And all without an umbrella.

Today I worked on the industrial video I was cast in. My character was frustrated IT support professional Sonja. As I mentioned before, this is a fun group, and today was no exception. But the pressure was on, as I had overheard it stated that three days' worth of shots were being compressed into two days. So, I knew I had to be on the ball.

My wardrobe planning worked out brilliantly, if I do say so myself. I was asked to bring a few changes for consideration, but I opted to wear the one I felt most captured Sonja, IT professional, in the hope that I wouldn't have to change clothes. And it worked out!

For the green screen shots, I also achieved almost-helmet-hair status with the help of the hair and make-up artist. (Those little ones are so difficult to keep down!)

Once I was called in, this was my view from the set:

Yep. That's a Teleprompter you see. I was off book when I came in, but because this was a direct-to-camera shot, they wanted to use it. So, I did and was wrapped in three takes. Nice!

The most tragic news of the day is that my favorite umbrella broke. It broke! In the midst of the terrible weather the pole just snapped--and without wind! It was tragic and I was wet, but overall today was great! I look forward to doing more.


More than helpful

A few days ago, I was hired for another industrial video gig that is slated to shoot next week. I've worked with this group before and they're quite a fun bunch, but I know I'm in for some green-screen helmet-hair. Last time I played "helpful Rebecca" who was skilled in her telemarketing techniques and coached another individual on how he might improve his leaderboard standing. Who will I be this time? I don't know; I haven't gotten my script, yet. (I'm pretty sure it won't be "helpful Rebecca".)

I realize this isn't an historical drama, but it is work and it is helping me get to where I want to be (vague, though, that destination may be). I still believe Masterpiece Theatre will be calling me in the near future.


Sing it, sister!

Yesterday I sang some gospel music as requested as part of Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday at Old South ChurchWillie Sordillo's jazz trio accompanied and they really rocked it.  Thanks guys! 


(To) Where I am going

It's not uncommon for people to inquire, "Where are you going with this, Alecia?", or, "Have you considered living somewhere else?"  Many days even I wonder, Alecia: where are you going with this performance thing?  I have to say, I don't really know. 

Commonly I answer that I am considering other physical locales as a base of operations, such as New York City, LA, or even Shreveport, Louisiana, which has a booming film industry, but that I want to have a justifiable (and perhaps quantifiable) reason to relocate and, in the meantime, I want to continue adding value to my résumés.  

I'm not sure this is a great answer.  In some ways I feel kind of aimless, but yet there is this compulsion from within to do, to create, to perform.  It's a bit enigmatic, really.  Like any well-founded business, it is important to have an established operating plan to follow that will take the entity from Point A to Point B.  And I feel as though I have a plan, but that it isn't always clear-cut.  Maybe my physical location should be part of the plan. 

I mean, what is a career?  It seems to me a career is defined by the types of employment that are offered and accepted: roles, parts, gigs, and the like.  Could my location govern my employment?  Yes, I suppose it could given the number of projects, shows and opportunities an area has to offer and can support.  It would be more difficult to create a fiscally viable entertainment career in Texico than in Toronto.  But a career is also defined by time spent in a profession.  Does time spent in pursuit count? 

Life is about the journey, right?  And not about the destination? 


Audition Transition

As you may have seen, I recently had a technical discovery which has inspired me as of late to pursue auditions of the singing persuasion with a renewed vim.  So, despite my un-HIP-ness, I've been sending out packets and soliciting time slots for upcoming auditions with a variety of entities. 

This doesn't mean I'm not scared or nervous or concerned in an audition.  What I've yet to admit (until now) is that I'm a relative newcomer to the audition scene.  You see, it wasn't until college that I really had to audition for anything.  Prior to my undergraduate studies--as ludicrous as it sounds--performances just came to me.  People who knew me just knew I could sing, act and dance and simply asked me to be in shows and productions.  Even that first public performance--I didn't ask to be in the show.  I was just "put" in it. 

My first major audition was part of my application to undergraduate school.  And, as ridiculous as it may seem, it didn't occur to me that I would have to audition to get in!  I simply thought I had to complete all the requisite paperwork and--poof!  I would be in music school.  At the University of Texas I actually missed all of the scheduled audition dates the year I applied--all six of them.  However, there were so many applicants that year that a seventh audition date was added in late May or early June and I attended that one.  That particular audition called for two arias, which was fine with me because I only knew two: "Care Selve, Ombre Beate" from Handel's opera Atalanta; and "Danza, Danza, Fanciulla Gentile" by Francesco Durante

Music auditions don't typically mimic normal performance environs.  They're often held in non-performance spaces, with an assortment of individuals sitting about doing a variety of things, including: checking email; eating a sandwich; grading papers; nodding off; and the like.  (Yes.  I have seen all of these things done in auditions by adjudicators.)  And, frequently, the skill of the accompanist varies from poor to brilliant.  (There have been times when I pined for the latter.)  Essentially, one must be simultaneously flexible, confident and outstanding.

I want to be hired for my artistic contributions, forethought, insight and personality. But, for now, I think I need to focus on becoming more consistent in this form of auditioning.  I have not yet received responses from my solicitations, but it has only been a few weeks.  I'm willing to wait.


Starting the New Year Right

There's a new movie database out there and it seems to think I deserve credit for my Scuba Bride role in 27 Dresses.  I may like this one more than IMDB...