is the romantic comedy I produced for PianoFight and
it’s running right now. Self-promotion time: it’s perfect for
Valentine’s Day, it’s an original play, and it’ll make you laugh and tug
at your heart strings. SLUMPBUSTER plays Thursdays & Sundays at 8PM
at Asylum Lab (1078 Lilian Way). Tickets are $20 online or at the door BUT just $15 with code “WRIGLEY”
My producing partner, the director and I all worked out asses off
getting this play up and running and after this opening weekend I am
even more proud of it. It’s a fine bunch of actors we assembled.
people come to Los Angeles thinking, I’ll give it a year then pack my
things and go home. But it doesn’t work that way. Atleast, I don’t think
it does. If you’re in it- you’re in it for the long haul. That’s what
committing to this lovely passion means. That’s what passion means.
Three years ago I took a leap of faith and did a play with a theater
group that only came into existence with that very play. It was their
debut production. This little theater group is now a full blown
production company, with which I produce, direct and act in original
material. Not to mention they are also some of my best friends. Well,
this past weekend was an amazing couple of days for my little group. Not
only did we have sold out crowds for the opening of our hit show,
ShortLived, in both SF and LA, we also gained a mention in THE NEW YORK TIMES.
We were all so excited. Our little company, that can get excited by a
mere mention in the East Bay Express got featured in the Arts section of
the NY Times! Well, that leap of faith paid off.
And that is my excuse for being so MIA on my beloved blog! Sorry for slacking.
ShortLived 3.0 is a 3-month long audience judged playwright
competition that I’ve been working on for the past couple of months and
it premieres this evening! Yay for self-produced stuff! Yay for local
artists! Yay for theater!
If you’re in LA, check it out!
About the Show
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year I took an on-camera commercial audition workshop. It was kind of a
fluke that I got into it, but I benefited from it greatly nonetheless. I
gained an awesome friend who is now helping me with the producing of ShortLived,
but I also took away some great tidbits– not necessarily just for
commercial auditions, but all auditions in general. One of those tidbits
was: be a good little soldier.
the workshop instructor and working casting director, gave this piece
of advice to the class the very first day and it stuck. Our jobs as
actors is to wait outside, be quiet, obedient and patient until the
moment we are called in. Then we do the best work we possibly can, say
thanks and leave. We are not to cause any drama, any problems or any
trouble. It’s true… we can complain all we want about the inefficiency
of an audition process, the crapiness of the sides, or whatever but is
that going to change anything? No. It just shows you got a shitty
attitude and who wants to work with that? We can use other arenas to
vent (a blog, our best friend, our boyfriend, our actor friends), but
not the casting office itself!
This really came into play today when I was waiting at CAZT
for an indie-feature audition yesterday. The girl who was two spots
ahead of me started talking to all of us who were waiting outside of the
casting room about how she’d been waiting there for over an hour, how
it’s so ridiculous and she’s so sick and tired of these non-union
projects disrespecting actors, not valuing her time, abusing their
privileges etc etc. My time is precious, she said. It’s not fair.
She’s right. It’s not fair. I’ve had those complaints myself. But I
would never voice these rants outside of the room I’m about to step into
for the audition! It’s bad vibes for the waiting room. It’s bad karma
for you. And it’s just bad manners. We just need to show up, do good
work and leave. Then we can let it all out!