5.29.2009

Disney Disclosure

Today, I came across the backpack I used while working for Walt Disney World entertainment.  When working there, safety pins were needed from time to time for minor, impromptu costume issues and at many locations there were containers of pins available for use.  However, since not all locations had available safety pins, it was common for the talent to attach the pins to bags and backpacks so we had our own, on demand stashes of pins.  I had quite a few:



Removal of these safety pins so the backpack could be donated resulted in dirty fingertips:



Oh, and Disney: if you'd like the pins returned, let me know.  I'll be happy to mail them to you.

5.26.2009

Dear Mr. Mezrich...

Dear Mr. Mezrich,

This is a little note to say I've just read of your upcoming book Accidential Billionaires, scheduled to line bookshelves on June 14.  Exciting!  It looks like a potentially riveting read with hints of salaciousness, especially fresh off the heels of Bringing Down the House.  True, I would have been great as Jill Taylor in the screen adaptation, 21, but that didn't work out.  However, I see a potential second-chance: the upcoming film adaptation of Accidental Billionaires!

While the book may not please every party out there (not many books do), it's sure to be a scintillating tale visually.  So I'm asking you to please consider me for your acting needs in this next film project.  I'm an accomplished actress with sound technique, a stalwart work ethic, a great personality, a unique look and much talent to book – er, boot.  I'm certain the script may not yet be finalized, but this should never be a deterrent for preliminary assessment of an end-product.  I'm sure the film will be a huge success!  What's more, I already follow Mr. Luketic, so, should you and the production company elect to work with him again, please know I'm very familiar with his techniques, his character and his sense of humor.  Notwithstanding, I've had opportunities to work with several other, well-known directorial names, so I'm a flexible and well-rounded girl.  

For further information and inquries, feel free to email publicrelations@aleciabatson.com.  I look forward to meeting you soon and hearing every detail of the screenplay.

Sincerely yours,
Alecia

5.22.2009

Thank you for calling...

Yesterday I worked a voice over gig wherein I recorded a telephony system for a new company. I can't tell you the name yet because the company hasn't debuted. But you can go here, if you like. It was a great gig, though: efficient, fun and informative, and at my favorite studio in town. There were only a few pages of copy, and the read was quick. I was almost concerned because there were so few second takes, but I was confident in my reads, and both the client and the engineer conferred and agreed that I was very good. (Thanks!)

The majority of telephone copy falls along the lines of:

"Thank you for calling [insert company name here], your source for [company tagline here]. We are unable to take your call at this time, as all representatives are currently assisting other customers. If you'd like to leave a message, please press 1. If you'd like to continue to hold, please press 2. To hear a duck quack, press 3. To end this call now, press the pound key. Thank you!"

Yesterday's copy wasn't much different. And there are also the various sub-menu reads, such as:

"The [insert office name here] office is currently closed. Our hours are 9 AM to 8 PM Monday through Saturday. If you'd like to leave a message, please press 1. You may also visit our website at [website name here].com. For all other questions, please call back during normal business hours. Thank you!"

It's not the most obvious work in the world, but it is work and I'm grateful for it. (Once the company has launched, I'll let you in on the phone number so you can dial it to hear my in-studio efforts.)

5.18.2009

Give me a fightin' chance

Today I had another audition for a supporting role in a feature film--the story of a family with boxing in its blood.  It was an educational experience, with limited information available beforehand.  The only advance instruction provided described mode of dress and desired style of hair; script sides would be on-site, so "arrive early".  I did so with my interpretation of wardrobe and hair, ready to commit lines to memory.  I'm not sure how well this served me, though, as I left feeling like I'd made an utter fool of myself, providing several minutes' worth of video footage as levity for those viewing the many frames of audition tape.  Nevertheless, I would like to make a few observations for those casting directors who read my blog:

Please help me--the actor--help you.  The more information you provide, the more confident I will be, that much stronger a presentation I will make and, in turn, the better it will be for all involved.

For example, if you'd like me to present character specifics in-depth, I am more than pleased to do so.  If this character is based on a person living right now, I'll be able to provide a more realistic presentation of this individual if I have more than ten minutes to internalize the ten seconds of documentary footage available for viewing.  Could the footage be posted online in advance?  Also, any family and factual history that can be provided would be appreciated (e.g., name, place of birth, names of siblings and parents, experiences).

If you want me to portray a person with a specified career path, I'd be happy to.  However, I just ask that you let me know what this career is before I arrive to audition.  This way, if I have to play, say, a construction worker, I won't arrive in a minidress. All this background information will also be beneficial when it comes to ditching the available sides and asking me to improvise, instead. 

I realize that not all of this is possible for every audition, but please remember that I want to help you succeed as a casting director by giving you my best performance every single time.  It may seem a hassle to pass on such information, but every little bit helps.

5.14.2009

1=3

Earlier this week I was called in to read for the impending dark comedy Serial Buddies, produced by Maria Menounos et al.  I had prepared the role requsted and perused the other available roles, identifiying another I had more interest in.  When I arrived, I signed in and tracked down a casting associate to find out if they would be auditioning the role that piqued my interest.  "No, we're not really sure what happened to that part, but why don't you read for these two parts in Valediction?"

Ooh.  Valediction.  Do I know this movie? 

In fact, I did not.  I'd never heard of it.  I can't seem to find any information about it at this time, either.  There is a movie by the same name from 2006, but that can't be it--it's already out.  Perhaps it's an adaptation of the Robert B. Parker novel by the same name?  I don't know for sure, but the description of the story seems similar to the sides I saw.

Either way, I got to read for three roles in two separate features.  Wow!  How often does that happen--showing up for one audition and getting three?!  Honestly, I don't think I'll be offered the role in Serial Buddies though I did my best, but I feel confident in my reads for Valediction.  Maybe I'll get one of them...

5.09.2009

Mail Mistake?

In a bizarre encounter today, I, an organic-eating, almost-no-alcohol-drinking, illicit-and-illegal-drug-virgin, and classically-trained singer and actress, received mail from Marlboro.  Yes, son of Phillip Morris, father to Marlboro Man, sponsor of international motor racing and manufacturer of more than 20 varieties of cigarette sent snail mail specifically addressed to me, unsolicited, undesired and, hopefully, erroneously.  I was actually afraid to handle the slim black envelope, fearing it would be dirty and texturally displeasing.

Dear Marlboro:

I don't know from whom you acquired my address, but I ask that you please save trees and postage by not mailing to me again.  I don't anticipate ever needing or wanting to purchase your products, as they will almost assuredly interfere with the production of my art, the productivity of my business, and the durations of both my career and life. 

Thank you,

Alecia
A Never-Smoker

5.07.2009

Cleaning Up

While doing some spring cleaning I happened upon this, another gift from guests at the Walt Disney World Resort.  I can only imagine what the intentions were--good I am sure, but a bit perplexing.  This is certainly one of the more unusual presents given to me.

5.04.2009

A Rush of Bumness

Today was one of those unusual days where I was experiencing this rush of bumness and realizing an utter failure to flourish.   

I mean, what have I been doing?

Feeling as though I hadn't blogged forever when in reality it has only been five days made it seem as though I haven't accomplished anything with my life.  (Ridiculous-sounding, I know.  It appears even more so when in writing.)  Coming down off the Massachusetts Lottery-Stop & Shop-Film Festival Circuit high has been a bit rough, especially when combined with the busy schedule I have been maintaining as well as the spate of ten days of no singing due to Attack of the Crud.  (Not singing due to illness really makes me a grumpy girl.  It's probably the lack of endorphins.)

My voice seems to be on the mend now, but my breath support has gone out the window.  Thankfully that's only temporary; some études will solve that setback.  I've had some exciting brainstorming about a potential project, which is encouraging, especially when said brainstorming happens without prompt and flows freely forth.  Auditions have been rather slow to come, allowing me time to review goals and targets and strategies, and make future plans.  (Oh, and send out some audition-channeling brainwaves.) 

It's funny--I think this is just a little dip, typical of what many performers experience.  This certainly isn't the first time I've experienced an irrational slump and I know it won't be the last.  Yet when it happens, it seems so real, so severe, so dire and potentially-never-ending.

Perspective.  Breathe.  Focus.  Delight in the journey.  Be thankful for the triumphs.