first, Hollywood seems like this big elusive place. You’re just a
little tiny microscopic fish in a huge ass pond. Until you stick it out
for a bit.
I’ve been noticing what a small world it truly is. Just like any
profession, you’re in it long enough and some familiar names and faces
will keep popping up. I’m not even a seasoned professional or anything,
by any means, and yet consistently going to acting classes, taking
workshops, producing theater, seeing plays, attending networking events,
I’m starting to bump into people I know or find out I’m connected to
people I didn’t know. And as we all know, LA is not a small town.
It’s actually quite comforting. And motivating. Here I am, still
“green” as far as Hollywood is concerned, and yet I’m already getting called in for an indie feature
via a director I know through a past scene partner and seeing multiple
familiar faces at auditions and finding out certain actor friends are
connected to other actor friends completely unrelated to me. Attending
that screening for Four Faced Liar is a prime example.
It’s so great watching these connections and networks grow and to start feeling like Hollywood, believe it or not, is a real community.
Wednesday night I had the great privilege of seeing a special screening of the indie movie, The Four-Faced Liar, fresh off the film fest circuit including Slamdance.
What was so awesome about watching this movie, was the way it made me
feel: my dream is attainable. Here I was, sitting in this special
screening room in Beverly Hills, and I know the person who wrote,
starred and produced the movie, one of the stars of the movie is a dear
friend, two people who auditioned for my show last week were in the
audience, along with two people who were actually in my show last year,
and then the person I sit next to happened to be someone from my first
year at NYU and then on the way out we bump into a anther actor-friend
from my theater company in LA. There were so many connections. And it
made me feel, I am in the right place. (Not physically, but figuratively
of course. I mean, Beverly Hills aint really my scene).
Don’t get me wrong… there was the flip side to all this too. Let’s be
honest here. It was tough sitting in the audience looking up at a
screen that, in essence, could’ve had me on it. But that’s the cool
part, really. That’s what makes me feel like it’s so attainable. Those
are my peers. And they are making it happen. Which means, so can I.