went to my website the other day just to see something and, in my
horror, discovered that my website no longer existed. Insert minor freak
out. Apparently I never got the memo that MobileMe was discontinuing
its services and so all websites hosted by the platform would be
defunct. However, this was a sort of blessing in disguise as it allowed
me to completely rethink and remake my website. It ended up being really
fun, and a great opportunity to look back at all that I’ve
accomplished. This gave me even greater motivation to create a website
that truly reflects me and what I am capable of. So many of these actor
marketing gurus talk about brand and image. I find, that it kind of ends
up happening without too much trying. If you stay true to yourself
while you market, you wind up with a very specific look and feel to you.
I could be wrong. Maybe you’re looking at my Twitter, Facebook, Website
and thinking what is this girl talking about. Anyway, I feel they all
represent me pretty well– especially as far as a casting director or
agent or film director is concerned.
The new site was like a new boost in the entire acting career
department, which I’ve been feeling pretty shitty about recently. I even
got some new photos taken over the weekend to use online, marketing or
where ever. I also got the rough cut of the teaser trailer for my movie.
This career is full of ups and downs so sometimes you have to create
your own ups to keep on going…
Well, without further ado, please check out the new and improved, NinaHarada.com!
was going to write this post about three projects I have in a row, when
another amazing opportunity landed in my lap– hence, “good things come
in three or more”. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, opportunity breeds opportunity!
This is the time that it’s really, really important I stay on my
submissions, auditions, marketing, networking, etc. I can’t get lazy now
no matter how exhausted I may feel (and I am! I want a vacation so
badly…) because now is the time I should be doing even more!
I feel a lot of good energy in the air right now, and for good reason
=): completion of the second rendition of my original screenplay with
my writing partner (just over a year now we’ve been working on
this) and getting ready to have a reading; release of the short I
shot last year; the three projects in a row that initially inspired this
post (Occupy the Heart, which is happening now; Vagina Monologues,
which opens in March; and Central Air, which opens in April); and the
latest opportunity that just came my way, a really awesome networking
gig happening this Wednesday!
It is no coincidence that all of these things are happening at the
same time. When it rains it pours. And when I find myself complaining
that I have too many lines to memorize at once or having scheduling
conflicts between shows and auditions, I have to stop and think to
myself- that is a good problem to have! I can’t let the weeks or months
pass, satisfied that I’m busy, and not continue to go after the dream. I
admit, I have done that in the past… a lot. I’ll get cast in a show or a
short or something, and then stop doing submissions and therefore stop
auditioning for a solid month! Not good. You have to keep chugging
along. And I’m chugging! I’ve been working hard on my target agency
lists, finally signed up for a CD workshop and actually making and
meeting my bi-monthly goals from this awesome artist-check-in group I am
a part of. And it’s only February! Yessss. This is the year I’m going
to squash that fear. This is the year…
One of my fave actor-friendly bloggers, Bonnie Gillespie,
has embarked on a 5-week Critiquing series on her weekly column, The
Actors Voice. She opened her email inbox to headshots, resumes and
websites from the everyday actor to get critiqued on her column. The
main theme of her critiques is that your resume, headshot and website
are all marketing tools, first and foremost.
Here is a link to her in-depth actors resume critiques.
Here is a link to her headshots critiques.
Here is a link to all of her old posts, which cover resumes, headshots, cover letters, demo reels and websites.
She’ll be having more posts in the Mondays to come…