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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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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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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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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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Tidy Cat Litter Commercial

Exciting news!  My Tidy Cat Litter Commercial has been renewed for another 13 weeks!  Look for me sitting on a big yellow chair with two cats.

And keep your eyes peeled for my Tidy Cat Litter Print Ad in this month’s People Magazine!

 

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Sleep Lab

Tuesday I filmed “Sleep Lab”, a new pilot presentation.  A pilot presentation is a proposed TV show that will be optioned to Networks upon completion.  The pilot presentation gives a general idea of the look and feel of the proposed show.

“Sleep Lab” centers around the doctors, employees and patients at a California Sleep Clinic.  I play Kim, a “goodie two shoes” who is an excellent sales person and always gets the full amount due from the insurance company.  The location: a property in Llano, CA, which is almost 2 hours outside of Los Angeles.  The scene: the three insurance collectors are collecting the premiums due from the insurance companies.

Here I am on set:

Jennifer Keller and the other Insurance Collectors in a new Pilot Presenation "Sleep Lab"

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Table Read for “Sleep Lab”

I have been cast in a pilot presentation called “Sleep Lab” and today we had a table read with the other characters.  A Pilot Presentation is a Pilot that has not been picked up by a network yet, but rather is being shot to package and sell to the network as a complete package.  I play Kim, an Insurance Collector at the Sleep Lab who is very good at her job.  The Table Read was a lot of fun.  I am looking forward to filming next week!

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Co-Star Audition for Jennifer

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!

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Exciting Audition News!

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!

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Jennifer is Looking For A Theatrical Agent!

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I am looking for an SAG Franchised Agent for TV/Motion Picture/Soaps and am open to recommendations!!

I work hard at my craft, as you can see by checking out my site.  I am taking Improv and On-Camera classes and auditioning regularly.

If you or someone you know is looking for new SAG talent, please leave me a comment!

Thanks!

Jennifer Keller

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On set with Entertainment Tonight

Today my friend Jamie invited me to the Entertainment Tonight set.  I have visited her at work before, but this is the first time I was allowed to check out the stage.  Visions of being an ET correspondent dance through my head.

Here are a few pics:

Jennifer at ET 2

 

Jennifer at ET 1

 

Jennifer at ET 3

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Today Marks the One Year Anniversary of My Website!

Wow! I can’t believe I have had my Actor’s website/blog up for an entire year now. 161 posts.  15,000 hits. I am amazed at how much content is in there.  When I started this site, I was just looking for a new way to be proactive as an actress.  But now this website has turned into a wonderful creative outlet.  I really enjoy writing about my journey as an actress.  I hope you have enjoyed reading it.

Here’s to another wonderful year of  “blogging”! 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Keller

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The ANITA RENFROE Presentation Live Taping

On Friday night I went to a live taping of The ANITA RENFROE pilot at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.  Anita Renfroe has a musical comedy show and has been touring across the country.  My mom is a fan and introduced me to Anita’s show,  “Purse-onality” which has a funny take on the highs and lows of being a woman, as well as everything mom!

The pilot was based on her comedy show “Total Momsense” .  Along with Anita, the pilot starred Ryan Stiles (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Dixie Carter (“Designing Women”).  The show is being billed as “a new family sitcom centered around the thought that family comes first, by any means necessary”.  Ryan plays a pastor taking over his father’s perish and Anita plays his wife.  With a nosy mother-in-law (Dixie Carter) and 3 kids with big personalities, comedy ensues!

What a treat it was to watch seasoned actors at work.  I have always loved Dixie Carter, I used to watch re-runs of Designing Women over and over again, it was neat to watch her work live.   It was also fun to watch a 1/2 hour comedy unfold in front of me.  As an “up-and-coming actress”, I dream of the day when I can work on a TV set such as this one. I wish Anita and everyone in the cast the best of luck and I hope to see the show in the line up next fall!

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Interesting Article about Pilot Season

Economy pinches TV Pilots

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118000479.html?categoryid=3284&cs=1&query=pilots+casting+2009

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Two Commercial Auditions on Thursday!

Thursday was a great day!  My wonderful agents at Commercials Unlimited scheduled me for two commercial auditions! 

First stop was Lisa Pantone Casting at The Casting Lounge.  The audition was for a Pillsbury spot.  This was my first time auditioning for Lisa and I felt really great about my audition.  Not only that, I met Lisa in the audition room and she was fantastic!  Often at commercial auditions a casting assistant runs the audition and the casting director watches the live feed in another room.  Lisa was very hands on and was very sweet to me.  I am glad to have met her and I hope to audition for her again soon.

Second stop was Maryclaire Sweeters Casting.  The audition was for a large Walmart Campaign.  I have auditioned for Maryclaire Sweeters once before, but I think it was about a year ago.  It was great to be called into her office again.  

Overall I was very happy with both auditions.  Thursday was a great day!

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Agent Workshop

On Monday night I attended an Agent Workshop at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood, CA.  I met with Harold Auguenstein, a Theatrical Agent at Abrams Artists.  For this workshop I was given 5 minutes to meet Harold and to do my scene.  I felt really good about my audition and I hope that Abrams Artist is looking for my type!

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American Express Commercial

Exciting news!  My American Express Commercial has been renewed for another 13 weeks!  The commercial highlights the rewards that cardholders can earn by using their card.  In my section of the commercial I have “whisked” my commercial husband off to Italy with our airline miles.

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Jennifer’s New Shots!

 

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I just uploaded my favorite Headshots and Zed Shots from my recent photo shoot with David Muller.  To check out my new photos, click on “Headshots & Resume” as well as “Model Shots” at the top of the page.  Comments welcome! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

~ Jennifer

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The Miss America Pageant

The Miss America Pageant was Saturday, and what a great show.  As a former local and state contestant in the Miss America Program, I love to watch the pageant every year. I wore my crown as I watched 52 amazing women vie for the title of Miss America.   And the winner is…Miss Indiana Katie Stam!  I was very impressed with Katie and am thrilled that she is the first Miss America for the State of Indiana.  As a former Miss Ball State University, I have good friends from the Miss Indiana Pageant circuit, I extend congratulations to them as well!

Competing in the Miss America System was a very important part of my life.  I believe in this amazing program that encourages education for women and community service.  I am an advocate for women’s issues and won The Miss America Community Service Award for raising awareness of Teen Dating Violence: www.stopdatingviolence.com.

Here are a couple photos of me from my competition days:

Evening Gown Competition at The Miss Ohio Pageant

Jennifer Keller at The Miss Ohio Pageant

Jennifer at The Miss Buckeye State Pageant
Miss Ohio Parade

Miss Ohio Parade

 

To view Jennifer’s Pageant Gown and Accessory Resale Site, check out www.pageantgowns.wordpress.com

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New Empires Photo

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Jennifer Keller (Cora) and Brandon Stacy (Connor) in between takes in "Empires"

This is a great new photo from “Empires”, the Pilot Presentation I filmed before the holidays.  For more photos and information on “Empires”, look under the “Categories” link on the right and click on “Empires”.

 

Special Thanks to my co-star, Brandon Stacy www.myspace.com/stacitto  for the photo.

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Send a Jennifer Keller E-card Today!

How fun is this!!  Go to www.tidycats.com today to send your very own, personalized Jennifer Keller e-card! 

Purina® TIDY CATS® brand Cat Litter and Kitty Litter

My home smells like…
peaches & cream
 
Hey there!

What does your home smell like?

~ Jennifer

 

 

Keep Home Smelling Like Home.™

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Hello! Curious about the life of an actress in Los Angeles?  You’ve come to the right place! Scroll down for audition and booking news or click on the pages above to view my reel, headshots and resume.  And don’t forget to check back for updates!

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American Express Commercial

Good news, my American Express Commercial has been renewed for another 13 weeks!

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“Empires” shoot in Beverly Hills

Today we filmed my favorite scene of the pilot!  The location: a breathtaking Beverly Hills mansion in the same neighborhood as our original location.  The scene: the manipulative Cora Devereaux-Warfield is trying to convince her older sister, Leylie, that they must persuade their father to allow them to integrate into Globalcor, the $120 billion dollar company owned by the family. 
Jennifer Keller as Cora and Vanessa White as Leylie in "Empires"

Jennifer Keller as Cora and Vanessa White as Leylie in "Empires"

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The Devereaux Family Photo in “Empires”

Jennifer as Cora, Laurie Silva as Bleu, Michael Keeley as Washington and Vanessa White as Leylie

The Devereaux Family: Jennifer as Cora, Laurie Silva as Bleu, Michael Keeley as Washington and Vanessa White as Leylie

Empires is on shoot day number 7 and this morning was my 4th day on set.  Today we filmed on location in Beverly Hills, CA.  The scene: a family breakfast interrupted by a newspaper scandal.

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Two Nights of Filming For “Empires”

The first two nights of filming for “Empires” have been exciting and exhausting.  The scene: a lavish private party at the Worthington mansion to celebrate the recent success of Globalcor.  Everyone is on their best behavior, but behind closed doors it is another story.

We filmed from 5pm-5am both nights, but it is all worth it.  The pilot is going to look great!  Here are a couple “behind the scenes” photos: 

Jennifer with Michael Placencia (Cain) and Sargon Yoseph, the writer of Empires

Jennifer with Michael Placencia (Cain) and Sargon Yoseph, the writer of Empires

One big happy family. Jennifer with Michael Keeley (Washington) and Laurie Silva (Bleu)

One big happy family. Jennifer with Michael Keeley (Washington) and Laurie Silva (Bleu)

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National Commercial for Jennifer!

Super exciting news!  My agent just called to tell me I BOOKED A NATIONAL COMMERCIAL FOR TIDY CAT LITTER!  I am so excited!  I have a wardrobe fitting on Monday and I will find out my shoot schedule tomorrow.

This is my second national commercial.  Special Thanks my agent Randi at CU, to Dan Cowan at Lien/Cowan Casting for inviting me to audition, and to everyone involved in the Tidy Cat Litter Campaign for choosing me!

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Meet and Greet for “Empires” Cast and Crew

Tonight was the Cast and Crew Meet and Greet.  We met at one of our shoot locations, a beautiful home in Beverly Hills.   I met our awesome writer, Sargon Yoseph and had a chance to learn more about the script from his perspective.  It was also nice to meet the rest of the cast and crew, I look forward to working with everyone! 

 

Jennifer Keller with Phil, Sean, Sean and Wes

Jennifer Keller with Phil, Sean, Sean and Wes

 

Keep Checking back for updates, I start filming on Monday!

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New Role for Jennifer!!

Exciting News!  I booked a role in a pilot presentation!  I have been cast as Cora Devereaux-Warfield in “Empires”, written by Sargon Yoseph.  I have a table read in a couple days where I will meet the rest of the cast and pick up my shooting schedule!  Check back for updates!

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Pilot Audition on Saturday!!

I had an awesome opportunity to audition for a hot new pilot last night!  The pilot, “Empires”, is about the greed and corruption that surround two wealthy families who are tied together by a $120 billion dollar technology corporation they co-own.  

I auditioned for the roles of sisters, Cora and Leylie Devereaux, and either role would be a treat work on!  I also read for the role of Bianca, an attorney.  The sides that I read were top notch!  I felt really great about this audition, and I am hoping for a callback.

Special thanks to my “INDUSTRY: The Series” Co-Star, Michael Placencia (http://www.myspace.com/mike95336) for the heads up on the audition!!

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American Express Commercial Renewed for 13 weeks!

Good news, my American Express Commercial has been renewed for another 13 weeks!

The commercial was cast by Lien/Cowan Casting and has been running for over a year.   In the commercial I’ve “whisked” my husband off to Italy with the airline miles we accumulated by using our American Express Card.  We are sitting in a tiny cafe in Italy enjoying the whole experience.

Be sure to look for it!

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On Set with “The Mentalist” and an Exciting Audition!

The life of an actress is a rollercoaster.  Sometimes you are up and sometime you are down.  And sometimes you are just waiting in line.  It has been a quiet summer for me, but I have a couple of exciting things to report.  First of all, I will be working as a Stand In on “The Mentalist” on Wednesday.  This will give me a unique opportunity to be on set and network.  Second, I have a big audition on Thursday for a host of a network TV show.  Keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

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The Life Of An Actress

Hello World!  I am Jennifer Keller, a SAG actress living in Los Angeles, CA.    On this site you will find my headshots, resume and acting reel, as well as photos, links and updates about current projects and successes.

Thanks for stopping by!  I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment!    ~ Jennifer

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SUCCESS is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.  – Maya Angelou

  

 

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