I had a meeting with a lovely melbourne film director for a product web commercial. It turns out that he's very similar to me - he's from melbourne and is moving to LA to pursue his dreams - the very exact same thing I want to do. I also used to be a producer so I could see where he's coming from. It felt more like 2 producers rather than a director and actor meeting. I'm so glad to be working with him because when 2 people of similar life goals work together, something very powerful happens. (I'm also happy because I didn't have to 'audition' for the role). Instead he bought me coffee and we had a 'chat' just like how the professionals do it in LA. WOW! THANK YOU TIM!
They say when you let things go, it comes flying back!
This week I've had a TVC offer, a role in a low budget film in Sydney, a meeting with a new agent, musical theatre audition, a VCA short film offer and some more medical acting work.
Recently I have decided to let go of acting to focus on a more 'stable' life. I really want to get my life back on track so that my ecosystem is balanced again. I feel that acting was demanding too much of my energy and not providing me with the nourishment I need to get through my daily life.
However, as soon as I let go, all these acting offers/auditions came up within 1 WEEK. It is very rare that I even get a TVC audition, let alone role offers so I think the universe is probably telling me not to give up on acting. The world obviously needs me
I am very lucky to have the opportunity to go back to school this year. sounds strange? - to you it might.
Going to school allows me to connect to the real world instead of dreaming at home and getting depressed. I get to meet new people everyday and make real friendships.
I really enjoy going to class and hearing my teachers talk about how the world should be like (anti-bullying, anti-discrimination etc.) and he is really helping us shape the world into a better place.
I'm grateful that I'm forming richer friendships with real people, 2 of which are staring me right now :P
David, Colin and me on day #2 of shooting
After taking a one-year break from acting due to availability issues, confidence, trust in the universe, beliefs, other life issues, I was kind enough to be offered a role in a short film for tropfest.
At first I was hesitant as I wanted to focus on finding a stable life instead of letting acting ruin everything, but I felt that I was really needed in this project and decided to lend a hand.
It turned out to be a really fun project, despite having to be on set by 7:30am under a bridge in cold, freezing, windy, hailing weather conditions.
Both David and Colin were wonderful to work with, and Spike, the director, made a fine choice in casting. All our personalities matched and it really felt safe. I am very thankful that I was chosen for this project.
Sometimes in life, you just have to let go of your fears/dreams (yes they are closely related), get involved in life and somehow your dreams come true. It's ok to be inspired by others, just not brainwashed.
Wow i've had an amazing 3 days so far.
On Monday I worked as a medical actor for nursing students, and everyone appreciated my work.
On Tuesday I went to ACMI to see my friend's film, Monster Pies
On Wednesday I worked again as a medical actor and decided to 'step up' my performance and go all the way, as last night's film really inspired me to be a better actor. It was also my birthday on Wednesday.
On Thursday I met with my psychic lady for some more spiritual guidance.
Today i'm at TAFE listening to a group presentation. I also went to K-pop dance class which was fun. My teacher looks like an asian Ke$ha.
That's all for now! it was fun posting and blogging. Oh and I started a new youtube channel called kennykennyTV.
I received an email today from an acting agency who noticed that my current status was "freelance artist", and offered their services to me. This all seems very kind and helpful, BUT
Here's what I noticed!
1) It was a generic email written to everyone - they didn't even address me by name
2) they asked for my resume/headshot/showreel, but they didn't even check my website and realise that my headshot, resume and showreel were already there.
If I am looking for an agent to represent me, I would prefer someone who is GENUINELY INTERESTED in me. Rather than sending a mass email to everyone who you could get your hands on, try researching a few people, seeing who you can really help, write them a personal email and show some interest in them.
If only you did this, I probably would have signed up!
TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME!
Hint for actors:
DO NOT write generic emails to casting people sending them junk. Say something meaningful and show that you are interested in them. Talk to them on a personal level. No person likes being treated as a 'business'.
Last night I attended the screening of the 48 hour film festival. It was really fun! I forgot to wear nice clothes again - obviously I'm not one of those A-list red carpet divas, but I guess I should wear something nice.
It reminded me of what life could be like when I become 'successful' whatever that means.
I was so happy that my crew asked me to get involved in their film. It is always nice when people want you. I also got to catch up with some old friends who I met last year while I was chasing student films.
Just had an audition today which the director said that I did very well. It's always nice when people say that - whether they mean it or not. It validates me as an actor and reminds me that this is what I truly should be doing. As if your boss at your day job will ever say nice things to you.
On the way out, I bumped into a film crew who were filming something. I felt like I was in Hollywood again - walk out of an audition, and here they are filming a TV show. It's good to live in a place where things are happening!
here's a pic of some chinese herbs I have been taking since yesterday to help with my stress/frustration/depression
As some of you may know, I've had a bit of a rough week emotionally. Life happens and then you learn from it. I have never talked to so many friends before and I am really lucky that I get to make my blogs here. It's like talking to an audience but not knowing who you are.
Today I worked my last shift as a simulated patient and the doctor really appreciated my work and said I played a very convincing role and requested that I come back next year! This is REALLY refreshing especially since I am at a really low point in my life right now. Someone also contacted me to work on their project so I guess I'm not too shabby for an actor even though at times I feel like letting go of it because of it's erratic nature.
Im currently sitting at Nick's house with Lydia frantically editing the last final part of our film that we made. We were given 48 hours to create/shoot/edit/produce a film and we are down to our 46th hour. It has been a wonderful time filming a fantasy themed film.
I spent the whole of Saturday driving around ringwood, bayswater, lysterfield, richmond which absolutely drained my petrol, but it was so worth it. One of our crew got electrocuted while attempting to jump a fence!
It was an amazing day and we were lucky that Bendigo Cafe in Richmond let us use their cafe for filming. Right now we are editing and hopefully it will be done by the due time! Good luck crew!