Monday, March 31, 2014

Acting can be a bruising business

I encountered a few bumps in the road. Some of my experiences have been disappointing, but I’m not ready to give up just yet.

I’ll be in touch

A few months ago I had an audition that was almost two hours away. I burned rubber straight after work trying to get there on time. I was going to be about five minutes late, so I called the casting director to let him know. This is when I was informed that the audition had been canceled. There were some red flags I overlooked – getting the sides around midnight the night before and the casting director being rude and arrogant in previous emails. But this casting director, who was also the writer, cranked out movies regularly, showed at film festivals, and won a few local awards. I just had to work with him. For my trouble, he promised to send me a copy of his latest script for me to play a small part. I never heard from him again. Either the project fell through or he had already found an actress he liked better.

The check isn’t in the mail

Since there isn’t a lot of acting work in Greensboro, I usually have to make the drive to Charlotte, Raleigh, or Wilmington. I spend a lot of money on gas, but it is worth it if I’m compensated. I booked a paid job – it was low pay but a nice credit for my resume. After shooting, I was told “You should get paid the end of this week.” I never saw a dime. After sending several messages, I gave up on getting the money.

Can you be more black?

I auditioned for a role recently where the woman was supposed to be angry and combative. I guess I wasn’t giving enough attitude and fierceness so the casting director suggested that I “act more black and ghetto.” I tried improvising but was told I came off too articulate. I wished I would have known I would have to be so ignorant and embarrassing. I was so offended I didn’t care if I booked the role or not. I didn’t.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don't expect everyone to be happy for you

Except for filming a local commercial and going out on several auditions, I’ve haven’t been doing that much acting-wise. Slow times like this, I remember all the amazing jobs I have booked so far and try to remain positive. And I’m thankful for the people who support me.

Supportive friends and family are vital. Encouraging words can stop you from having a pity party when things aren’t going your way. I had to get rid of a toxic, unsupportive boyfriend who seemed to be dismissive whenever I mentioned anything acting related. At times, he would get threatened and angry if I booked a paying job. The funny thing is as soon as we broke up, I started to book more work.
I’m telling you now, everyone won’t be happy for you. This includes family and friends. It hurts, but people you love might not want to see that You tube clip of your national TV commercial that’s currently playing. If I described family members, the best thing to do is not tell them. Keep it to yourself. If you have toxic friends or associates, cut them out of your life. Your career will thank you, and you will be much happier.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Dreams do come true

I beamed with pride as Lupita Nyong’o clutched her Oscar tightly and said her inspiring acceptance speech. I got a little teary-eyed when she ended with “ When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” Congrats, Lupita!