 6660 Santa Monica Blvd, a casting facility where I have auditioned before. I signed in and recognized the Casting Associate, Ian, right away. He took me into the audition room where I met the casting director and the client. Once in the room, the audition was on camera. They asked me to try on a swimsuit with a tankini top and shorts for bottoms. I left the room to put on the new swimsuit, then returned for a new shot on camera.
Thanks to KSR Models for sending me out and to Casting Director Tori Silvera Bush for calling me in!
Today I had an audition for an indie feature film called “Dick Little”. I auditioned for the role of Amy.
I arrived for auditions at CAZT for my afternoon audition and picked up the sides, which were not available prior. I read over the material and it was so sweet. A fun little romantic comedy. When it was my turn, I received a very warm welcome from the Director. I read through the scene with the reader and I felt really good about it!
Today my commercial agent, Randi, called me to say that casting had requested me for a Sears Commercial in one hour. She asked if I could make it. I was thrilled! Of course I can make it. I knew it would be tight, but I jumped in the shower right away. I got ready really quick, and did most of my make up in the car at red lights, but I made it in time!
Today’s audition was for Dan Cowan at Broad Cast. Dan is a great casting director who calls me in often and has even booked me. I am happy to get a call from his office any time. The attire was casual young mom so I wore jeans and a Tiffany blue cardigan.
The audition was a non-dialogue spot. It was quick but fun.
Special thanks to Dan Cowan for the audition today!
I am very excited! Today I had an audition for Michael Sanford Casting. I first met Michael about almost 2 years ago at a workshop and then saw him again last fall at AIA Studios. And today he invited me to audition for the first time!
Today’s audition was for an HBO promo for True Blood. The attire: Conservative Midwest Woman. They said they were not looking for “model types”, so I wore light make up and pulled my hair back. I also wore my glasses to the audition.
I arrived at the casting office a couple minutes early wearing a conservative cardigan and skirt with pearl earrings and flats. I read the character description and the information for the scene. When it was my turn, I was paired with a guy who was to play my husband. The Casting Associate walked us through what they were looking for. He told me to “lose the glasses”, which I did.
During the audition, Michael walked in the room, it was nice to be able to say hello.
It was so nice to audition at Sanford Casting. Special thanks to Michael Sanford for the opportunity!!
I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting today! Today’s product was a hair product called Schwarzkopf. The audition was calling for blondes, which is great for me. The attire: sexy city chic.
I arrived at 200 S. La Brea wearing a pencil skirt and a royal purple cardigan with a skinny belt around my waist. Since it was a hair product commercial, I wanted to make sure my hair looked great. I curled it up and it looked pretty. I was paired with another girl for the audition who was a different ethnicity. Michael, the casting associate, gave the instructions for the audition once we were in the room. I was assigned 2 lines, as was the other girl I auditioned with. There was also a lot of “business” at the beginning of the scene before we gave our lines.
I have to say, I felt really great about this audition. This was a great character for me and I really went for it. Now all I can do is let it go. You’ve got to let auditions “roll of your back like water” in this industry. It is my job to audition, and audition well and I felt I did that today. After that, it is up to what the client is looking for.
Special thanks to my awesome agents at CU for believing in me and for sending me out on great auditions and also thanks to Ross Lacy Casting for calling me in!!
Today I had a commercial audition for Laray Mayfield Casting. Today’s spot was for a big International Commercial Campaign for Dior. I auditioned for a similar spot last month, but this wasn’t a callback.
I recognized the Casting Associate, Ian, right away when I walked in the room. He gave the instructions for the audition. They were similar to the first audition, but more specific, which led me to believe that hadn’t found what they were looking for the first round.
Thanks to Laray Mayfield for the audition!
Yesterday KSR Models sent me to Beachwood Studios for a print casting. The Print Campaign was for Levi’s Jeans. I arrived at the studio wearing jeans and high heels, as asked for in the breakdown. I wore light make-up and my hair down, which looked great on this particular day.
I checked in with Rupert, who was very nice. There was not wait and I quickly met the photographer and assistant to took my measurements. The photographer instructed me to pose for the audition and after a couple quick shots, I was released.
Today I had a commercial audition for Gabrielle Schary 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 a Lash Appeal. I arrived at the casting facility at 2601 Ocean Park Blvd for my 5:50 PM audition 20 minutes early. You never know what traffic is going to look like on the 405 at rush hour, so I wanted to give myself plenty of time. Lucky for me, the roads were pretty clear. I’ll have to remember this day, clear roads on the 405 do not happen very often.
When I arrived at the casting facility there were a number of girls of all types and looks waiting in the lobby. I signed in and waited my turn to audition. The commercial was a non-dialogue spot and was a really cute.
Thanks Gabrielle Schary for calling me to audition for the first time! Hope to audition for you again.
Today I had at TV co-star audition! I was called in for the role of a victim in a new episode of “Criminal Minds”. Last fall I met Erica Silverman, the Casting Associate for “Criminal Minds” at April Webster Casting, at a workshop at AIA Studios. This is the second time she has called me in for an audition!
I prepared the sides and arrived at the casting office 15 minutes before my audition. There were a number of young women my age who were called in for the role. I walked by a couple of girls leaving as I walked onto the studio lot and a couple of girls arrived after me.
Erica walked into the waiting room to check off the next name on the list. She recognized me and even gave me a hug. I have to say Erica is such a sweet, bubbly person. She makes everyone feel at ease.
This audition was for producers, meaning in addition to the casting director being in the room, two producers for the show were also there for the audition, as well as the writer of the episode. Everyone was friendly when I walked in.
The audition was quick. One take and it was over. No notes or redirects. I thanked everyone for inviting me in and left the lot.
What a thrill. Thank you Erica Silverman so much for the opportunity to audition for you. It was such a treat!
I have been invited to audition for a TV co-star role on “Criminal Minds”! I met Erica Silverman, Casting Associate for April Webster Casting, at a workshop last year and she called me in for today. Keep me in your thoughts Wednesday afternoon and check back for a full report. Thank you Erica for the audition!
Today I auditioned for Robert Harling’s critically acclaimed play, “Steel Magnolias”. I read for the role of Shelby Eatenton Latcherie , and I felt great about my audition! It would be such a treat to be cast in “Steel Magnolias”. I just love this play and have auditioned for it a couple of times in the past. I am hoping maybe this is my year to play Shelby. I did, however, realize today at the audition that I have a conflict with the show run. I told the director that if she is interested in casting me as Shelby, I would work to change my schedule for the show. I just hope that this conflict does not lead to me not being cast in the show. I will have to cross that bridge when I come to it. As for now, I feel great about my audition.
Thanks to Director, Penny Moore, for the audition.
Today I had an audition for an indie feature film called “Skeletons in the Closet”. The film is projected to shoot in September. I auditioned for Alexandra who is described as “beautiful, slender and in shape, young mother of two children. She is a Psychic for the NYPD who helps on serial murder cases.”
I arrived for auditions at the Space Station Casting Studios in Hollywood for my 5PM time slot. I received the sides prior to the audition, had made my character choices, and was ready for the audition. When it was my turn to audition I met with the writer/director/producer Chloe Finch and producer Penny Mackie.
Overall the audition went well. Thanks to Chloe Finch for calling me in to audition
Today I had a commercial audition for Laray Mayfield 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 a big International Commercial Campaign for Dior. I arrived at the casting facility at 660 Santa Monica for my 1:15 PM audition 10 minutes early. I signed in and waited my turn to audition. There were so many tall, beautiful model types in the waiting room.
I met the Casting Associate, Ian, who was really friendly and gave the instructions for the audition. I also met Sabyn, who joked with me prior to the audition.
Thanks Laray Mayfield calling me to audition for the first time!
Today I had a commercial audition for Dan Cowan at Broad-Cast. I am always thrilled when I have an audition at Broad-Cast.
Today’s spot was for Walmart. The character: mom in a V-Neck Shirt. This was a non-dialogue spot and I auditioned with an adorable little girl.
Today I had an audition for a new web series called “Stoned High”. The Series is projected to film 10 Episodes of 10 minutes each for the web. I auditioned for Samantha Kennedy who is described as “fit body, mid 20’s, BLONDE, was Prom-Queen in 2002”.
I arrived for auditions at the Taft Building in Hollywood. I was glad to have an early audition time, because there was a ton of people there and the casting session prior to the web series was running over. I was given just a 1/2 sheet of paper with a couple lines. I made my choices and waited my turn. When it was my turn to audition, it was on camera.
Overall I felt good about my character choices and hope to receive a callback.
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Today I had a commercial audition for Casting Director, Dan Cowan, at Broad-Cast. Two audition at Broad-Cast in 1 week! I’m a lucky girl.
Today’s audition was for Hershey’s and it was a non-dialogue spot. And wow, was this a super fun spot! I auditioned with another guy and we had a lot of fun in the audition room!I am really crossing my fingers for this one. This commercial would be super fun and super cute.
Thanks again Dan for the audition!
Today I had a commercial audition for Casting Director, Dan Cowan, at Broad-Cast. I am always glad to be called in for an audition for Dan Cowan. The commercial was for KFC. The type: mom.
I ran into a slow down on La Brea on the way to the audition. I don’t know if it was a stalled vehicle, accident, or what but I was stressed out! After putting down the street, I cut down a side street and was able to get to the audition site just minutes before the audition. Not good. .
I walked in to the casting office, signed in right on the dot, and looked over the storyboards as I caught my breath. The door to the audition room opened right away and they were ready for me.
This was a non-dialogue spot and afterwards I walked out and just felt okay about my performance. Those few minutes before you go into the room are important. I like to give myself enough time to look over the material and make my choices. I’ll just have do better next time. I’ am lucky that Dan Cowan calls me in to audition for him often and he knows my work.
Thank you Dan!
Wow! What an exciting day!
Today I had my first TV co-star audition! I was called in by Kendra Castleberry at Donna Rosenstein Casting for a role in “Castle”. Great show! I met Kendra at a 3 workshop at AIA Studios last fall. I am so excited about today’s audition!
Wondering what a c0-star role is? A co-star is a supporting character in one episode of a TV Show. A co-star can be one line, one scene with a series regular, or even a couple scenes with one or two lines in each. Every show is different.
Back to the audition. I prepared the sides and arrived at the casting office 10 minutes before my audition. There were a number of blonde girls my age who were called in for the role. I walked by a couple leaving as I walked into the building and I rode the elevator up with another girl, who was very nice. There wasn’t a bathroom nearby and she lent me her compact mirror for a last-minute touch up.
Kendra walked out of the audition room to check off the next name on the list. I greeted her with a “good morning” and she said hello back as she asked the next girl to join her in the audition room. Before I knew it, it was my turn. I walked in and greeting Angela Scalleta, the casting associate, who was behind the camera. I have also taken a workshop with Angela at AIA. The audition was quick. Kendra directed me in another take and I left feeling like I had given her what she has asked for.
What a thrill. Thank you Kendra Castleberry so much for the opportunity to audition for you. It was such a treat!
I also had a Print Audition today. Aurora at KSR Models sent me to Comcast audition. They are looking for a model from the back of the head. I arrived at the studio and the photographer took a couple quick pictures.
What a great day!
I have been invited to audition for my first TV co-star role! I am beyond excited! Thank you Kendra Castleberry
Today I had a commercial audition at Lisa Field Casting. The audition was held at The Casting Cafe in West Hollywood. Today’s audition was for Old Navy. I’ve wanted to audition for an Old Navy Commercial for years!
This commercial is a non-dialog spot and I auditioned with 2 other girls. We walked into the audition room and met Benjamin, the casting associate, who explained what the client is looking for. I can’t say much about the content of the commercial, but I can say that I dusted off a gown to wear, which as a former pageant gal, was such a treat.
The commercial is casting before the holidays, but shoots in January. I just really like this commercial and am really hoping to be called back for this one. Oh, it would be a fun shoot!!
Oh what a day! I had both a callback and a print casting. Oh, the life of an actress at it’s best!
Richie at CU called this morning to say that I had been called back for the CBS Promo! How exciting! Though, then I realized that I had a print casting at nearly the same time. I called and e-mailed Aurora at KSR Models to see if I could go to the print casting early, and she said that I could go anytime between 1:30 PM and 5 PM. What a relief.
I arrived at 200 S. La Brea for the call back at Ross Lacy Casting. I primped in the bathroom for a couple minutes and then signed in. I was paired with 3 different people for the audition and was in the last group for this promo.
Afterwards I jumped in the car and headed to Armstrong Casting today for a print casting. The Print Campaign was for US Cellular. The attire: young, hip mom.
I’ve been invited to print castings at Armstrong Casting a couple times this year and I always enjoy the experience. First the photographer takes a couple photos, then they flip on a video camera and ask a couple questions so they can get a better sense of who you are.
Special thanks to Casting Directors Ross Lacy and Yvonne Armstrong for the auditions.
I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting today! What a treat. It was for a CBS Promo.
I arrived super early and was greeted by the Casting Associate, Spencer. He called out “Jennifer” as I walked up to sign in. I answered “yes”, and he said that he was calling a different Jennifer. I joked with him that “he was really good” if he recognized me from my headshot.
In this particular comedic spot, I had to lightly “smack” another person. I really don’t like to do this kind of thing, but we rehearsed the spot a couple times before the audition was taped. Spencer told me that they were casting people who were not afraid to hit or be hit. So, I did my best (though I know I was still quite light in my smack).
This is the 3rd time I have been called in to audition for Ross Lacy Casting. I’m so glad they recently discovered me . Thank you Ross Lacy for calling me in!!
Today I had a commercial audition at Ross Lacy Casting! Today’s audition was for a hair product in Europe called Schwarzkopf. The audition was for blondes and red heads only, which is great for me.
Since it was a hair product commercial, I wanted to make sure my hair looked great. I curled it up and it looked pretty. This was a non-dialog spot and I felt like I gave a very natural audition.
Today I was called back to Broad-Cast for Expedia. I felt great about my audition! There was a variety of ages and types at the callback. Afterwards Dan Cowan asked if I could stick around and read for a different Expedia Commercial with kids.
Thanks again to Dan Cowan for calling me in!
Lucky me, I had 2 auditions today.
First audition was a commercial audition. Dan Cowan at Broadcast called me in to audition for “Expedia”. This is a great spot and I felt really good about my audition, so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for this one.
Next I was off to Bass Casting in West Hollywood to audition for a short film. The best thing is that I met Lauren Bass at a casting workshop a couple months ago and she called me in for this audition. I’m not sure if this is the best role for me, but I did my best at the audition and I hope that Lauren will call me in again.
Overall, today was a great day. I love having one audition in a day, let alone two! That’s the life of a working actress!
Aurora at KSR Models sent me to Katie Taylor Casting for a print casting. The Print Campaign is for National Rent-A-Car. The audition was held at 201 Ocean Park Casting Studio.
This is my first time auditioning for Katie Taylor, so I was thrilled to receive the call. The audition was the same day as my last day of filming for “A Simple Conversation”, but Aurora gave me a range time and asked me if I could make it before 6PM. Luckily I was able to work it out. I finished my last shots for “A Simple Conversation” and rushed over to Santa Monica for the casting.
The Casting notice said not black and white, so I arrived wearing a cute red shirt with polk-a-dot sleeves. There were a number of girls of different ages and with different looks. When it was my turn, I met the photographer and posed for a couple of photos. Lets hope they are looking for a blonde!
I had a commercial callback for Truegreen! The callback was at a new casting facility, 2601 Ocean Park Blvd in Santa Monica. There was a huge accident on the 405 and the highway was backed up all the way to the 101 entrance onto the 405, so it took me an hour and 40 minutes to drive to Santa Monica. Not only that, I had a dreadful day that I cannot even being to blog about. I finally arrived in Santa Monica and quickly found a parking spot. I often audition at 2701 Ocean Park, and I was on “autopilot” and automatically went to that studio. Luckily 2601 was right next door, so it didn’t take long for me to walk to the correct studio.
When I arrived there were a couple girls in front of me so I had a few minutes to calm down. I took a few deep breaths and reminded myself how blessed I was to be there. I started to think about the spot and how exciting it is to get a callback. When it was my turn to go in the room, I was ready!
The spot for Truegreen is really fun. Again, I had one line of dialogue and gave several different interpretations. I left feeling pretty darn good.
Thanks again to Ross Lacy Casting for the opportunity!
Today I had a callback for “A Simple Conversation”, a short film produced at The American Film Institute (AFI).
I was called back for Kitty, a wife and mother who learns her husband has an awful secret. Today I read with two different actors who were called in for the role of my husband. Both actors were really great and gave 2 very different performances. It was nice to be able to play off of each actor’s unique performance.
Again, the director, Jon, gave us all sorts of different ideas to play with as we ran through the scene. What a fun audition (even though the material is heavy) I left the callback feeling really happy with my performance.
Today I had a commercial audition for Ross Lacy 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 Truegreen. I arrived at the casting facility at 200 South LaBrea for my 2 PM audition in good time. I signed in and waited my turn to audition. I was given one line and asked to say it a couple different ways. I used the process that Megan Foley spoke about in her workshop 2 weeks ago. I left feeling good about my audition.
Thanks to Ross Lacy for calling me to audition for the first time!
Today I had a commercial audition for Dan Cowan at Broad-Cast. I am always glad to be called in for an audition for Dan Cowan.
Today’s spot was for Monster.com. The attire: casual. I arrived early so I could audition before I had to work at AIA Studios. Everything was running on schedule and I was in and out.
Today I had an audition for “A Simple Conversation”, a short film produced at The American Film Institute (AFI). I was called in for a lead role, Kitty, a wife and mother who learns her husband has a terrible secret.
The director, Jon, and the producer, Kristina, were both so sweet. Jon was a very hands on director and we kept playing with different interpretations of the script. He would say, “let’s just play with this…”, which was great. It gave me a chance to try all sort of different tactics to get what I wanted in the scene. I walked out of the audition feeling really happy with my performance. What a good experience!
I am still pinching myself!
I took a Casting Director workshop with Fern Champion last month and she returned to the studio to teach again. When I saw her, she asked me for a headshot for consideration for the film she is casting. Fern is an incredible Casting Director! She has cast huge films such as “Eraser” and “The Mask”. Actress Cameron Diaz had her big break in “The Mask”, so it was an honor to meet Fern and even have consider me for a role.
And lucky for me, the next day I was invited to audition for a supporting lead role in a film that Fern is casting called “Sex Tax: Based on a True Story″. The role I auditioned for was journalist, Nicki Daniels, a young reporter who is the first to jump on the Cottontail Ranch and quickly moves from the local station to reporting for the National News.
I received the sides the night before and had a 11:30 am audition. There were 8 pages of sides and the script was also available, which I read, of course. At the audition, Fern Champion was in the room, as well as the Director, John Borges. The audition was also on tape. There was another friendly face in the room, a AIA member was working as the reader that day.
Overall, I felt really great about my audition! I really did. I was a little nervous at first, but I felt like I hit the highs and the lows in the different scenes. No matter what happens, I felt great about my audition!
I am so thankful to have had this experience! Special Thanks to Fern Champion for the opportunity to audition for her!!!