Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Stage 9 ROCKS! or What a Difference a Day Makes

How cool is this? : One day on the job and Stage 9 has gotten me auditions (over the next two days) for:

• Jeep Cherokee playing an "outdoors type" friend
• Love interest for Avril Lavigne in one of her videos

Rock on.

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Depressing thought?

Ya know, in many ways getting a new agent is like starting over. I was so excited when I got my previous agent, everything just seemed to click and everything just felt right, that it seemed like I was on the right path, and then to have that relationship fail so miserably with only 3.5 auditions, just sucks. I think that's one of the reasons it took me so long to jump ship. Once 6 months went by, I felt like I needed to stay with that agent just to justify staying for that long.

But, no regrets. I'm certain if I had stayed there another year I would've been in the same spot a year from now. Onward!

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Pivot

Y'know, just looking over this blog from a couple weeks back, I noticed I started thinking about getting a new agent (at least seriously), around the 12th of this month. So in just a couple of weeks I've changed my theatrical and commercial agent and have started on a new path to full-time actorhood. Sometimes life's so sweet. Now let's see what this new agent can do!

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Hello Stage 9!

So yesterday was such an awful/great day. I've been stressed about it knowing that I had to:
a.) Audition with prepared material for Carol and Blossom at Stage 9
b.) Let go of my current theatrical and commercial agents
c.) Tape a prepared scene in Dee's class

Well everything went just peachy. I felt great about my audition for Stage 9, where I did a heavy, emotional scene which Blossom seemed to really respond to. She was telling me how nice it was that I could act, 'cuz there are a lot of pretty faces out there who can't. After the audition, Blossom and I talked for almost an hour, about the business, their past successes and what they'll be doing for me. Was great. Felt really good going out of there. Madonna confirmed at class later that Blossom, in fact, LOVED me! Yippee! Dance of joy!

Meeting with other agents to let them go went about as well as could be expected. Although in some ways I feel like I've wasted a year being with that theatrical agent, I really can't harbor any ill-will towards him as I could've left at any time since I wasn't under contract, and it was a learning experience (Lesson: KNOW WHEN IT'S TIME TO GO! Even when they're telling you to stay - my heart knew it was time to go 6 months ago.). Commercial agents were cool. I gave one of 'em a hug. No tears in anybody's eyes, mine included - another sign I should've left months ago.

Dee's class ROCKED!!! Everyone was especially good last night, including me (heh, heh.). A couple of people told me it was the best work they'd seen from me. Cool. Love that class.

Was so high from the stress combined with the happy ecstacy of the day that I didn't sleep well and am totally tired today at work. I don't think I've had a good night's sleep since sometime last week. Gotta fix that. Maybe tonight, although I have to stay late here at work tonight to make up for the time I took off yesterday. Poop.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Stage9 Audition Today

So I have to audition today for the two people in charge of Stage 9's talent: Blossom and Carol. Not really too nervous about it, but we'll see if that changes once I'm there. I want to kick ass on it as I want them to know I'm an awesome actor so they will push me for roles to casting directors. I've prepared two monologues for them, one drama, one comedy. My drama monologue rocks; the comedy one's a little shaky but I couldn't find any great material.

My current agent called me yesterday just to say that he knows he hasn't sent me out in a long time but to hang in there because stuff will happen. He said March will definitely pick up. But it's too little, too late. If he had called me with a couple auditions lined up, it would have made me hesitate about jumping agencies, but as it is, after this audition today, I'm going over to let go of him and my commercial agent. Can't believe I wasted a year, counting on this guy. Can't rely on any more of his promises. One of the things he said to justify me not going out was, "The universe is punishing you for taking time off and now you have to wait." Well, I'm done with waiting, and I don't think the universe is trying to punish me. In fact, I think it's telling me to get out of that agency.

Dee's class is tonight, and we're taping scenes we did last week, only this time, we have them memorized. Should go well. Like my scene. Like my scene partner. Just hope I don't mix up lines from my scene with those from my monologues. Yikes! I shouldn't have even thought that!

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Friday, February 20, 2004

Hardee's audition

So it seems my commercial agents can feel me getting ready to move on... After taking that meeting yesterday with Stage 9 and driving over to LACasting to register my headshot with them, I get back to my apartment and find a message from my current commercial agency saying I have an audition today (Friday) for Hardee's. Never been to a Hardee's, myself. Don't think they're over here on the west coast, at least not in California, but from the looks of their website, it looks like it's the same exact fast food restaurant as Carl's Jr. out here. Same star logo and everything.

It will be interesting to see what happens with this audition. I can't sign with Stage 9 until it resolves, which means I'll have to wait to see if I get a callback before I commit. If it just so happens that I book this thing, I'll probably have to sign with my old agency, which means I could only sign with Stage 9 theatrically and I'm not sure if that's on the table. Hmmm... guess I'll worry about that if it happens. Would be a happy dilemma. I'll have to wait to leave my current, commercial agency until next week, though.

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Thursday, February 19, 2004

Meeting with Madonna and Blossom

So I met with Madonna and Blossom this afternoon to talk about representation. Kind of weird that this agency is a management agency as opposed to a straight-up talent agency but in actuality, they'd be doing both. I just don't think they're licensed agents and they definitely aren't franchised by SAG. Hmmm. Kinda shady, but Blossom was really cool. Kinda old school Hollywood, with tired eyes and a cigarette dangling from her mouth the whole time. She was very straightforward and seemed like she could get me out commercially and possibly theatrically immediately. I have to audition for her partner, Carole, Monday or Tuesday so they can see if I've got the acting chops. Haven't signed anything and am getting my brother-in-law, Mike Luke, to look over the contract to see if anything's awry. This is definitely a small agency, much smaller than my last one, but it looks like they'd work hard for me and get me out there and I would definitely not be lost as they don't really have anyone else who looks like me (Blossom showed me her clients). We'll see where it goes from here, but everything looks promising, and I could have a new agent by next week! Cool. Definitely moving forward.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Stage 9

Okay, so how cool is this: A fellow Tuesday-night student, Madonna, knowing I was seeking new representation after witnessing my conversation/kinesiology session with Dee last night, called me a couple of hours ago and left a voicemail saying she worked at an agency, thought I was a phenomenal talent, and should give her a call to set up an appointment. When I called she was out but I talked with a woman who said she was "the other half of the management team" and had heard of me through Madonna. Her name was Blossom and told me I should drop off a headshot either today or tomorrow so she can take a look.

I looked up the agency, Stage 9, on the SAG website, and couldn't find them, so they might not be franchised, which worries me a bit, but I'll find out more when I talk to Madonna.

Look at that, a couple days of looking for a new agent and I'm already having meetings with Madonna.

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Just as a side note, in Dee's class I got more compliments from classmates for the light, comedic scene I did last night, than I did for the heavy, dramatic scene I did the week before, which I thought was better. Go figure.

Also, Dee had a friend sit in who happens to be a psychic and can see auras and stuff. We all kind of gathered around him after class and he was telling people what color their auras were, but whenever I talked to him or asked him what color mine was (3 times!) he seemed nervous or hesitant and kind of refused to look at me, so I never found out what color(s) mine was.

Hmph. What's up with that?

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Dee's class

In last night's class, Dee paired each actor up with an actress, then had us pick one scene from several on a table, without reading it, just by being attracted to it. My scene partner was Jenn, a blonde actress who's super-talented and also very in touch with energies and theories Dee talks about. We picked a scene named, "Marmalade" which, it turns out, is kind of a light-hearted, borderline comedic scene with some real moments strewn about. I feel much more comfortable with drama, but Dee has been nurturing my comedic side in order to flesh the skills out more. Anyway, this seemed a great scene to have attracted.

Jenn's method is a bit different than most in the class as she doesn't like to rehearse the scene at all. Dee stresses not over-reading, over-blocking or over-rehearsing a scene, but to just play the moments spontaneously and from a real place. The theory is, that if you "are" the character, all the reactions/emotions/beats will come from a genuine place and you won't need to over-rehearse it. Jenn takes this to another level and she doesn't like any rehearsal. I generally like to at least read through the scene once or twice with my scene partner in order to loosely know what we're doing once we're on stage, but I thought this would be a good exercise for me so went with it.

The scene went over really well and I just went for whatever felt right in the moment, which included crawling on the floor under a table looking for a cat, making chicken noises, tearing off my jacket as if I was about to brawl and kissing Jenn on the mouth multiple times. It was great! I felt like I rushed it a bit and Dee had some pointers for both Jenn and I as we're going to be taping the scene to watch next week, but all-in-all I felt really good about it.

Dee also must've picked up on my vibe that I'm ready to leave my agent as she tested me (using a technique called "kinesiology" or "muscle testing") to see if this was in my best interest. Turns out it was, which I knew, but was very happy to have Dee test that out of me as she has been one of the biggest proponents of me staying with my agent.

I'm revitalized again after that class last night. Wish I was holding this energy when I was writing the letter to Angel City Talent yesterday. I'm afraid I might have come off as too needy.

Ah, well. I feel like things are starting to move again. And since things have felt like they've been stuck in cement over the past 11 months, it feels gooOooooOood.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Headshot's in the mail...

Okay. Just sent my headshot to an agent who represented me in the 90's: Mimi Mayer at Angel City Talent. I wasn't with this agency for very long back then, as this was when I decided to ditch the acting career to get a college degree, but I remember liking the agency very much so I wrote a letter and scanned some of my old headshots from the time and made a neat little letter saying "hi" and could she take me back, etc. We'll see what happens.

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Monday, February 16, 2004

More Grrr...

So the official reason my agent gave me last week for not getting me out on that pilot Michael told me about was that I was "too handsome." Now if I were to believe this comment and not take it as him just blowing smoke up my ass, to dazzle me with flattery so I wouldn't be upset about not getting the audition, then I must believe they only want unattractive or regular looking Joes, or maybe Freaks for the role. Michael (who was up for a different role) just called me from the audition to tell me there are many attractive guys up for this role, many of who are more Asian than myself and many who are less (the role calls for someone of Asian descent, of which I am), many of whom are more attractive than me and many of whom are less. So why am I not there, auditioning for this part!? I must fit in there somewhere!!! Seriously, I'm sending out headshots to new agencies tomorrow. Grrr...

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Friday, February 13, 2004

Oh yeah, forgot to mention: A good friend of mine, Michael Cornacchia (he's an amazing talent; funny, lots of presence, fun to be around, featured in spots on ER, the Tick, the Practice and more. Most recently seen as a Cupid in a Subway commercial) told me about a role in a pilot I should tell my agent about. I did. He tried. Didn't happen. So far haven't auditioned for any pilots this season. Grrr...

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New agent?

I think it's time to leave my agent, or at least give it some serious thought.

The whole reason I've stayed with him this long is that he seemed to be genuinely interested in helping me with my acting career and seemed to have a plan for it. However, the more time goes on the more I've come to realize he doesn't have a plan and staying with him is just going to prevent me from moving forward. I just don't understand why he is so passionate about keeping me on when he doesn't seem to be actively trying to get me out on auditions. He's a cool guy and I get along with him better than I've gotten along with any agents previously, but a cool guy does not a good agent make. Actually, I'm sure he's a good agent, just not for me. It'll be hard to leave this agency though, as it's a big agency and I'll definitely have to take a step down to a smaller one if I decide to leave. I'm also with this agency commercially, but they've sent me out on about 3 auditions this past year also, so I think it's time to find a new commercial agent, too. Maybe it's me. *sigh* But I don't think so. It's them.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Still waiting...

Hmmm... still haven't heard from that manager I sent the pic and res to last week. Hmmm...

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Dee's class

Last night's acting class rocked! I currently train in Dee Wallace Stone's (yes, of E.T., 10, the Howling, Cujo, etc.) Acting Studio on Tuesday nights. She is the most amazing person and the students in that class are amazing, too. I transferred to this, the advanced class, from Wednesday night, the intermediate class, about two months ago out of a need to push myself and be around actors who would force me to be better every week. Well, I got all that and more; I find each person interesting and cool and will probably forge real friendships outside of class with these people in the coming months. It's starting to feel more and more like highschool Play Production and Drama class, where we were all close friends and all had a willingness to learn and encourage each other. Is cool.

Dee's class is a little unorthodox (as is she) as far as acting goes. It's about two-parts acting and one-part spiritual growth/healing. Actually, the spiritual stuff is so intertwined with the acting they're really inseparable. In order to move forward in acting/career/life, Dee emphasizes getting over certain blocks that are preventing one from moving on. Not sure if I believe in a lot of the stuff we go over in class, but it is an interesting way of looking at life and acting, and I feel I just need to embrace it in order to get the most out of it. Belief or not, it has helped my acting and self-confidence re: acting and my acting career tremendously.

Anyway, last night I did the best work since I started this new class. Lots of emoting, some crying, some yelling. Was a fun dramatic scene about my character having cancer and my girlfriend not being able to handle it. A few people in the class who I respect a lot (actually, I respect them all) came up to me and pretty much said as much. Dee herself gave me no notes (a rarity!) except to say that I was perfect! Had such a rush the rest of the night. Actually made it hard to sleep.

Dee's class has such a power to make me feel like I can take on the world or to feel like I should just give it all up and live a quiet, "normal" life. Must get to a point where I feel the same regardless of whether I rocked or not. But the rush... I think it's actually worth it to feel shitty some classes to get that feeling of ecstasy when I rock. Maybe the solution is to just rock 100% of the time. Yeah.

Monday, February 09, 2004

I mailed off a pic and res (headshot and resume for the uninitiated) to a manager (Eileen O'Farrell) last Thursday so hopefully I'll get a response this week. It's "pilot season" however, so they may be too busy to be looking for new talent right now. My fingers are crossed.

I've been hesitant to get a manager because I've heard such horror stories about them. Two of my full-time actor buddies have been burned by managers so I've been extremely wary. Unfortunately, my agent is not sending me out on auditions so I need a manager to help out. Fortunately, I heard about Eileen through my acting classes at Dee Wallace Stone's Acting Studio, where, it seems, nothing happens by accident. We'll see.

My agent not sending me out is extremely frustrating. Well, okay, to be fair, he has sent me out three times in the past 11 months. 3 times!!! Once for a Mormon Asian kid for an independent film, once for a hard-core Korean gangster/drug dealer for another independent and once for a middle-aged, overweight white man for a USC student film. Hmmm. Something just not right. Average = 1 audition every 4 months. Sucks.

Check out my headshot and you'll see that, yeah, I'm part Asian, but c'mon! Everyone tells me (casting directors included) that I should be going out on Caucasian stuff, but my agent seems to have pigeonholed me into exclusively Asian roles that I just don't look Asian enough to be right for!

Oh yeah, my agent did send me out on a Japanese-flavored Disney voice-over 10 months ago that actually went pretty far (I heard I was runner-up to the person who did get cast.). So he has sent me out on four auditions. I stand corrected. Average = 1 audition every 3 months. Not as sucky. But still downright sucky.

Well, last year when I was bitching to him about not getting the auditions, he told me to give him a year, and if I saw no results after that, I could leave with no hard feelings, otherwise, he'd be very disappointed to see me go. Well, it has been 11 months. If this manager doesn't work out and nothing changes with my agent by March/April, I'm gonna start looking for a new agent. Yeah. Of course that means I've wasted a whole year, but I don't want to be posting this same stuff a year from now. *sigh*

Friday, February 06, 2004

Just google'd yesterday's date and found out that it was National Weatherma... er, WeatherPERSON day. Not quite what I was looking for as far as a date significant to this site. Oh well. Happy Weatherperson day. Belatedly.

I was going to wait to start this blog when something amazing happened (ie, booking of a commercial, tv show or film), or maybe wait until an important date where it seemed appropriate to start (ie, birthday, new year's day (missed that one), blueberry appreciation day, etc.), or possibly when I thought of a good title for this thing. Alas, last night, reading the latest Gamespy review (Final Fantasy : Crystal Chronicles) at my computer, I just knew if I didn't start it right then, that it would be another 6 months to a year or two or three before I got this started. So I clicked over to Blogger.com, opened an account and here it is. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

Hmm. February 5th, 2004 and starting my blog. Seems like this should be more of an event. There. I'm eating a York Peppermint Patty in celebration. Mmmm. Better.