So hanging out with a friend yesterday and he asks me, so what’s the plan? What is the plan? Did I just come out here to be discovered? No, of course not. This is my to-do list (and yes, in a particular order):
1. Get a haircut (my hair’s shaggy and my layers are gone. it’s long overdue)
2. Update my headshots (because of my new haircut and style -I recently got a perm- and also it’s good to have multiple head shots, my last one was 2 years ago)
3. Update resume (revamp it and add this website)
4. Buy the Ross reports at Sam French (essentially this is the list of agencies in town, I’m going to mass spam them with my updated headshot and resume)
5. Email contacts and leads of possible agents and friends
6. Network network network (friends of friends that know people)
7. Take a class (whether it’s improv or the Meisner method, must work on the craft)
What have I done? Well for starters, I’ve registered for la casting which is basically craigslist for actors. There are a lot of reality shows and music video castings on there, but once in awhile there are some good opportunities – i.e. character pieces for a student film, so you never know. What’s so bad about reality shows and music video? Nothing really, they’re just not for me. I don’t want to be a reality star nor a YouTube sensation, I want to be a serious actor. Reality usually requires a certain personality. I don’t want to be a personality or a celebrity, I want to dress up and play interesting characters. What about music videos? A lot of the time, casting for music videos asks for hot sexy women … what’s wrong with that? Listen, I’m grateful for my mass comm degree for this reason: I know how to market myself. Even if I were to believe in myself that I am hot and sexy, other people might not believe that. I’m not believable as the seductress vixen and I’m ok with that. Look, I know being an actor you have to versatile, but honestly if the audience doesn’t buy it, it’s not working. I’m marketable as the girl next-door type, nerdy dorky best friend. I’m 25 but I look like I’m 16. I have long limbs and walk on my toes. I’m an awkward teenager. If I can get roles like these and pull them off, I’ve won the audience. Once I’ve won the audience, what next? I have two options: either let myself be typecast, or find challenging roles that allow me to showcase my versatility as an actress. Look at Adam Sandler. For years, he played the funny guy, obnoxious loud frat goof guy. He played it well and people liked him for it. And then he did Punch Drunk Love. Forget about type casting.
Lastly, I’ve started this tumblr. Through it, I can keep track of my progress (or lack thereof, god forbid it). I can keep tabs on myself. Other people can monitor me (assuming that they read this blog). I can set up goals and see by the end of the given time period if it has been accomplished. And that’s it really if you think about it. I’m not gonna be a superstar overnight, it’s such a broad concept, how does one make a to-do list for it? By being specific. By deciding on a specific goal within a specific time frame, accomplish it and then move on to the next one. After a bunch of these little specific accomplishments, maybe one day I’ll get there. So, what’s the first foreseeable goal? To get an agent by the end of the year. Wish me luck!