The Unexpected Audition

Sometimes, well most of the time, we receive last-minute audition notices as actors.  Our agents call us as soon as they hear of a relevant audition.  Don’t hate!  It’s not their fault.  It’s just the way the industry works.  You are going about your day and then BOOM!  Just like that, you get a phone call asking your availability in auditioning for a role.

That phone call occurred for me yesterday.  The calls are coming more rapidly these days.  I received a call asking if I was available before 5 pm yesterday to arrive as a “nurse” for a live medical convention.  When you get these unexpected, “day of” calls, there is always a moment of shock. This is normally followed by excitement, fear, more excitement and a rush of adrenaline.

I made a vow at the start of 2013, that I would not turn any opportunity down as long as I am available.  So I kindly thanked my agent and quickly was called into action.  Outfit picked out. Check. Headshots printed. Check.  Babysitting for my daughter, thanks mom! Check.  Make-up. Check. Hair. Check.

That’s basically what it looks like when prepping for the unexpected audition.   And of course it helps to have a gracious, kind neighbor who lended me her nurse scrubs and a stethoscope.

What I have learned about the unexpected audition is this:

Always be prepared in advance.  This means have extra headshots printed, bar code printed, clothing selections in mind.

Prep, don’t plan your lines or your perspective on the role.

If you receive lines, do your best to at least memorize the first line or two.

The unexpected audition can become expected with your preparation in advance.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Hope, Resiliency and a brief update

Update:  This week I went to an audition for Disney.  It was an audition for print job (internet usage).

Very exciting opportunity!  The audition was literally ten seconds long.  Well, it was “Ten Mississippi’s” if you counted slowly.  This may be surprising to some of you newbie auditioner’s.  But every audition is different.  I walked in and there was a short line that had a high turnover rate.  I asked the gentleman in front of me if I could borrow his phone.  Why? Because we were informed to use our phone in one of the pictures taken of us.  And well, I left my cell in the car.  Thankfully, this kind actor gave me his Iphone.

It was my turn.  I walked up.  Flashed a smile and a hello.  I was asked to smile at camera (picture taken).  Then I was asked to look at camera and lastly, to laugh at camera.  I’m not complaining because it was an easy process.

So I thought I’d start out with an update.  And now I’d like to share my thoughts about “Hope and Resilience” by writing a short poem.

HOPE AND RESILIENCE

Re-Silence me.

Take me to a land

Of Hope and dreams.

For here I will stay.

Hope is the leader

And resilience the follower.

Without hope,

There is no resilience.

Hope for a better today

And if the better doesn’t come

Remember resilience

You can choose your day

You can choose your way

You can have HOPE again.

Refuel the Creativity

This is for you. The Artist.

Every artist needs fuel to keep the creative juices flowing.  There are many types of stressors and stress can creep up at random.  Stress in and of itself can be great fuel.  We need a certain amount of “good” stress to push us to our goals and to keep us on our feet.  Stress is a burst of energy that basically alerts you on what to do next.  There are advantages to stress when it exists in small doses.   It  can help you meet daily challenges and will motivate you to reach your goals.  However, there is the “bad” stress that builds and can become toxic to the mind, body and spirit.  As artists, we are especially vulnerable to stress because of our heightened sensitivity.  And when I say “sensitivity” I am referring to the ability of artists to tap into their own vulnerabilities and intuition.  This is why it’s so important to rest and rejuvenate in order to refuel the creative juices.

Why do I bring this up?  I bring this up because my energies are in higher demand due to an increase in scheduled activities.  As an actor, “gigs” are often at random and the duration/intensity vary of each job.  I began to think about energy and how important it is for me to take time to rest and refuel the energy.  I’m the type of person who wants to “go, go, go.”  I have always been the “restless girl” in my seat at school.  My head was in the clouds daydreaming.  But what I believe is this.  I have endless bounds of energy and visions of creating something bigger.  This I have known from a very early age.

I am finally able to allow myself to fully explore my visions of creating.  Yet I have learned from life experiences how to manage stressful situations and how to take care of myself along the way.  I’m very grateful to be refueling the creative juices this week, as I am away on vacation.  If you cannot take a vacation right now, can you take a mini-vacation?  Or perhaps you can take an hour to refuel.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

What a week!

This week began with the usual.  And then there was Film Class at Art Sake Studio.  This CORE film class opens up the chakras and assists in bringing great truth to acting.  It unleashes vulnerability and allows for people to feel safe in sharing and exploring various emotions.  This week we continued with Meisner Film games and were fortunate to attend a workshop by  Christy Poggi      on empathy.  Since I am a LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor); I must admit that at first, I wasn’t sure what more I could learn about empathy.  Empathy training was a large part of my Master’s program.  However; empathy applied to Film Acting is a very different ball game.  As a counselor we empathize with clients; however, as a film actor we empathize with the character while being truthful to our own vulnerabilities.  As a counselor we are taught boundaries and to stay focused on client, often disregarding our own emotional impulse.  This occurs for good reason in therapy.  However; in film acting, boundaries are loose for good reason.  We are encouraged to take risks with ourselves and actors during scenework.  Speaking of risks, leads me to the word FEAR.

I am scared to death (a bit dramatic, yes) of ACTING.  I have always been afraid of it yet secretly wanted to play the leading lady on General Hospital.  Also, I would secretly want to be Sandra Bullock in all of the romantic comedies.  You see, we all have “inner critics” that scream at us right when we feel we can do something.  The inner critic often says ” it’s too hard”, ” you aren’t good enough”, “that’s impossible”, “You aren’t smart enough.” etc.   But these barriers are imaginary and created, without giving us as a chance to prove the inner critic wrong.  I’m thankful to mentors that have told me to not listen to this chatter.  Yet, I go into the unknown and I am at times scared ______.   You get the idea and can fill in the  blank.  I feel empowered speaking the truth and this will free me.  There is a quote about fear from “The Artist Way” by Julia Cameron.

” It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”  Seneca

My updates for this week:  I was cast in an Infomercial for Hand Hygiene at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  Blue Sky Production crew based out of Nashville were wonderful folks to work with.  They were professional and had a sense of humor, which created ease on the set.  It was a long day but well worth it.  I actually cried “real tears” during one scene with a young boy (who played my child).  I credit my acting class at Art Sake for giving me tools to illicit tears on film.  It helped for me to do some breathing exercises, to breath into the emotion.  What I am learning is this; Although I fear acting, I’m growing more confident and I attribute this to taking risks.  And that’s a wrap!

Enjoy your weekend!

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

One Moment at a Time

You are probably singing right now…”One moment in time….” but I seriously meant ” One Moment at a Time” as post title.  Why? Because all it takes is one moment in time to realize our true potential.  This Tuesday marked the 3rd week of Core Film Class at Art Sake’s Studio.  I have been enjoying the heck out of this class.  I am learning to trust my impulses in acting and to be more “in the moment”.

This week I am realizing that doors continue to open.  I feel there is limitless possibilities and potential in our world.  Sometimes the doors that open are right in front of our eyes, and we fail to notice for one reason or another.  So that is where “mindfulness” comes in.  When I slow my mind down and focus on the emotions, what is bubbling up under the surface; the answers begin to appear. So I encourage you to do the same.  Go to Google and click on “Guided Imagery”, meditations or take a local yoga class.  It really does make a significant different on your day while also bringing clarity to what is bubbling up.

This week was exciting!  Stay tuned, as my friend Georgia and I just began pre production on our co-write.  We will be posting our new song this summer.  Also, I will be an extra in a local Indie film called ” Hope for Harmony” to be taped this upcoming week.

Not much more to say, as its Friday “Eve”.  We are all tired, right?  Time to renew, repair and reboot for the next week.

Live. Love. Create.

Kimberly

Day 41

Today was a VERY cold day in Florida.  I am so confused by Florida weather.  One day rainy, one day freezing, another day hot and then back to freaking COLD.  You’d think I would be use to it, since I am a native to Florida, but I am not.  Oh well.  I could put a positive spin on this and say that the unpredictable weather always keeps us guessing.  As if the weather is an exciting surprise.  But the truth is, I am not amused.  Mostly, because my wardrobe goes in and out of boxes regularly, not knowing what to expect next.

Okay lets see, highlights for today.

* Music highlight: Worked more on latest song, in which I am co writing.  Very excited about this!! I will be meeting up with co writer tomorrow evening to continue our edits.  Can’t wait!

* I went to an audition for a Full Sail movie.  The only catch is NO ONE WAS THERE.  So there was no audition for me.  I am still puzzled by this. But I did leave the casting department a message.  I will try again.

*  Enjoyed a belated, but not forgotten, Valentines day dinner and movie with my husband.  We watched a movie called ” Silver Linings Playbook” directed by David O. Russell.   One of my favorite actors is Bradley Cooper (stars in this film) .  Our dinner at Thai Singh was fantastic.  “Late night noodles” has always been our favorite dish there.  Delicious!!! (Thanks for babysitting mom and dad!)

Very sleepy so goodnight…

Kimberly

Day 30

Day 30, what can I say?  You threw out small tests and I manged to pass them.  Yes, life lessons.

There were unexpected surprises and minor challenges.  Yet, I woke up and said ” Life, what do you have in store for me today? It will be a great day!”  And thankfully, it turned out to be a good day, not great, but good.  There is so much to be thankful for.

Highlights for today:

* I survived many baby tantrums.  I’m starting to get a handle on how to better manage a tantrum.  Distraction by laughing, dancing and singing tends to help Liv calm down and refocus.

*  I prepared for Disney audition, which is tomorrow.  I have never auditioned for a Disney commercial before so I am very much looking forward to it!

* I bought make up today (a light foundation, commonly used for television) and a very kind saleswoman said this to me:

” Just go be a princess on that Disney commercial and whatever you do, don’t worry.”  She continued with ” Just like a job interview, go in there and be your confident self.”  It was like she knew me and was reading my thoughts.  A real life angel.  Thank you to the kind stranger who brightened my day.  Ironically, she worked at Disney for many years.

* I am making every effort to do at least one kind gesture, out of the blue, for someone each day.  It feels really good and I believe in the law of attraction.

And with that, good night.  I really want to write more to you dear blog and bloggers; but this lady is VERY tired.  Plus I need my rest in order to magically transform into the best princess actress Disney can ask for.  LOL

Good night,

Kimberly

Day 23

Day 23 not so shabby!  The day began with a long stroll.  It was a beautiful morning in Florida.  Clear skies, with a few clouds and a cool wind passing by.  As I dropped off Olivia to school; a storm of leaves canopied over us.  We both stared in awe of that moment.  Olivia is learning about leaves when we visit the park, almost daily.  The leaves were all of a golden hue and I was reminded to be mindful of the present moment.

WP, Florida

WP, Florida

Here are today’s highlights.

* I watched interviews of favorite actors such as Amy Adams.  I’ve been doing research on acting/singing by watching interviews.

* Music goals of the day: to write one new song.  I thought of a song idea but words did not come. Maybe they will tomorrow?

* I continued to write my book, well the ending to my book.  I know this might sound strange but I actually know the ending before the middle part of the book.  The start to the book is complete, unsure of the middle but definitely sold on the ending.  That’s pretty much a metaphor for my life.  Yet I am working on how to enjoy the “in between” and to live more mindfully.

* Guided Imagery?  I planned to relax by listening to some guided imagery by Kelly Howell. I love her You Tube videos.  However, for some reason my laptop is on “Mute” and I made many attempts to fix this problem.  It didn’t work so I resigned to the notion that this must be a “sign from above” that I am not mean to do guided imagery today.

* And lastly, I received a call from my agent for an audition next Friday for local commercial.  Very exciting and now the memorization and practice begins.  As an actor, you get use to rejection; It’s just part of the game.  However, I always go into auditions feeling optimistic and believing that perseverance must pay off.  I’ve been on many auditions and landed a few great roles on television. Lets hope this is another one of those roles.

Well after a long day, and leading a group for grief and loss this evening; I am tired.  Good night until Day 24.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Day 11

Today is Day 11, my lucky number !!!   What follows is a synopsis of my day.  Our sweet baby girl has been under the weather since Wednesday evening.  So mommy and daddy have been busy taking good care of her.  Today I took Liv to our first appointment with a new pediatrician who is an MD but also skilled in Alternative Medicine.  It is such a relief to find a pediatrician who believes in empowering families through prevention, education and support.

I visited my favorite business for skin care this evening.  It is called The Sanctuary of Winter Park.  The owner/founder is Usha Naran who is also a friend of mine.  She is such a professional, kind and genuine individual.  I admire her as a specialist in skin care and as a person.  She specializes in facials, waxing and make up.  Also there is a wonderful lady there named Maria who is very talented and is also a friend of mine.  Maria provides many services including waxing and pedicure/manicure.   I see Maria for eye brow waxing and always leave happy!  Check out this peaceful Sanctuary that is well-known for skin care in Winter Park.

http://sanctuaryofwinterpark.com/about-us/

I could go on and on about my day, but don’t want to bore you today.  First and foremost, today was about taking care of our bambina (spanish for “baby girl”).  We also ran a few errands together.  The process of organizing, decluttering and unpacking is taking longer than anticipated.  Olivia keeps me laughing when life can be so serious.

I am beginning to truly miss lyric writing, acting, singing and dancing.  Mostly I miss singing, and acting.  I have the acting bug again!  So I am hopeful that next week will be the last week of serious organization mode; so I can concentrate on acting/music again.   I sing and write now but not to the extent of my soul’s purpose.  There are many changes being made on a personal and professional note; which are preparing me for this next phase.

Be Well,

Kimberly

Days 6-9 Blogger Guilt

Last night I felt blogger guilt.  I was out on a date with my husband and suddenly remembered my blog.  You see, I promised myself I’d write a blog each day.  On Monday night, I planned to write about Sunday and Monday, however; I was unable to access the internet.  And then it was Tuesday evening.

I tend to set very high expectations of myself.  My hope was to write a blog each day, but it was a fast-paced, fun and mommy-tired sort of weekend.  And then one needs to recover from such a whimsical weekend.  So there was Monday.  I spent a good part of Monday cleaning house.  No longer will I continue to set such a high expectation. I think it is more realistic to say I will blog most weekday nights and blog once about each weekend.  So below is a synopsis of the last four days (including today).

The weekend was useful in that I sorted through boxes and continued to organize our new home.  As for family time, we went to Winter Park Farmer’s Market Saturday morning.  For the novice marketeers, it can be intimidating.  There is a large crowd and it is packed.  And it was momentarily scary when one vendor’s food truck began to tilt on its side.  It just so happened that this food truck was a barbeque pit with smoke filling the air.  Everyone froze as the truck tilted further in one direction.  There was a loud gasp of shock and fear.  But within seconds, the food truck was back up and running.

What I love the most, food wise, is a delicious crepe.  They even have gluten-free crepes now.  Yes, I ordered gluten-free with fruit and peanut butter.  Although I am going dairy-free; I figured a minimal amount of skim milk will do no harm.  For health reasons, I have decided to go dairy free.  Apparently there are great benefits to sticking to an all plant protein based “livit”. I prefer to not use the term “diet” rather, to use “livit” as this is a positive change.  The WP market is worth the trip!

Sunday evening, I went to see Mary Poppins musical at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre.  One word “Dynamic!”  The set was extraordinary.  I guess that is two descriptive words.  The artists were top notch and the choreography impeccable.  It was an inspiring musical to anyone, of any age.  There were many metaphors to a life well lived.  One of my favorite quotes is from Jane & Michael, ” Stretch your mind beyond fantastic, dreams are made of strong elastic.”  I felt inspired to continue this path of creative risk, adventure, and positive growth.  Thanks to my sisters for gifting me this occasion!!  Check out upcoming shows at the following website: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Bob-Carr-Performing-Arts-Centre-tickets-Orlando/venue/278567

And the exciting recent news is we have finally installed our brand new oven, into our brand new condo.  The more organized I become, the more ready I feel to confidently stride forward as an actor, singer and writer.  It is a cleansing of mind, body and spirit.

Wishing you a fulfilling week ahead!

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