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wolfLast night, research led me to this magnificiently informative and entertaining behind-the-scenes interview hosted by The Hollywood Reporter December 2013 with five of the top casting directors of T.V. and films.

http://thefilmstage.com/news/watch-1-hour-roundtable-with-casting-directors-behind-the-wolf-of-wall-street-her-blue-jasmine-more/

On the quest for self-improvement, listening to an audio track of Brain Tracy’s “No Excuses: The Power of Self-Discipline”, I came across the “Ten Goal Exercise”, which the writer proudly cites practicing himself nearly every day.  DIRECTIONS: On a clean sheet of paper, with the date and “GOALS” at the top, take 3-5 minutes to write a list of ten goals you would like to achieve in the next 12 months (financial/family/fitness/furniture), and imagine all are achievable if you want it long, and hard, enough.  Then imagine you have a magic wand making any one goal attainable within 24 hours: choose which one would have the greatest positive impact on life right now, and result in all the other goals being more easily achieved.  This focus became the direction guiding me to the above link.  

Ellen Lewis has been the Casting Director to Martin Scorsese for every one of his films since Goodfellas, including most recently “The Wolf of Wall Street”- a fairly good indictor she will cast Mr. Scorsese’s next movie.  Although that next movie may take place in Japan, who knows what the one after that will be, and I could always play a tourist.  One of the stand-out moments in the above interview related to Branding.  Pairing certain actors together and comparing their dollar value with the film’s budget.  The lead actress in Wolf, Margot Robbie, donning an impressive Long Island accent, puts butts in the movie theater seats here in the U.S. and her native Australia, upping her bankability.

Credits, being seen, getting a name/brand out to be known- I am dyslexic, and the adage is backward:  It is who knows you.  If Ellen Lewis knows I exist, am consistently complimented by camera operators as having great reactions to the lead actors in a scene, then… it comes down to Networking.  Ms. Lewis is savvy and sharp in this interview.  I look forward to telling her in person within the next 12 months.

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April has proven to be the Busiest month and, Made_in_NY_logotruly, I wish I had photos from one of the most recent “amazing” adventures!!  Alas, as with most all productions “Everyone who is working on the film will sign a Non Disclosure form; This means you will not share any information about what we are filming on any social media- twitter, facebook, blogs, etc. If you do share any of this confidential information you will be sent home from set.”  How long will casting hold a grudge for making their job more difficult and causing them to look bad?  For ginormous budget movies/television one may not even have phones on-set and we are warned: should phones be seen- they will be confiscated, plus, you agreed to the confidentiality agreement.  The element of surprise is ultra-paramount.

Even when phones are permitted, they cause unnecessary distraction- preventing the smoothest production value.  The reason texting while driving is against the law: a cell phone seize your sole focus.  Thus, making you unaccountable when, say, the Assistant Director needs you to perform the action captured in every other camera angle of this scene, but because you are on your phone …. around the corner, five-ten production minutes (which might as well be five-ten hours) are wasted yelling your name.  I leave my phone tucked away and only check it when “turning around” is announced-the term for placing all the equipment and camera on the opposite side of a shot to catch the corresponding coverage.  This usually takes a good ten minutes, between cables, lights, props, “the village” (chairs, monitors, etc.), people, and all the rest-thankfully allowing ample time to take a quick peek at the e-mail for any upcoming casting opportunities requiring rapid response.

Twice this month, I again worked on “Boardwalk Empire”, putting me, so far, in all but one episode for the new season.  In #403, one scene takes place in a charming real location, and while I sit at the counter indulging, take after take, in the after-glow of consuming the best cherry pie a-la-mode I never ate, my day actually started with a different action.  My shadow can be seen walking up to the ‘Ladies’ room opaque glass door and knocking as the beautiful main character, leg raised ….

Come on now, we covered consequence and curiosity at the the beginning here- Thank you for tuning in!

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This week I traveled in to New York City.  This was only the second solo excursion ventured on by yours truly to the Big Apple.  There I am, on the train, for the hour and twenty-minute jaunt in, when a family of four sits in the three seats facing me.  The boys are approximately six and eight- the youngest having a hard time letting go why there are not seat belts.  His concern voiced was “how fast does the train go” and “shouldn’t there be seat belts”– his anxiety is not assuaged and he uncomfortably remains standing, reaching awkwardly to grip tightly the small hand rail in the headrest.  Eventually, he did relax into the space between his mother and older brother.

I smiled at his innocence and fear, reminded how an hour earlier my own inner voice, threatened by uncertainty, urged a rapid retreat back to “safety”.  When I am afraid of a task: I procrastinate.  This day I was hesitant to hear an undesirable answer from a casting company.  A favorable response also proved a daunting consideration, because this would mean coming face to face with a stranger who had the power to give me work.  That day, at that moment, the glass was half-full-empty.  Why can trepidation prove so powerful?  Trust wavers in the security of life providing specific experiences as needed for the Universe to conspire in our best interest.

If every venture proved fruitful, what reward would make valuable results distinguishable- all results would be valuable.  Wait….all results are valuable- when we learn, realize untapped strength, and create growth.  This day a missed train, pre-selected the night before to arrive optimally early, became a teaching catalyst. Watching the transport pull away moments before I would have stepped onto the scaffold, I believed, at that time, the valuable lesson was: allot ten ‘extra’ minutes for parking/walking to the departure platform.  Typing here now, the real lesson was from a six-year-old on his way to the Museum of Natural History. Recognizing a reflection of shared emotions from an objective perspective provided a serene, sweet acceptance and appreciation toward trusting all moments- especially the in between.

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Yesterday was the first day for me employing myself full-time as managing director of my dreams.  Two weeks ago, notice was provided to a (by some standards) well-paying, career oriented, “secure” paycheck employer.  Now I am available to show up with all the best energy to devote toward acting, and the prime time required for auditioning, which a day job was monopolizing.  For over six months, I have been saving and following (with what drive remains after a 45 minute commute) a well devised list of monthly goals toward this moment.

How determined I was to be the best employee I could be for someone else: this month’s goal now rests on working diligently for the artistic career of my dreams, and bringing them into waking reality.  In a quantitative manner, that means three auditions a week, propagating more than one paying gig weekly before the end of August. Yesterday, I appealed to casting directors using a smart, focused submission for their current casting projects- which included a three paragraph letter demonstrating my knowledge and interest in their prior and future work.  Today, I e-mailed newspaper editors I already established a relationship with through the goals of the last few months [Networking].   The hope is for a review/interview [Marketing] of the play I am currently performing in at the Vanderbilt Museum on Long Island ( http://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/home.php?section=events#twelfth-night ).

These two elements of a successful business, Networking and Marketing, are the key requirements I most need to Practice– which is the third ingredient key to achieve.  Acting, for me is the easy part because I know at the end it comes down to working hard and then letting go of it all.  The letting go can be the challenge, but one can only get to a safe point of surrendering ‘it’ to the Fates when one has worked hard enough to trust, knowing all has been done.  Nothing comes through force.  Patience, perseverance, and precision regularly return rewards.  I realize this is a marathon, rather than a sprint.  Today is but day two, and while I envision the future, today I advance my cause and submit for more auditions!

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Sundays occasionally prove emotionally challenging.  As the eve of returning to the five day, nine to five, work week at a job lacking the creativity I yearn to fill my life- Sundays signify the end of Freedom. Sometimes I persevere, redirecting slight depression to focus on seizing moments in pursuit of opportunities to sustain this standard of living through Acting.  There is a value to having a job, and I am grateful for the ‘comfort’ to pay the bills and throw a twenty percent chunk straight into savings.  I am even more thankful to have chosen to live within my means, rather than beyond them as so many people fall into the trap of doing.  Each day I show up for the job, I am closer to a monetary goal which will create true freedom by allowing me to wean from the “real job in the ‘grown-up’ world” and court the passion of my life full time.

Since the beginning of this year, monthly goals have been set toward gathering tools to market myself, to research/establish industry contacts, and to work the net of afore mentioned contacts- all while saving for a future truly free to achieve a dream with dedication. Postcards, business cards, a website, this blog, and a growing list of newspaper writers, casting directors, and agents are the beginning to create an awareness of my name.  A casting director is only going to ‘find’ me once I put myself on her radar.  By sending a postcard with my eye-catching headshot and website information on one side and a short paragraph expressing genuine enthusiasm for his projects- past, current, and future- on the other side, praising her wins without asking for anything in return, I have created my very first !BLIP! on his screen.

In a month, I’ll follow up with two fresh, flatteringly honest paragraphs to !BLIP! her again with my presence.  Eventually my bonafide interest in him generates great possibility for her to affirmatively reciprocate a request for a write-up or audition.  It’s NOT ‘who you know’; rather ‘IT IS WHO KNOWS YOU’.  I am passionate about becoming known!  !BLIP!