The casting director was one of the nicest CD's I have ever met. Normally if I go to an in-person, the casting director wears a stone faced expression behind a table that is weighed down with forms, resumes, and the kind of mental anguish that one tends to feel if they watch actor after actor read the same sides for nine hours straight.
One time I had a man eat a bowl of Wendy's chili while I auditioned for him. Wendy's.
This casting director was absolutely lovely. She had her assistant come out and grab my headshot/resume to review and use to to incite conversation in the audition room. She had me read the sides two different ways and then took a minute to ask me where I was from, where my Alma mater was, where was currently living, and how I liked it.
One thing I have learned is that, in an audition situation, things go more smoothly when Party A (for Actor) stays positive and ends the exchange with a loving sigh followed by, "This was wonderful/super/fantastic/coolest/remarkable!"
I walked out feeling aces.
This has been a pretty decent little past couple of months for me, acting wise. I booked lead a role on my favorite project to date, Wasteland Film's Amateur Night (Formerly called Lily) and had an absolute ball. Great cast, great crew, great production quality - and my first great paycheck.
"Sorry that this is so low budget," the producer said when I was signing paperwork with her, "Normally we pay better. Much better. This is a tight production we've got going here. But what we can't pay you in money, we make up for in badass."
I looked at my contract, expecting to see a deferred pay rate or a 100/day rate, but instead I saw a number that made me choke on my spit. A number that could take care of rent for two and a half months with enough leftover for a sackful of Krystals.
"You alright?" the producer asked.
"Yes, yes," I coughed, "I'm amazing."
Amateur Night is still in the post production phase and won't be released for a little longer, so I can't show you anything having to do with set, costume, characters, etc. I can, however, show you some pictures that I had taken in makeup.
The makeup artist pictured is Lisa Carter.
She is based in Atlanta and has been doing hair and makeup on film sets for years. She made me look like a sexy badass.
She and the makeup supervisor, Fawn Ortega, also kept me looking like a sexy badass during and in between takes. Any director should be so lucky to have these lovely ladies on board!
I hope that you have enjoyed this little peek into my professional life. I don't always get to share everything I want because of ownership/copy write reasons, but I like to be able to share things with you every now and then.