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The Fabulous Adventures of Astera: Writer/Actress for Hire

Meet Astera (aka: me), a star in her own mind. Our plucky little heroine has embarked on not one but two difficult, low-paying career paths: writing and acting. Witness the menial jobs! The unreasonable demands! The quirky friends and family! And the glimmer of success just ahead! Through it all, Astera maintains her core beliefs: 1) She is destined to be fabulous 2) Everything is more fun with a cocktail.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Feelin' Good, Feelin' Fine

Well, January is off to a pretty good start. I've got some money coming in from freelance assignments, I'm going to the gym, and today I had a really good commercial audition. Yeah, I had that cold that made me sort of delirious, but NyQuil's always fun.

So, the audition. A week or so ago, I saw a posting on Craigslist that said "Brunette talent wanted!" They were looking specifically for brunette Caucasians, and usually the Craigslist talent section is such a scam and almost everything is porn, but this seemed legit. I emailed in my headshot and resume, and I got an almost immediate response saying, "We really like your look. When can you come in to audition?"

I drove down there today, and I was feeling really good and relaxed. I was having a good hair day (I have a new stylist who gave me a great cut a few weeks ago), my eyes were bright and I was wearing this blue jacket that I wore in an on-camera class, so I knew it was very flattering on-screen. There were just a couple of people in the office and they were all cool. It seemed like they really wanted me to do well. They gave me the sides and explained it all and gave me some time to get comfortable with the script. Here's the funny thing: the sides had the mocked-up storyboard of the commercial on them, and the girl they used to depict the announcer (the part I was auditioning for) had my exact hairstyle! That's got to be a good omen.

The head guy told me that they hadn't really found what they were looking for yet because they were looking for someone friendly and accessible, and he thought I had a great, friendly look. Then he pratically told me exactly how to deliver the lines! He timed it out once off-camera and then gave me a little more time. Then he put me on tape. I did it once, he gave me some notes, and I did it a second time. He said it was "perfect" and "wonderful," and while that may have been an exaggeration, it seemed like he really did like me.

Now the agency will send the audition tape to the client, and the client has final say. So, even though I feel like I did a really good job and was warm and accessible, the client may decide to "go in another direction." But it was good to get back into the game and get some confidence. The funny thing is, my agent called me this afternoon (for the first time in months) and wanted to send me out on the same audition! She seemed a little bummed that I'd already gone out, but hey, I've got to look out for myself and find my own opportunities.

So that was my day. A little piece of happiness.


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